The IKI RAS reported the most powerful magnetic storm in 20 years

A powerful ejection of solar plasma hit the Earth. We found out when the peddling luminary will calm down

The most powerful in 20 years magnetic storm hit the Earth on the evening of March 24, reported on Monday with reference to the solar astronomy laboratory of the Institute of Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The highest magnitude X flare occurred on Saturday morning, causing solar wind gusts of up to 800 km/s. As a result, a thick stream of plasma, heated to 100 thousand degrees, rushed towards the Earth.

Having reached our planet, the ejection provoked a strong disturbance of the magnetic field – at the moment of the peak (about 22 hours Moscow time) to level G4. The magnetosphere was stormed more severely only on September 11, 2005, that is, almost 20 years ago.

The flux density of charged particles is very non-uniform, which further destabilizes the situation, including in terms of interference with radio communications with spacecraft.

According to scientists, the risks of subsequent active events on our star still remain; they expect final stabilization of space weather no earlier than Thursday – Friday of this week.

Author Sergey Kobin

Sergey Kobin – journalist, correspondent for the Pravda.Ru news service

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