posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 02:02 PM
We have had X class flares in 2003 when the sun was quiet, and SOHO went into what is called "BAKE OUT" mode. It shuts down to protect the craft. The
2003 X class was off the charts. Some Scientists think it could have been an X-40+! (and proton record in 2005)
We're still here... It DID knock out a Russian sat. though... Unless we got like 4 X Class flares in a row, I wouldn't worry.
When an X class flare hits the earth, planes using the north 35p route is like getting a chest xray twice every HOUR! (Solar flares compress the
protective field around the planet).
Nothing to really worry about unless we get 3-4 in a row.
In modern times, the largest solar flare measured with instruments occurred on November 4, 2003. This event saturated the GOES detectors, and because
of this its classification is only approximate. Initially, extrapolating the GOES curve, it was pegged at X28. Later analysis of the ionospheric
effects suggested increasing this estimate to X45. This event produced the first clear evidence of a new spectral component above 100 GHz.
Other large solar flares also occurred on April 2, 2001 (X20), October 28, 2003 (X17.2 & X10), September 7, 2005 (X17), February 17, 2011
(X2). and August 10, 2011 (X6.9). In 1989, during solar cycle 22 two large flares occurred on March 6 (X15) (see: March 1989
geomagnetic storm) and August 16 (X20) causing disruptions in electric grids and computer systems
edit on 2/14/2012 by Pharyax because:
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