The sun sets off a solar storm that could affect the power grid and satellites – and create swirling northern lights – .


Small geomagnetic storms could hit Earth after the Sun coughs up plasma, experts said.
Minor storms could affect some equipment on Earth and make auroras visible in some places in the north, experts say.

The sun-triggered coronal mass ejection is expected to sweep the Earth’s magnetic field, experts have warned.

But there is no cause for concern, despite some reports suggesting that there is cause for concern, and the effects are likely to be very limited.

The Met Office said the CME will likely arrive late Saturday or early Sunday.

It is believed that there is a 30% chance that this will lead to a minor or G1 class storm, which will likely peak on Sunday, he said.

Geomagnetic thunderstorms are rated on a scale that starts with G1 and goes up from there, with G2 being twice as powerful as G1, and so on.

A class G1 storm can cause small fluctuations in the power grid, some effects on satellites as well as the possibility of dawn.

There could be more geomagnetic activity than expected if there was a second “crown hole” that went into effect at the same time, the Met Office warned. It was not clear how likely this was and when it could happen, but it is clear that the effects would only be small, he said.


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