The unluckiest day of the year could get much worse for companies reliant on solid GPS and communication signals, as scientists believe a Coronal Mass Ejection could give earth a glancing blow tomorrow.
Similar blackouts occurred on Tuesday after Nasa captured footage of three solar flares. It has now emerged that earth should be prepared for a similar blackout tomorrow as effects of the flares will be felt again.
It isn't the solar flares that are the problem here; it's the Coral Mass Ejection that they let off. The issue with Coronal Mass Ejection is that it contains huge amounts of matter and electromagnetic radiation, which doesn't go well with high-frequency communication systems or GPS.
Fortunately for us humans, it's impossible for this radiation to penetrate through earth's atmosphere enough to impact us, so we will be fine. But most communication systems and GPS use signals that need to bounce off satellites in the outer layer of our atmosphere, which is why there's a chance those systems could be effected.
Nasa released the following information on their website: "Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground.
"However, when intense enough, they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel."