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Will Tomorrow’s Solar Storm Destroy Your Internet?

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

If you’ve seen news of an impending ‘Internet apocalypse’, triggered by a major solar storm, circulating around the Internet, then you don’t need to panic because NASA has debunked all claims.

Reports claiming that a major solar storm is on its way to destroy the Internet and life as we know it on Earth by 2025 have been dismissed by NASA. According to the experts, there’s no possible way to predict a solar storm’s effects like this and, taking into account all the evidence gathered about the subject, a global Internet outage caused by a solar storm is not possible.

But before you breathe a sigh of relief and put down your picket sign that declares ‘END IS NEAR!’, a solar storm is, in fact, making its way to the planet and is expected to come in contact with the atmosphere tomorrow.

Everything to know about the impending solar storm

The solar storm in question is a minor G-1 class geomagnetic storm caused by a coronal mass ejection (CME) and, according to reports, is expected to pass close to Earth on July 13, 2023. The close encounter could disturb Earth’s magnetic fields and produce auroras on high altitudes.

How will it affect your day-to-day life?

Experts have assured that the solar storm could have little to no effect on your everyday life. It can damage smaller satellites in the Earth’s lower atmosphere by heating up the air and the highly charged electromagnetic radiation can block some wireless frequencies such as GPS and radio waves primarily used for navigation and emergency services.

So put away that tin foil and prepare to resume life as usual this Thursday!