A hole, known as a coronal hole, recently opened up in the Sun which released a swarm of solar particles into space.
However, Earth recently moved into the path of the stream of highly-charged particles, and experts believe that this could affect technology on Earth.
According to SpaceWeather.com, Earth reached the path of the solar storm on April 9, but our planet is now moving in to the belly of the beast.
The hole is also so wide that Earth could be submerged in the array of solar particles for another three days.
In a brief statement on the Website, the forecasters say: “The gaSEOus material is flowing from a wide hole in the Sun’s atmosphere – so wide that the emerging stream could influence Earth for another 2 to 3 days.”
Currently, the storm is classified as a G-1, or minor, storm.
So far the solar storm has caused auroras in the upper reaches of the northern hemisphere, but the consequences could potentially be more serious.
For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.
Solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power.
The higher amounts of radiation also leave people vulnerable to cancer.
Source : EXPRESS