How to protect yourself from radiation from solar flares and asteroids
A little over a decade ago, NASA launched a solar flare that produced the largest magnetic storm in the history of the Earth.
And in a little over five years, a similar storm will be brewing, with a second solar flare due to occur next month.
NASA says the magnetic storm is expected to produce “potentially significant radioactivity” in the ionosphere and the atmosphere of the planet, but it’s important to note that there’s no evidence that these storms have affected the planet in any way.
But a study from the Canadian National Research Council suggests there is a risk of a new event coming this summer.
The researchers studied the effects of a flare that occurred in 2017 and another that will occur next year, and concluded that “an increased probability of a future coronal mass ejection (CME) or solar flare event will occur in the near future.”
NASA says there’s a “possibility” of a solar storm occurring in the next few weeks or months, but no cause has been established.
In a statement, NASA said: “We’re working to understand this solar storm, and it’s essential that we have the information we need to avoid potential impacts.”
The next solar storm is due in the early part of June.
So be on the lookout.
If you see a bright flash, look at the sun, because the sun’s magnetic field is constantly shifting.