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A potent solar storm could disrupt these technologies, scorch satellites, crash stock markets and cause power outages that last weeks or months, experts said Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting.
The situation will only get more dire because the solar cycle is heading into a period of more intense activity in the coming 11 years.
"This is not a matter of if, it is simply a matter of when and how big," said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator Jane Lubchenco.
"The last time we had a maximum in the solar cycle, about
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by backinblack
Cars will be fine, there won't be any effect on them whatsoever.
As for how long the grid could be down for? As long as it takes to replace damaged transformers I would say.
DARPA and the US Government are already working with defense contractors on photonic integration.