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Originally posted by skychief
Is anyone else becoming slightly alarmed at the increased amount of very large X class flares. I thought we were supposed to be in a low activity period. What the hell is going on?
Originally posted by crisko
I have wondered a lot about this myself recently. What if our star is dying and we just don't realize it yet?
In early September in 1859, telegraph wires suddenly shorted out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires. Colorful aurora, normally visible only in polar regions, were seen as far south as Rome and Hawaii.
A space storm's impact is measured in nano-Teslas (nT), Brekke explained. The lower the figure, the more powerful the storm. A moderate storm can be around -100 nT; extreme and damaging storms have been logged at around -300 nT.
The 1989 coronal mass ejection that knocked out power to all of Quebec, Canada measured -589 nT, Brekke said. The 1859 perfect storm was estimated to have been -1,760 nT. Brekke used three exclamation points in his e-mail delivering that number.