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Solar flare and magnetic storm: what is this particular space phenomenon that will occur this Wednesday?

Let’s look to the sky and space. A magnetic storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. It is due to a solar flare that occurred a few days ago. What consequences will this have for life on Earth? Yaël Nazé, astrophysicist, was invited to RTL INFO 13h. She explains to us.

A space phenomenon will occur this Wednesday: a magnetic storm. This phenomenon is due to a solar flare that occurred a few days ago. A large amount of magnetic particles are currently heading towards Earth and the magnetic storm could therefore hit our earth tomorrow. But will this have consequences for us? “On life on earth, not much”, explains Yaël Nazé. The astrophysicist was invited to RTL INFO 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We know that there are a little more bees that get lost, a little more cetaceans that get lost when there is really a very big solar storm that hits us on Earth. But overall, for life , there are not too many problems”continues the scientist at the University of Liège.

It is especially for our technology that the concerns may actually arise. “We are going to have a lot more noise, more problems. The satellites catch charged particles, this will cause short circuits”she notes.

“The good thing is that when the eruption occurs, you see it almost immediately after 8 minutes. But obviously it takes several days for the particles to arrive so you can still prepare a little bit. For example, for the satellites, we put them in ‘sleep’ mode to avoid precisely who has big problems”continues Yaël Nazé.