A strong solar storm is currently battering the Earths atmposphere

The world is currently being rocked by a major solar flare, scientists have warned.

The geomagnetic storm is said to be strong enough to set off some security alarms and there could be some voltage corrections required, while some satellites may experience some surface charging.

It is believed to be G3 on the 'g-scale', used by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to measure storms and a G3 storm is known as 'strong'.

G5 is the strongest storm possible, with G1 the lowest and the current G3 event predicted to cause "weak power grid fluctuations".

Solar flares are what cause the Northern Lights to become visible and such a strong storm means that it will likely be seen in certain areas of the world.

G5 storms, such as the Carrington Event 1859, can cause major worldwide disruptions such as telephone lines being set on fire, huge electricity grid outages and high-frequency radio communication to become "impossible".

The storm is reported to have started yesterday and is continuing today, so what can we expect from it?

Will we be able to see the Northern Lights?

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Sadly, this particular storm is unlikely to be seen from the UK, with the NOAA predicting the Northern Lights will only come as far south as 65 degrees north of the Earth's equator.

This is roughly northern Canada, Alaska, Sweden and Norway and runs straight through Iceland, further north of the UK.

Generally speaking, the stronger the solar flare, the further down in the Earth's atmosphere the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, can be seen from.

What is a solar flare?

A solar flare is caused by the sun's activity when it emits a huge explosion from its surface.

This is also known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and it can explode with the force of 20million nuclear explosions.

We don't know exactly what causes them, but it is believed to be something to do with the Sun's magnetic field.

EarthSky.org explained: "Because the Sun is a fluid, turbulence tends to twist the magnetic field into complex contortions. Twist the field too much, and it kinks, much like a phone cord or toy Slinky. These kinks snap the magnetic field and can potentially drive vast amounts of plasma into space."

When the plasma hits the Earth's atmosphere, the particles are heated up and give off different colours depending on what type they are.

They are seen at either the north or south pole as they get trapped in the Earth's magnetic field and are carried to one of the poles.

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