Published on: February 10, 2022

GEOMAGNETIC STORM

GEOMAGNETIC STORM

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Elon Musk’s Starlink has lost dozens of satellites that were caught in a geomagnetic storm a day after they were launched

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WHAT IS GEOMAGNETIC/SOLAR STORM:

  • Magnetic plasma
  • Ejected at great speed from the solar surface
  • Occur during the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots
  • Can last for a few minutes or hours
  • Travel at millions of miles an hour

HOW DOES IT AFFECT EARTH

  • Not all solar flares reach Earth
  • Hit operations of space-dependent services like global positioning systems (GPS), radio, and satellite communications
  • Create disturbances in the magnetosphere
  • Astronauts on spacewalks face health risks

WHAT ARE SUN SPOTS – ‘Dark’ regions on the Sun that are cooler than the surrounding photosphere