athena wrote:This past week's activity ...
Sun erupts with mightiest solar flare in 4 years
The sun unleashed its strongest solar flare in four years Monday night, hurling a massive wave of charged particles from electrified gas into space and toward Earth.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41604785/ns ... om/toolbar
Metaluna wrote:It's going to be very interesting to see if we have any adverse effect from it.
The solar storm sent a flash of radiation that hit Earth in a matter of minutes. Now a huge cloud of charged particles is headed our way. These coronal mass ejections, as they are called, typically take about 24 hours or more to arrive. They can spark spectacular displays of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, at high latitudes and sometimes even into the northern United States.
We decide which is right, and which is an illusion: Moody Blues
Theory wrote:Okay, so why are they making a big deal about this one when it was only a X2? The 2006 one was a x9 and the only thing it did was take out some satellites, so why is this one mean anything? I don't know much about solar flare scales, so if I'm missing something, let me know
athena wrote:Here is another big one to worry about this week ... or weeks ...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110607/sc ... 0607213847
Bob137 wrote:That is a really big solar flare, glad it is not directly pointed at earth. Just think we are not even int he solar maximum yet! Just wait until that happens around December 21st, 2012, as Astronomers have sated, it could be a really bad one, and we could loose our energy grid, communications, and everything that needs that kind of power to run on, not just in the U.S., but could potentially be everywhere. Just think and there is nothing to be concerned about in regards to 12/21/2012. Yeah right! It's to bad that our energy people have said they cannot be ready for it, because they are not willing to spend that kidn of money on updating their system, to prevent complete blackout. Well isn't that just special!
guamdre wrote:Great picture links! It would be crazy if electrical grids went out. It is hard to imagine no computers, cell phones, television or cars. How many people work on computers all day? Everything would come to a halt and chaos would ensue. Water, food, guns, ammo and warm shelter could be essential for surviving, so I am going to be ready. I hope this is just being prepared and not a reality for all of us!
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