KEY POINTS

  • A stream of solar winds will hit Earth on Sunday
  • The cosmic weather might create auroras in the sky
  • Powerful solar emissions could cause widespread blackouts

A space weather forecasting site reported that Earth is about the get hit by a stream of solar winds on Sunday. The site noted that the approaching cosmic winds would hit Earth’s magnetic field, causing dazzling light shows in the sky.

The latest report about the incoming solar winds was confirmed by the forecasting site SpaceWeather.com.

According to the site, a minor stream of solar winds is currently approaching Earth. It is expected to hit the planet on Sunday, March 29. As noted by SpaceWeather.com, the approaching solar winds were emitted from a hole located near the southern portion of the Sun’s atmosphere.

Since the solar emissions are only minor, they are not expected to cause disruptions on Earth. Instead, the approaching solar winds are expected to create a natural light display in the skies over the Arctic Circle on Sunday. The light show, known as an aurora, occurs when the highly-charged particles from the Sun interact with Earth’s magnetic field.

“A minor stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field on March 29th, possibly sparking auroras around the Arctic Circle,” SpaceWeather.com stated. “The gaseous material is flowing from a southern hole in the Sun's atmosphere.”

A solar wind is a plasma that consists of a stream of charged particles. It is ejected from holes in the upper atmosphere of the Sun, also known as the corona. Like other emissions from the Sun, minor solar winds can create beautiful cosmic shows when they hit Earth.

However, if solar emissions are powerful enough, they could cause disruptions in the electrical and communication capabilities of Earth. This means powerful solar emissions could cause widespread power failures and disrupt satellite services such as GPS navigation and communication.

 “It’s things like logistics, it’s things like people not being able to navigate, things like timing systems, emergency services,” Mike Willis, the U.K. Space Agency’s Head of Space Safety, said during a conference in 2019.

“There’s also the power grids – one of the impacts of space weather is to create geomagnetic activity which induces currents in long flexible conductors, and these are direct currents,” he added.