Asia Bizz: In a massive eruption in five years, a huge solar storm is heading towards the Earth. The solar storm is expected to disrupt the communications, power grids, GPS and also airline flights on March 8, 2012.
The forecasters at the federal government’s Space Weather Prediction Centre said that the storm is the largest in five years and is expected to rain a torrent of charged particles on the Earth, mostly in the northern areas. The storm is growing as it moves away from the sun an has produced a radiation event that rated an S3 or stronger.
Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, “ Its hitting us right on the nose. Space weather has gotten very interesting over the past 24 hours.” Solar flares are known to create radio emissions at decimetric wave lengths that also interfere with devices operating at those frequencies.
Kunches also revealed that the solar storm’s magnetic, radiation and radio emissions are the strongest since the year 2006. The models of NASA have also predicted that the CME’s will pass by many of the spacecrafts of the agency which includes the Spitzer, Messenger and Stereo-B. But it appears that the astronauts on board the International Space Station will not be affected.