Solar Superstorm July 23rd 2012

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killivolt

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https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/23jul_superstorm

Once again we avoid disaster, if it ain't giant rocks, it's the Sun. Sometimes I feel like we're ants under a Magnifying glass of the Universe.


July 23, 2012: If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news.

Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years.

"If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.

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Glenn Holland

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Extreme solar activity (sunspots and flares) is a well known phenomenon which can cause problems with power and communication on earth. I've got a couple of books on the subject of sunspots and flares and although these phenomena are a bit frightening, they are not something to lose any sleep over.
 

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killivolt

Joined Jan 10, 2010
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Extreme solar activity (sunspots and flares) is a well known phenomenon which can cause problems with power and communication on earth. I've got a couple of books on the subject of sunspots and flares and although these phenomena are a bit frightening, they are not something to lose any sleep over.
Ya, they said it would have those issues, in this case I believe it was on the order of around 3 Trillion to repair or replace transformers and such.

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