- Uttara Light, aka Aurora Borealis, may also be visible in some parts of the country tonight.
- The storm is rated “G2”, the second level of NOAA’s five-tiered storm scale.
- The effects of the geomagnetic storm are expected to subside by Tuesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday that a “moderate” geomagnetic storm was forecast for Earth, which could cause some fluctuations in the power grid at high latitudes and could also affect some satellites.
According to Spaceweather.com, the northern light, aka Aurora Borealis, could also be seen in some parts of the nation on Monday night in the north-level state from New England to Washington.
The storm is rated “G2”, the second level of NOAA’s five-tiered storm scale. (The G1 storm is small, while the G5s are considered extreme.)
The storm is courtesy of Solar Burning: On Saturday, a solar flare from a sun spot threw a coronal mass nijection shifting towards the Earth, creating a geological storm on Monday, SpaceWeather.com reported.
High-latitude power systems can sense voltage alarms and cause damage to transformers if the storm is prolonged, NOAA said.
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In the case of satellites, corrective measures may be required for orientation by ground control.
Colorful auroras are formed when particles flowing from the sun are caught in the earth’s magnetic field. The particle interacts with atmospheric gas molecules to form the aurora’s famous glowing red and green colors.
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Light can be seen in both the far north and south of the earth. The southern light is known as the Aurora Australis.
The effects of the geomagnetic storm are expected to subside between Tuesday and Wednesday, the NOAA said.