Geomagnetic storm

The geomagnetic storm happens when the Earth?s magnetosphere experiences a temporary disturbance because of the energy exchange from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding the Earth. It is caused by variations in the solar wind that produces major changes in the currents, plasmas and fields in the Earth?s magnetosphere.
Also known as solar storm, this phenomenon is capable of adversely affecting technology-based activities like long-range radio communications, satellite movements etc. It can also be harmful for astronauts and high-altitude pilots, as they will be exposed to high levels of radiation.

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