Don't know if you've seen this, was posted on GlobalPost today.
Better get all your texting, emailing, Facebooking and Tweeting in now, because if the sun has its way, within the next decade technology may be
According to the International Journal of Research and Applications, there is a one in eight chance the earth will experience a massive solar storm
within the next decade.
Pete Riley, a senior space scientist at Predictive Science in San Diego, California, published the one in eight estimate in Space Weather. Even he was
surprised at the likelihood of the event, he told Wired Magazine. “Even if it’s off by a factor of two, that’s a much larger number than I
thought," he said.
The last major solar flare event took place 150 years ago on September 1, 1859, and is known as the Carrington Event. The New York Times described the
event as, "The Brilliant Display on Sunday Night, The present generation have listened with wonder and admiration to the stories their fathers and
mothers have told them of auroras and meteors. They have opened their ears and mouths and eyes as they heard of stars falling from the heavens like
rain, of the sky at night becoming red as with blood, and in the day time of its being so darkened that stars were visible. Few have had the
opportunities of witnessing these sublime displays; but on Sunday night the heavens were arrayed in a drapery more gorgeous than they have been for
years…Such was the aurora, as thousands witnessed it from housetops and from pavements. Many imagined they heard rushing sounds as if Aeolus had let
While the sight may have been beautiful, it destroyed communication at the time, with reports of telegraph wires bursting into flames.
Now imagine this happening in 2012.
Earth Island Journal cites a National Academy of Sciences report which estimates a “century-class” solar storm could cause 20 times the damage as
Hurricane Katrina while “full recovery could take four to ten years.”
NASA has proposed a "Solar Shield" project that would protect the United States power grid, which would include reinforcing power stations and
stockpiling replacement parts at a cost of around $1 billion dollars. The US House of Representatives passed the bill necessary to move forward with
the proposed project, however Senate has failed to act on Solar Shield Bill H.R.668.
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