Geomagnetic Storm Likely to Affect Earth This Week

The effects of a geomagnetic storm will likely be felt this week due to eruptions from the sun sending plasma toward Earth, which could hamper global communications equipment.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center over the weekend issued a geomagnetic storm watch for Monday and Tuesday, warning that a “high-speed stream from a coronal hole is expected to influence the Earth.”

A coronal hole, according to the SWPC, is a cool, less dense region of plasma on the sun that allows solar wind to more easily escape into space. This solar activity can have an adverse effect on equipment used for navigation and communication.

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