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A plasma explosion from the sun may touch the earth today


Space weather experts predict that an explosion of plasma from the sun will lead to a solar storm touching our planet on Tuesday. One of the brightest and fastest coronal mass ejections (CMEs) of the current solar cycle oscillates near Earth on June 1. Although it is not expected to hit the planet head-on, space weather forecasters predict that a lightning strike could occur. CMEs are brutal ejections of plasma and magnetic streaks that erupt from the corona, the sun's outer atmosphere.

According to NASA, a large CME could contain billions of tons of material moving at millions of miles per hour. Coronal mass ejections sometimes occur after a solar flare appears, although the two are independent of each other. And SpaceWeather revealed that CME may now get close enough to Earth's magnetic field to cause a solar storm over the planet.

Small G1 geomagnetic storms will likely occur on June 1, as CME is expected to clear the Earth's magnetic field. Sunspots are known to be darkening on the surface of the Sun, where the magnetic field causes temperatures to drop, causing CMEs to erupt. This is one of the brightest and fastest CMEs of the new solar cycle 25. And if it's headed straight toward Earth, the forecast could be different, requiring large geomagnetic storms rather than small magnetostorms.

Fortunately, the sunspots were not directly facing our planet. Therefore, forecasters only expect that the end of the plasma cloud will collide with the magnetosphere. But a hit could be sufficient to cause a small G1 geomagnetic or solar storm. Scientists classify solar storms on a scale from G1 (moderate) to G5 (severe). The most powerful storms can cause widespread power outages, reduce satellites and even damage power grids.

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