Our Sun viewed in multiple wavelengths
The Sun is continuing its rowdy behavior, with flares and coronal mass ejections almost every day since mid-January. That means the inevitable has happened: some of those eruptions have blasted in the general direction of Earth, which means we’re in for some solar storms…
That doesn’t mean we have anything to worry about; in fact, we’ve already been hit by mild and moderate geomagnetic storms over the last couple of days, clocking in at G1 and G2 on the five-level solar storm scale.
This level indicates there may be some degradation of high-frequency radio signals at high latitudes, and corrective actions may need to be taken for satellites due to changes in drag. There may be power grid fluctuations, and some disruption to migratory animals’ activity. And, if the conditions are right, satellites can be knocked out of the sky.
We may also see an uptick of both aurora borealis and aurora australis.
Northern latitudes should catch the best nighttime light show. Not so, the desert Southwest.