1- Up to 40 SpaceX high-speed internet satellites have been knocked out of orbit by a geomagnetic storm shortly after launch, but pose little threat to Earth as they burn up in the atmosphere, the company said.
Geomagnetic storms are caused by ejections of the solar corona into space, resulting in disturbances to the Earth’s upper atmosphere and increased drag on objects in low orbits.
2- The Venus impact on Feb 9th will not cause a geomagnetic storm. It can’t; Venus has no internally-generated global magnetic field. Instead, the impact will erode a small amount of atmosphere from Venus’s unprotected cloudtops.
The Earth impact on Feb. 10th will play out differently. Our planet’s magnetic field will intercept the CME, preventing it from reaching the atmosphere below. Reverberations from the impact could spark a G1-class geomagnetic storm with high-latitude auroras spilling out of the Arctic Circle.
The CME was hurled into space on Feb. 6th by a long-duration solar flare in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2939. The explosion peaked at category C3, which is considered to be weak. However, the flare made up for its low amplitude by lasting for more than 3 hours; it put more power into the CME than its feeble C3 rating might suggest. Aurora alerts: SMS Text. #SpaceX #CME #Sun
Learn More: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/a-geomagnetic-storm-just-wrecked-40-spacex-satellites/ar-AATEuHK?ocid=uxbndlbing
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