Don't believe the hype about the coming solar storm

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Severe G4 and extreme G5 storms are the really concerning geomagnetic events that could cause major power problems on Earth and on satellites in space.

Many news portals started publishing articles on the upcoming massive geomagnetic storm out of misunderstanding, however, the news went viral and it was trending on Google News on Monday's morning.

The storms occur when the sun emits huge bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and what are known as "coronal mass ejections" (CME) - streams of charged plasma that travel at millions of miles an hour.

A solar flare that erupted on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance communication across some U.S. states, according to NASA.

Instead, the storm that will take place on March 18 is just a feeble solar storm which is classified as a G1 category and will not harm any electrical types of equipment at all.

Scientists have discovered that the frequency of solar flares appears to follow an 11-year solar cycle.

A benefit of solar flares can be enhanced auroras or natural light displays such as the Northern Lights seen in the countries of the Arctic Circle.

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But the cracks could also create fantastic opportunities for stargazers to catch a better view of the Northern lights.

The space agency NASA expects one to hit on Wednesday, 14 March, after it detected two very big solar flares erupting from the sun.

According to The Sun, this latest magnetic storm is being described as "minor" by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NOAA has issued a storm warning via Twitter saying that the storm will be in effect today and tomorrow.

In conclusion, NOAA said that no strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th, therefore is nothing you should be worrying about. "Aurora may be visible at high latitudes".

These explosions are known as solar flares which are sudden flashes of sun's increased brightness.

What are the effects on Earth?

The strongest flares though can have an impact across the whole planet, triggering widespread radio blackouts and long-lasting storms - affecting Global Positioning System signals, radio communications and power grids. Note that there are certain beliefs associated with solar storms that aren't proved yet as per which, these storms can cause headaches, sleeplessness, and dizziness too.