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Associated with solar flares and resultant solar coronal mass ejections (CME), a geomagnetic storm is caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field which typically strikes the Earth's magnetic field 3 days after the event.
From August 28 until September 2, 1859, numerous sunspots and solar flares were observed on the sun, the largest flare occurring on September 1. A massive CME headed directly at Earth due to the solar flare and made it within eighteen hours — a trip that normally takes three to four days.
An ionospheric disturbance can easily become an issue of national security,” said Schunk. “The U.S. military relies on space weather warnings to protect satellites and ground-based systems.” High-frequency communications, often used as a communication system for the U.S. military and a back-up for emergency response teams, may be interrupted as radio waves reflect off the disturbed ionosphere and reach sites over the horizon. Unexpected complications for these radio wave reflections can compromise the security of those in dangerous operative situations.
Instead of flimsy weather balloon material, the debris allegedly possessed highly anomalous physical properties. Some material resembled dull aluminum or lead foil yet, when crumpled, straightened back up leaving no creases or wrinkles, similar to a shape memory alloy.
Other debris bore some resemblance to balsa wood in lightness and color. But like the foil material, witnesses claimed that it could not be burned, cut, or otherwise damaged. All debris was said to be extremely light in weight. Some, including metallic-looking "I-beams," was said to be covered with strange writing or "hieroglyphics." witness debris descriptions.
Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by ruffagii
It is cooler inside but its still too hot for life (as we know it).
Originally posted by Kangaruex4Ewe
The debris could not be burned. It was indestructable according to some eyewitnesses. If this account is to be believed, then it is plausible to think that they have other technology that would allow themselves to withstand the extreme temperatures and radiation.