Solar Storm: Researchers Expect Even More Violent Eruptions,solar Flare

Danger averted – for now: The massive solar storm, the scientists observed since Tuesday, has had no impact on the earth. But the next eruption will be picked.

Danger averted – for now: The massive solar storm, the scientists observed since Tuesday, has had no impact on the earth. But the next eruption will be picked.

The sun is currently active. For the people on the ground but that is not dangerous.

The sun had on Tuesday hurled charged particles and a giant cloud of plasma into space. The scientists observed with some concern: The eruption could hit the Earth’s magnetosphere and cause geomagnetic storms, they were afraid. Thus disturbances in power networks and in satellite navigation would have been possible – but for example also has auroras over Germany.

Indeed, the effects of the solar storm was far less than expected. “Its going to happen any more, the cloud has actually been through,” Werner Curdt of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau, Lower Saxony, the dpa news agency said on Thursday. “The potential threat is perhaps a bit high was located,” said the researchers.

But he expects that it will come in the coming years with increasing solar activity to similar eruptions back often. “In the next two or three years there will be such events more frequently, and they will probably be even more violent,” said Curdt.

Solar activity varies over an eleven-year cycle. “We are now in the rising cycle. In the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, the sun was very little activity, as people were already worried because it was very little activity, “said the scientist.

Now, however, begin a phase in which it often – could give comparable solar storms – even several times per month. “At least thats always been so, but you can not predict,” said Curdt.

If the storms are growing stronger and caught the full force of the earth, in the words of the scientist even more serious consequences are possible. “It may in fact be scenarios that would not imagine dear,” said Curdt. A particularly strong solar storm was about as on 1 and 2 September 1859, the just-introduced telegraph lines crippled and produced northern lights, which were still visible in Rome and Havana.

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