Sun’s strongest energy burst in six years ‘is stuck in traffic’: physicist reveals weak solar winds are causing delay, but says some marine radios and Starlink satellites have been disrupted

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The world waited Tuesday as billions of particles released by the sun on New Year’s Eve hit Earth, but one expert said the solar storm is “stuck in traffic.”

Dr Tamitha Skov told DailyMail.com that the solar wind stream that precedes the solar storm, or coronal mass ejection (CME), It didn’t have enough power to advance at the expected pace.

Skov said that “the radiation storm has increased to an official S1 level,” and NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) shows the possibility of radio frequency disturbances on Wednesday and Thursday.

She also revealed that some of Earth’s technology has sensed parts of the storm: radio frequencies used by marine radios, possibly Starlinks, and specific television transmissions were disrupted “for a brief moment.”

Dr Tamitha Skov told DailyMail.com that the solar wind stream preceding the solar storm did not have enough power to move at the expected rate. But she said solar activity is possible for the rest of the week.

CMEs can eject billions of tons of coronal material from the sun’s surface.

The edge of the storm behind the front must pass Earth’s orbit for the energized particles to impact our planet.

“The solar wind stream before the storm was slower than expected, causing the storm to slow down,” Skov told DailyMail.com.

“Just like slow traffic on a highway will cause a faster car catching up to it to forcibly slow down and travel at almost the same speed as the slower traffic ahead.”

The SWPC alert states that potential impacts include “minor impacts on HF (high frequency) polar radio propagation resulting in fading at lower frequencies.”

“Minor impacts on Polar HF primarily concern the radiation storm that causes degradation of high-frequency radio and GPS navigation signals for those navigating and communicating in the polar regions,” Skov said.

Radiation storms affect the polar regions most intensely because Earth’s magnetic shield is “open” to these radiation storm particles at the poles.’

This month's eruption was the strongest burst of solar energy since 2017, according to NASA, which captured the event with its Solar Dynamics Observatory, a probe that has investigated the sun since its launch in 2010.

This month’s eruption was the strongest burst of solar energy since 2017, according to NASA, which captured the event with its Solar Dynamics Observatory, a probe that has investigated the sun since its launch in 2010.

Skov said that

Skov said that “the radiation storm has increased to an official S1 level” and NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) shows the possibility of radio frequency disturbances on Wednesday and Thursday.

This month’s eruption was the strongest burst of solar energy since 2017, according to NASA, which captured the event with its Solar Dynamics Observatory, a probe that has investigated the sun since its launch in 2010.

The images show a bright region on the Sun, which becomes brighter before exploding and releasing an X5 flare (the highest level) from the edge of the massive star.

SWPC clarified that the general public had nothing to fear, but found that the initial burst of radiation on December 31 caused blackouts in the Pacific Ocean.

The agency had predicted that Earth would experience a minor geomagnetic storm on Tuesday, a temporary disturbance in Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a shock wave from the solar wind.

“The risk that NOAA/SWPC mentions is that of radio blackouts at a specific level, which often affects GPS reception, but not always,” Skov said.

He went on to explain that the New Year’s .

“I talk about this in my latest forecast (which is why I tell airmen to check ICAO advisories for updates on the impact on radio communications and GPS navigation),” Shav said.

Skov told DailyMail.com:

Skov told DailyMail.com: “Just like slow traffic on a motorway will cause a faster car overtaking it to forcibly slow down and travel at almost the same speed as the slower traffic ahead.” “.

Skov also revealed that some of Earth's technology felt parts of the storm: radio frequencies used by marine radios, possibly Starlinks, and specific television transmissions were disrupted.

Skov also revealed that some of Earth’s technology sensed parts of the storm: radio frequencies used by marine radios, possibly Starlinks, and specific television transmissions were disrupted “for a brief moment.”

Physicists also noted that the same explosion caused the degradation of television broadcast systems that use ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio for over-the-air transmission.

And SpaceX’s Starlink signals may have also been disrupted “for a brief moment.”

“Radio waves (called ‘radio bursts’) are what affect our reception of satellite signals like GPS and even HF radio communications,” Skov said.

‘It’s like the sun is literally screaming at us during a solar flare.

«This “scream” is much louder than our satellites can “screech”, so it temporarily drowns out satellite signals.

“That said, the sun doesn’t always scream at the exact frequencies that affect GPS signals.”

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