Several large solar flares have erupted from the surface of the sun this week, and now the radiation is swirling its way toward Earth.Scientists expect the solar storm to hit the Earth’s atmosphere on Friday the 13th — which means the superstitious date will feature both a full moon and a minor cosmic disturbanceAstronomers have witnessed 3 extremely violent solar flares in recent days, each powerful blast of radiation was enough to cause brief disruptions in high frequency communications.All were X-Class flares – the most intense of all solar flares – and were around 10,000 times as powerful as normal flares from the Sun.

One of the flares caused a “coronal mass ejection,” says NASA; a highly charged plasma cloud that could come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere on Friday.
NOAA’s Space Prediction Center warns that it could be powerful enough to cause communications blackouts and interfere with satellite signals, such as GPS.

“After producing a pair of R3 (Strong) Radio Blackouts in quick succession yesterday morning, active Region 2087 produced yet another R3 event today,” NOAA said in a statement.

“Impacts from this activity were short-lived and affected high frequency communications for the daylit side of Earth at the time of the flare. Continuing chances for more events R3 or greater events exists. Unlike yesterday, a Coronal Mass Ejection is not believed to be associated with this latest impulsive event.

“A CME associated with the activity yesterday morning has been observed moving at a flank from Earth and a glancing blow to Earth from this event is expected on June 13. An outside chance of at most G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic storms remains in the forecast.”

A Geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of Earth’s magnetosphere caused by solar wind.

Power grid interruption could be experienced after a powerful storm composes geomagnetic currents, according to scientists. The storms could also create the beautiful Northern Lights otherwise known as auroras. A strong storm could supercharge auroras that could be seen in Texas’ far south.

The US Space Weather Prediction Center said that the solar flares released on Tuesday have blocked high frequency radio communication resulting to a blackout. The same effects were released yesterday.

Meanwhile, SWPC officials said that if the geomagnetic storm predicted to hit Earth on Friday, it will likely create a less intense geomagnetic storm, the G1 storm. Officials said that communication disruption is unlikely to be experienced. Space weather experts did not also predict unusual displays of auroras.