Mar 9, 2012
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NASA Warns Interference on Earth by Solar Storm

 

WASHINGTON – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that communications on Earth could be affected after the Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and the Solar Observatory and HeliosfĂ©rtico (SOHO) detected two flares enromes.

The first was billed as the largest of the solar activity cycle and the second largest recorded since 2006 moving at a speed of over 2 000 kilometers per second, while the other, a little slower, travels to about 1.770 km per second.

Because of this phenomenon, NASA expects the electromagnetic storm caused by solar activity on Earth and Mars close to 18:25 GMT.

It is also hoped that in its route passes by several NASA spacecraft such as Messenger (studying Mercury), the Spitzer telescope and STEREO-B and although the agency did not show concern for their ships, said he could register network problems Power supply high frequency radio and GPS as a result of radiation levels.

Experts estimate that the effect could extend up to three days, although the greatest impact will occur in the first 24 hours.

NASA said that the Sun goes through regular cycles of activity and every eleven years or so, there is a peak in their activity, causing storms that sometimes deform the Earth’s magnetic field and may even cross it and this is one of those years .

The flames originated in the region AR 1429 which has increased its activity in recent days and is the area that also produced two solar mass ejections traveling at 482 kilometers per second and could reach Earth within the next days.

Plasma from these ejections can create a severe geomagnetic storm that could also affect communications and cause auroras could be seen at low latitudes to central Asia.

 

 

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