Explosion on the Sun
Solar storms is in itself quite common and leads to the northern lights. Most are relatively weak, but about once every ten years there will be a powerful one.
- It is a kind of explosion or a gas outburst, which sends X-rays and a gas cloud particles into space. If this gas cloud hit the Earth's magnetic field that protects us, so the magnetic field begins to shake and tremble, "said Brekke
A Solstorm can cut the power and destroy satellites. Now NASA makes a new system that will make us better prepared when they arrive.
Norwegian Space Centre
- The system will give us more accurate information about previous storms, and maybe an updated message just before it hits us, "said Paal Brekke, a senior adviser in the Norwegian Space Centre, told VG Nett.
In Norway, we can notify the solar storms now. But Brekke hope the new system will give us faster and better than before.
- You can compare the system with if there would be a hurricane or a low pressure against Norway. Then yr.no weather alert a few days in advance and say that it's going to be bad weather, "said Brekke.
The system will initially be used in North America, but Brekke believes that Norway will also be able to take good advantage of the experiment.