The active sunspots discovered on the sun’s surface release billions of tons of plasma and generate magnetic fields. Though the geomagnetic storm is moderate, it can interfere with satellite, space and aviation communications.
A solar storm that hit the Earth on Monday caused a radio outage over the Pacific Ocean. The incident lasted a few seconds.
The strong flow of energized particles affected the poles, with the blackout enduring for roughly seven hours.
“As for radio blackouts, yes, the risk is increasing now. We have already had two small M-class flares, resulting in short-lived R1-level radio blackouts today, but they may soon become longer and larger. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has the risk for an R1-R2- level radio blackout at 60 percent over the next couple of days,” physicist Tamitha Skov told DailyMail.