A coronal hole – an opening in the upper atmosphere of the sun – opened on the surface of the sun, which has the shape of a canyon – a long, narrow slot. The hole unleashes a barrage of cosmic rays and unfortunately for Earth, we are on their way. There is a chance that the solar storm is hitting today, but it is likely to be tomorrow where it could cause aurora borealis or aurora borealis.
When the magnetosphere is bombarded by solar winds, beautiful blue lights can appear on the upper parts of the northern hemisphere and the lower parts of the southern hemisphere.
The Space Weather forecast site has announced on its website the imminent solar storm: "A solar wind current is about to hit Earth's magnetic field. Estimated time of arrival: February 20th or 21st.
"The gaseous material flows from a canyon-shaped hole into the sun's atmosphere. Arctic sky observers can expect minor geomagnetic storms and aurorae to mingle with the moonlight as the fast current flows.
Although this solar storm is not dangerous, the consequences could be much more serious than the appearance of northern or northern lights.
Most of the time, the Earth's magnetic field protects humans from the dam of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite technology.
Solar winds can heat the Earth's outer atmosphere, which makes it expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially resulting in a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
In addition, an influx of particles can cause high currents in the magnetosphere, which can result in higher than normal electrical voltage, resulting in transformer blowouts and power plants as well as a loss of power.
High amounts of radiation also make people vulnerable to cancer.
The Met Office warned that we would face a monumental solar storm in the future, which could destroy British technology and cost the UK nearly £ 16 billion.
The country could be plunged into a power outage because it's not sufficiently prepared for strong solar storms, the Met Office told ministers.
The weather forecaster believes that the UK does not have sufficient infrastructure to prepare for such an event.
A Met Office researcher said: "We're seeing that for a 100-year event with no weather forecast capability, the gross domestic product loss for the UK could be as high as £ 15.9 billion.
"With existing satellites reaching the end of their lives, forecasting capacity will decline in the coming years. Therefore, in the absence of additional investment, critical infrastructure will become more vulnerable to space weather. "