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Powerful solar storm hits Earth, forming colorful lights in the Yucatecan sky

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A powerful solar storm generated an incredible light show in the sky that could be seen from different parts of the world on the night of Friday, May 10th.

The phenomenon that was observed on the Yucatecan coast, although commonly called northern lights, is scientifically known as a geomagnetic storm. This occurs when the Sun emits a large amount of charged particles and radiation.

The recent G5 geomagnetic storm is the most powerful on record in years.
Since the start of the current solar cycle in 2019, only three severe geomagnetic storms (G4) have occurred. The most recent event was brief and took place on March 23, 2024.

According to reports from the United States Space Weather Prediction Center, this is the first G4 event issued since 2005. The last extreme storm (G5) occurred during the Halloween storms in 2003.

This phenomenon can cause failures in electrical networks, extensive damage to transformers, widespread interruptions in communications and satellite navigation.

It is essential to stay informed and prepared for potential disruptions to power grids, satellite systems, navigation, and radio communications as this severe geomagnetic storm develops.

For more information on the space weather scale description visit www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

TYT Newsroom

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