Washington, UN, Dec 9.- Astrophysicists in the US want to predict solar storms early because of their distruptive effects on telecommunications and earthly energy sources.
A research published at the Astrophysical Journal magazine says the phenomena are generally unexpected and the resulting energy upsets the Earth's magnetic field, leading to a geomagnetic storm powerful enough to affect electric grids, even block satellite transmissions.
Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center led eight-month study of 34 solar eruptions from twin STEREO vehicles (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) and late report of 11 explosions helped conclude that any system designed for early warning could miss one in every three storms.
CFA Astronomer Leon Golub said meteorologists can forecast hurricanes months in advance and sadly, just minutes to issue warnings on such devastating phenomena like tornados, which he compared to current spatial climate forecasts.
"We may know on the imminence of an eruption but fail to predict their exact timing and they take us by surprise at times." (Prensa Latina)