That's wrong, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). But the panic created by earlier reports of a "massive magnetic storm" has raised questions about what it is, how is it caused and the threat from such a storm.
Magnetic storms are particularly tricky events since they also tend to disturb power grids.
As per the stats published by Lebedev Institute of Russian Academy of Science representing a graph of solar activity, a slight uptick will be registered on March 18.
NOAA's 27-day forecast suggests similar fluctuations, expected to be "a minor storm at most", according to Newsweek. On the 18th, readings will likely just reach the threshold for a G1-a minor-geomagnetic storm. These solar storms are accounted based on a scale of G1 to G5 where G1 is a weak/minor solar activity. G1 storms, like the one due on Sunday, occur about 2,000 times every 11 years-or once every two days.
You'll find answers to all the frequently asked questions about magnetic storms.
In this handout photo provided by NASA, a Solar and Heliospheric Observatory image shows Region 486 that unleashed a record flare on November 18, 2003. They can also cause voltage surges in power grids, causing blackouts.
A massive geomagnetic storm would be a really big deal. In addition to disrupting telecommunications systems, geomagnetic storms have the potential to affect human beings and other living things, changing the way our blood flows, causing dizziness, and interrupting our sleep patterns. In 1859, a massive geomagnetic storm named as "Carrington Event" happened on September 1 to 2, 1859 when it caused Northern Lights to be visible across Cuba, Hawaii, and even part of northern United States while the Southern Auroral Lights were seen as far as in Chile. The federal government's Ready.gov website offers tips on preparing for a major space weather event. People are advised to take bottles of water, gas filled in car's tanks, important documents at hand, food supplies, etc in such cases.
And if you're going to get space weather predictions from somewhere, get them from a scientific authority-not someone on YouTube-and double-check the legends.
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