A physicist explained the features and causes of unusual magnetic storms this week

Researchers from the Solar Astronomy Laboratory of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the SB RAS predict increased activity in the Earth’s magnetosphere, including four G1 magnetic storms.

Although G1 magnetic storms are considered the weakest on a scale of five, their duration and frequency are cause for concern. Experts note that such long periods of geomagnetic activity are rare.

Constant geomagnetic activity throughout the week can affect weather-sensitive people. There is a danger of a possible cumulative effect that could worsen their condition over time.

Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Sergey Bogachev from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences explains that the current activity is associated with the solar wind. He emphasizes that despite the duration, weak storms are expected, but the Earth’s magnetic field will be unstable.

Bogachev notes that magnetic storms caused by solar flares are usually shorter and more powerful. The current phenomenon, although long-lasting, is a series of weaker disturbances.

It is currently unclear whether this series of storms will be abnormal, but it is the longest this year. Researchers also do not rule out the possibility of unexpected changes in the strength of storms and the appearance of new auroras.

Despite not expecting a cumulative effect from magnetic storms, Bogachev recommends that weather-sensitive people get enough rest, drink more water and avoid stress, especially in an urban environment with its electromagnetic background.

Author Makar Gorshenin

Makar Vadimovich Gorshenin is a student at the Moscow University of Finance and Law, a freelance correspondent for Pravda.Ru.

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