Solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation, the world could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned.
I. How will this affect our computers? 2. Anybody have advice on what we should do to protect our hard drives. 3. How will you cope if there is no electricity for a period of time.
Too much hype over hard drives but if you are lucky you might get to see an aurora. I am still wondering if I should use sunscreen though. Besides, you would think it would have stuck by now given that they say it takes about 7 hours for solar flares to reach Earth. So where is it?
Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun. The explosion, called a coronal mass ejection, was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space. Images from the SDO hint at a shock wave travelling from the flare into space, the New Scientist reported. Experts said the wave of supercharged gas will likely reach the Earth on Tuesday, when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth. It is likely to spark spectacular displays of the aurora or northern and southern lights. "This eruption is directed right at us," said Leon Golub, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "It's the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time." Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened today. Nasa recently warned that Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”.
Unplug your rig... hmmm.... may be a bit more than that will be needed.
Things written in the media tend to be exaggerated somewhat. Even if it happens, it might interfere with radio or phone communications, but that's about it - it won't be made into a Roland Emmerich film any time soon, that's for sure.
So, why will this Solar storm eruption thingy only affect Britain's power and communications systems? I would think if something that major were coming toward earth it would affect the entire planet, not a single island/country...
It might be a little over dramatized. Kinda like Y2K was when computers hit the year 2000. We rather didn't even blip over it. Then there's this Global Warming thing that is now being debunked to a level that it should have been in the beginning.
The sky may be falling, but it's usually not cats and dogs. Just rain, snow, sleet and hail. A solar flare may be very real, but I don't think it would be as bad as the movie.
It's just supposed to be a light show or something....if it's not too cloudy I may camp out in the back yard and have a look whilst sipping some home made Scrumpy cider that has aged quite well if I do say so myself!
I missed it all together, in spite of being up until 5 this morning, facing a north window in my flat and messing about here on the Forums. It was cloudy ... I should have gone to bed. I'd feel a lot better for it today had I done.
It was so strange-we decided to sit outside at about 12 a.m. to watch the stars. I initially thought I saw a shooting star, my husband looked where I'd indicated, and we both saw the blue 'streak.' It was quite a dark blue and seemed to travel slowly compared to meteor showers I've seen in the past. Very cool!
maybe it was a ufo headed for area 51 in Nevada! no, seriously, I heard about this place where they're studying UFO's in Nevada called Area 51 and people have sited things like you saw! check it out http://www.angelfire.com/nv/mywebpage/area51.html
That reminds me of the spate of UFO sightings that became briefly popular in the late 19th century. For years there were those who flatly denied that rocks from outside the atmosphere could fall to earth. The resultant study and proof that rocks do indeed fall from the sky started a rash of UFO sightings that have been immortalized in works like War of the Worlds. You saw a similar thing after World War I and the extensive use of the airplane, but even more after World War II as more and more people began looking up in the sky. It just goes to show how wondrous the universe really is when you take the time to look around.