“This should intensify the storm as the stream will give it a push from behind! Aurora field reporters, be sure to charge your camera batteries!”

 This storm has been classed as a G3, and the scale on which these storms are measured goes up to G5. So need to panic just yet – as this is only considered moderately strong. However, a very strong solar storm would have the potential to cause total chaos. One study suggested that a storm of this nature, which happens roughly once every 100 years, could plunge the world into an “internet apocalypse”. Optical fibre lines and submarine cables are a vital part of the global internet infrastructure and could be severely affected.

Since the birth of the internet and various other technological advancements, we haven’t had any strong solar events. However, the sun is expected to become more active in the near future.