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Mahlatse Ramatseba

DSTV AND THE INTERNET WILL BE AFFECTED BY SOLAR STORM THIS FRIDAY

DSTV AND THE INTERNET WILL BE AFFECTED BY SOLAR STORM THIS FRIDAY

The strongest solar storm in a decade could interfere with South Africans watching DStv, or using mobile phones, GPS or the internet on Friday.

The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) warned that two monster solar flares unleashed from the Sun of Wednesday, were accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) which travelled towards Earth at speeds over 1200 km per second.

According to The Space Weather Prediction Centre in the US, CME's are explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun

They often follow solar flares, and can cause geomagnetic storms.

Sansa said the CME impacted the Earth's magnetic field early on Friday morning.   “The impact of the CME has sparked a strong geomagnetic storm on Earth which can have effects on HF (High Frequency) communication, power grids, navigation systems such as GPS, and communication systems such as DStv, mobile phones and internet connectivity. Moderate disturbances are expected at this stage,” Sansa spokesperson Catherine Webster said in a statement.

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