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Space weather forecast: Solar storm is predicted for next week – and could cause chaos

A HOLE has opened up on the surface of the Sun and it will shoot an array of solar particles straight towards Earth, scientists have stated.

Earth’s orbit around the Sun will soon align with a coronal hole – a hole in the Sun’s upper atmosphere – and solar particles will subsequently bombard the planet after they have made their way through space. Experts predict that the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or August 1. People in the northern hemisphere are likely to be treated to northern lights – or aurora borealis – as the solar winds bombard the upper reaches of the planet.

Auroras, which also include southern lights – aurora australis – are caused when solar particles hit the atmosphere.

As the magnetosphere gets bombarded by solar winds, stunning blue lights can appear as that layer of the atmosphere deflects the particles.(source)

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