Ramakanta Biswas

Amidst the Covid-19 crisis that has adversely impacted the lives of people across the globe, another threat in the form of a solar storm is fast approaching the world. 

The powerful solar storm is approaching the earth at a speed of 1.6 million kilometre per hour, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is likely to hit the planet’s magnetic field anytime today or tomorrow. 

According to Spaceweather.com, the storm started in the Sun’s atmosphere. The storm is capable of disrupting GPS navigation, mobile phone signals, and satellite TV.

According to sources, as the sun is made of gas, the gas sometimes bursts inside the sun but mostly traps inside and rarely gets released, the release turns into a solar storm and moves opposite to the sun.

Now the solar storm is moving towards the earth and may hit it. People may see flames of fire in the sky. 

Disruption in power and communication systems due to solar storm is common. However, they pose no major risk to human health, according to The Times Of India. 

Those residing in higher latitudes may get to witness spectacular aurora activity. Solar storms, loaded with charged particles, interact with the earth's magnetic fields to produce the celestial displays in the night skies, the Times Of India reported.