Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, “space weather” officials in the US have said.
Individually the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, would not warrant special warnings but their unusually close timing and direct path towards Earth prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Centre to issue an alert.
The first CME burst from a magnetically disturbed region of the sun on Monday night and other erupted on Wednesday, said centre director Thomas Berger.
“We don’t expect any unmanageable impacts to national infrastructure from these solar events at this time, but we are watching these events closely,” Berger said.
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