Harness the power of the Sun with these hand-held displays

A dramatic geomagnetic storm watch is currently in effect — Thursday night and up until Oct. 31, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA predicts. The event is caused by an extremely intense…

Harness the power of the Sun with these hand-held displays

A dramatic geomagnetic storm watch is currently in effect — Thursday night and up until Oct. 31, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA predicts.

The event is caused by an extremely intense flare released by the sun in October. The X17 flare will release significant particles into space and affect Earth’s auroras, according to NASA. At least eight to 10 G4 storms are also expected.

The unplanned Sept. 23 event has the potential to be catastrophic for power grids and astronauts on the International Space Station, according to The Associated Press.

Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, parts of Europe and Russia, Singapore, and China are all under red alert, which means dangerous G4 storms are underway.

This will be the strongest geomagnetic storm since 2003. So please be sure to stay updated, as this may affect the migration of tourists this Halloween.

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Storms of this magnitude are uncommon, and happen with close to regularity on average, and researchers say they are still in the process of fully understanding how they happen and why they’re so dangerous.

One of the overarching scientific themes is that this does not predict a major solar storm, which can last months, or even years. Most usually only affect Earth once every decade or so.

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