posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 01:41 PM
The only way an X5 could hurt us much is if it was in a series of flares that caused a pulsing of our atmosphere. Even 7 M5s spaced about an hour
apart could cause more problems. It causes the atmosphere to reverberate and this can cause all sorts of problems with things.
Another thing I learned is that a glancing blow can sometimes cause more problems than a direct hit. It causes a long duration event. Take a glass
and look at it. The energy of a flare makes sort of a rounded bottom glass with much of the energy held in the area of the glass itself. This leaves
a hollow center or inside of the glass without much actual energy. It the flare hits the earth in the center or bottom of the glass the earth quickly
goes through the glass. Of course you have to understand the glass is made of energetic particles and not glass. If the flare hits the earth on the
side of the glass, it becomes a long duration energy flare but a little weaker initially. Much more area can be hit our atmosphere so the energy can
build on our atmosphere to higher levels. So in essence a glancing blow can be worse than a direct blow sometimes. It can cause more of a ripping of
the ionosphere and produce more and nicer northern and southern lights too.
Well at least I got to use this useless information that I learned from reading all that research. How to predict the quality of the northern lights.