Back up your data. Put a map in the glove department and, if you have vinyl and a turntable, or a transistor radio, you might want to break them out too. Oh and you might want to get some sleep. The Russian Academy of Sciences issued a report that an enormous geomagnetic storm will hit Earth on March 18.
The Russian scientists claim the coming storm may cause headaches and dizziness in people across the world. While there is no fear, at this time, that the disturbance will reach the capacity to affect power lines, it will disturb some people’s sleep.
Intense solar events send high levels of radiation, which interacts with our planet’s magnetosphere. “A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth,” according to the Space Weather Prediction Center’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The largest storms that result from these conditions are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) where a billion tons or so of plasma from the sun, with its embedded magnetic field, arrives at Earth.”
The Sun has been very active lately. This will be the third storm this year to reach Earth. The first took place on January 15th. On February 19, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite captured a solar flare releasing a coronal mass ejection big enough to interfere with radio communications, GPS signals, flight plans, national security and other electronics. The recent activity is the beginning of the upcoming solar maximum, which is due to peak in the next couple of years.