A massive solar storm has struck the globe, which has resulted in power fluctuations and Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking disturbance.
On Tuesday morning, the glowing natural radiant which emanated covered the skies, but a lot of Australians over slept and could not observe it. On Sunday, the NOAA space physicists discovered that a mighty magnetic plasma surge has travelled from the sun at an abnormal speed greater than the usual, and struck the earth yesterday. A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said.
This storm ranks a 4, called severe, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic effects. The storm seemed to be weakening slightly, but that may not continue, and it could last all day, officials said.
Space Weather branch chief Brent Gordon said if the storm effects continued through Tuesday evening, there was a “very strong possibility” that the northern lights could be seen as far south as the middle United States, even Tennessee and Oklahoma. FOR AUSTRALIA – Last night (18 March) was the most spectacular auroral display we have seen for probably 10 years, despite most of Southern Australia being clouded out, aurora were seen in Vic, SA, WA, NSW and even faintly in Southern QLD.
David Reneke, one of Australia’s most well known and respected amateur astronomers and lecturers, has over 40 years experience in astronomy with links to some of the world’s leading astronomical institutions. David teaches astronomy at college level, is an invited speaker at astronomy conventions throughout Australia, a feature writer for major Australian newspapers, and is a science correspondent for ABC and commercial radio stations. David is a very experienced astronomy and space presenter who has entertained and educated many tens of thousands of people with his engaging shows in venues all around Australia.
Since 2004, David has been touring most of the primary and secondary schools throughout NSW introducing a new interactive astronomy and space education program that he's developed called 'Astronomy Outreach'.
During January and February 2008, David toured the USA on assignment for Sky and Space where he was invited to attend the world press conference in New York for Sir Richard Branson’s new company, Virgin Galactic.
David also visited several key space sites across America including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and attended the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys.
David’s trip finished up with the grand finale of being the invited guest to Buzz Aldrin’s home in Beverly Hills, California. Individuals should prepare themselves for this solar event just as they would for any other natural hazards like floods and storms.
A solar storm could knock out GPS systems, cause blackouts and affect satellite communication. Scientists are warning of a major coronal mass ejection, in which huge eruptions blast high energy particles out into space.
The new government document, titled Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, has been presented by the U.K. The Carrington Event, the last major coronal mass ejection to hit the Earth, was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm in 1859.
The Space Weather Preparedness Strategy said that during the Carrington Event, it took the blast of energy and particles 18 hours to reach the Earth. According to the report, each country should prepare for such an event in the following manner: improve alerts and warnings, update power and communication infrastructure with failsafe backups and have a crisis plan ready to deal with the effects should they come to pass. Individuals should prepare themselves for this solar event just as they would for any other natural hazards like floods and storms, reports Yahoo! Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson, has released a new album, "Something Real," with his roots rock band Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real.
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With the sun nearing the peak of its 11-year cycle, scientists say a powerful solar storm may be headed our way, which could shut down electricity supply networks and disorient GPS and satellite systems.
The worst known geomagnetic solar storm hit Earth in 1859, observed and sketched by astronomer Richard Carrington.
While not nearly as powerful, other storms in history have cut power, knocked out telephone service, short-circuited satellites and caused radio blackouts.
A coronal hole on the sun, seen here in dark blue, is an area of the sun's atmosphere, the corona, where the magnetic field opens up and the material flows quickly out. Astronauts, pilots and airline personnel are at risk from solar radiation depending on how much time they are in space and over Polar Regions.
Night lights from the International Space Station show cities of Ireland and the United Kingdom in the foreground contrasted by the bright sunrise in the background.
Michael Wiltberger, a scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, builds models to track the sun cycle, ultimately to better predict solar weather. He observes coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that race through the solar system at speeds of three million to five million kilometers per hour.
The animation shows a computer model of the Earth's magnetic field impacted by solar storms and wind. That gives space weather forecasters some lead time, but Wiltberger says predicting precisely when and where a storm will hit is much more complex. Wiltberger says the models could provide a framework to monitor a storm and improve predictions.
In the meantime, Neil Smith of Lloyd’s of London is calling for greater cooperation to mitigate the impact before the next big storm comes on the horizon. Smith adds that such work is critically important, to avoid what could become large-scale economic and societal chaos. THE EARTH could be saved from potential future global signal meltdowns thanks to a new space satellite that will be able to detect disruptive solar storms.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) space physicist has discovered that there has not been any damage since this heavy storm hit the earth.He also noted that this storm could last for one day or several days.
The Southern light appeared in the East Coast of Aussie after the massive solar flare struck the earth.
Comparing this storm to that of March 2015 and September 2005 it is confirmed that this is the heaviest.
Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Centre in Boulder, Colorado. The Aurora Borealis or northern lights that usually can be viewed only in the far north will dip south, so more people should be able to enjoy the colorful sky show. That also means much of Russia and northern Europe, as far south as central Germany and Poland, had the potential for the sky show. David is the Editor for Australia’s Astro-Space News Magazine, past news editor of Sky & Space Magazine and is now affiliated as a writer and publicist for the prestigious Australasian Science magazine.
In these weekly radio interviews David regularly appears on over 60 networked stations across Australia with all the latest news and on general astronomy and space discovery issues. David has been featured on Regional TV stations in NSW, Good Morning America, American MSNBC news, the BBC, Spanish television and Sky News here in Australia.

David has developed a style of presenting astronomy and space discovery to the public that is not only interesting but incredibly unique as well. Designed especially for Australian school students and their teachers, it gives students a refreshing new look at the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science.
David witnessed the unveiling of Branson’s brand new concept spacecraft ‘Spaceship-2’ heralding in private space travel. He was invited for a 2-night stay at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona where he spoke to many professional astronomers and managed to peruse the actual documents and glass plates used by Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto in 1930. In a one-to-one personal interview and conversation with the second man to walk on the Moon, David has gained a much deeper insight of this history-making flight from the man who actually carried out this unique feat.
Also called a solar storm, the phenomenon could knock out GPS systems, cause blackouts and affect satellite communication as well as high frequency radio communication used by ships and aircraft.
The corona is the pearly glow around the sun that you can only usually see during a total solar eclipse, made up of plasma and rarefied gases.
Solar activity can produce X-rays, high energy particles and Coronal Mass Ejections of plasma. But it added: "It is therefore likely that our reasonable worst case scenario would only allow us 12 hours from observation to impact," according to Yahoo!
The power grid, satellites, aircraft communications, astronauts and oil pipelines are particularly vulnerable. It also could cause degradation of the global positioning system, so tracking maps and locators may not be as precise as normal. Aurora have been reported in, Tasmania (Howden, Mobray,) Victor Harbour SA, and Swan Hill (Vic). He also produces a range of educational CD-ROMS on all matters associated with astronomy and space exploration for beginners. Austar and Discovery Science channel financially and physically sponsor David’s outreach program promoting him to schools across NSW.
He was the only media representative invited to ride the astronaut training facility at their NASTAR headquarters in Philadelphia.
Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. Moving to the present times, if something similar were to happen, we could expect the national grid to fail, satellite operations to shut down, increased risk of radiation to flights and skittish electronic systems, says the Daily mail. Often these types of storms come with bursts of radiation that can affect satellite operations, but this one has not, Berger said. On a recent visit during 2009 the program donated a telescope and a $2,000 grant to each school visited.
These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss) of satellite systems," according to the Daily Mail. As host of his own program for many years, David has won major Australasian awards for his services to radio.
Another theory is that the combination of the two storms made it worse, but it’s too early to tell if that’s so, he said.

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