- The Northern Lights, aka the Northern Lights, could also be visible in parts of the country tonight.
- The storm is rated “G2,” which is the second level on the NOAA five-level storm scale.
- The impacts of the geomagnetic storm are expected to ease by Tuesday.
A “moderate” geomagnetic storm is forecast for Earth on Monday, which could cause some fluctuations in the power grid at higher latitudes and could also affect some satellites, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.
The Northern Lights, aka the Northern Lights, could also be visible in parts of the country on Monday evening in the northern New England states of Washington, according to SpaceWeather.com.
The storm is rated “G2,” which is the second level on the NOAA five-level storm scale. (G1 storms are minor, while G5 storms are considered extreme.)
The storm is courtesy of a solar flare: On Saturday, a solar flare from a sunspot initiated a coronal mass ejection back to Earth, causing the geomagnetic storm on Monday, SpaceWeather.com said .
High latitude electrical systems can set off voltage alarms and damage to transformers could be possible if the storm lasts long enough, NOAA said.
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As with satellites, corrective orientation actions may be required by ground control.
Colored auroras are formed when particles from the sun are picked up by the earth’s magnetic field. The particles interact with atmospheric gas molecules to cause the famous red and green glowing colors of the aurora.
It has happened before:Around 2,700 years ago, an unusually powerful solar storm swept across the Earth
The lights are visible in both the far north and the south of the world. The aurora australis is known as the aurora australis.
The impacts of the geomagnetic storm are expected to ease by Tuesday and Wednesday, NOAA said.