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.
Whoops, forgot the accreditation url:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/spac … ation.html
Please read it and comment, this could seriously affect all of us.
Oh God, it's Y2K all over again. We've either got too many specialists around or most people don't have a clue, or heck maybe it's both.
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?
Yes! - we saw one in mid-Ohio about 4-5 years ago, all green, but way better and mroe colorful in mid-Michigan.
Should be an interesting event. Heard it was to go on for a few years, yes? Am awaiting the meteor showers this month and again in October.
ps, back everything up to disk, would be safest thing to do.
The article says it will happen sometime in 2013. I think we have plenty of time to figure it out.
Oh, THAT Tuesday. Good to know.
But no, we probably will not have figured out anything. Unplug and hope for the best, I guess.
Lead capes, anyone? Big sale on lead capes and drapes, this week only.
Opps, wrong url again:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/spac … earth.html
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.
I found this when I put in a search.
http://www.examiner.com/x-10722-Austin- … ed-our-way
What can we do really? Humans have lived for a much long time without electricty than we have with electricty, so I guess we'll cope.
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.
Wreck satellites ? well... may have to cancel my dish subscription huh
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.
For more info on the extremely technical end Try this thread
http://solarcycle24com.proboards.com/in … hread=1306
From this website
Looks to me like we'll all just get a cool light show tonight.
From what I can interpret it will only be veiwable in the extreme latitudes both North and South, those closest to about 50 degrees and above
MAGNETIC FORCES WILL BE DISRUPTED?!? DOES THIS MEAN ALL THE CRAP MY WIFE HAS ON OUR REFRIGERATOR IS GOING END UP ALL OVER THE KITCHEN FLOOR???????
I just saw this if anyone wants to stay up into the wee hours of the morning. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/03/northe … ml?npt=NP1
Setting up my digital camera - hoping to get some really great shots...Thanks guys!!!
p.s. Also removing all fridge magnets and body jewelry, just to be on the safe side.
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!
A light show that will magnetically remove your face if you have fillings.
Hmmm - just occurred to me that it's cloudy here, so I probably won't be able to see anything at all.
I have already warned my neighbors that if my TV signal goes out (or some other horrific catastrophe happens), then I will resort to cannibalism within 10 minutes.
Here's another interesting article http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sc … 6jul_ilws/
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.
So when was this going to hit?
I'm a huge skeptic, however my hubby and I saw a 'falling star' of quite some magnitude last night. It was blue in color and headed Southwest of the Sierra Nevada Range here in California.
Blue, eh. I forget which element or molecule burns blue when you heat it. Copper? I think that 'falling star' might have had a high content of copper.
Huh, looks like you saw a pretty rare event lorlie.
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.
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
doo doo doo doo! dooo doo doo doo!
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.
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