Solar storm on Tuesday will change magnetic forces!

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  1. aguasilver profile image72
    aguasilverposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. aguasilver profile image72
      aguasilverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      John

      1. ledefensetech profile image68
        ledefensetechposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.

    2. profile image0
      sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Too much hype over hard drives but if you are lucky you might get to see an aurora. big_smile 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?

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image91
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes! - we saw one in mid-Ohio about 4-5 years ago, all green, but way better and mroe colorful in mid-Michigan.

    3. profile image0
      Twenty One Daysposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. lrohner profile image81
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    The article says it will happen sometime in 2013. I think we have plenty of time to figure it out. smile

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. aguasilver profile image72
        aguasilverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        John

        1. Pcunix profile image91
          Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          But there is nothing more that can be done.  We can't shoot it down!

          Unplug, hope for the best.  What will be will be.

  3. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago
  4. leeberttea profile image49
    leebertteaposted 8 years ago

    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.

  5. Cheeky Girl profile image72
    Cheeky Girlposted 8 years ago

    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.

  6. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    Wreck satellites yikes ? well... may have to cancel my dish subscription hmm huh

  7. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    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...hmm

    1. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I was wondering, but I thought the article must have been written primarily for the British (in Britain, I mean).

      Well, if it really does happen, it will be quite interesting. And we can't do anything to stop it anyway ...

  8. Daniel Carter profile image73
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikJ3t_tZf-E

  9. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 8 years ago

    For more info on the extremely technical end Try this thread

    http://solarcycle24com.proboards.com/in … hread=1306


    From this website

    http://www.solarcycle24.com/

  10. vanchen profile image81
    vanchenposted 8 years ago

    Looks to me like we'll all just get a cool light show tonight.

    1. readytoescape profile image61
      readytoescapeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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

  11. Shadesbreath profile image83
    Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago

    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???????

  12. 2uesday profile image82
    2uesdayposted 8 years ago

    It does not look like good news to me smile

  13. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 8 years ago

    Its all part of the 2012 prophecies smile

  14. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 8 years ago

    Take out your piercings.  This is your final warning.

    1. figment profile image80
      figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lmao

  15. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    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

    1. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Thanks for that, Rebekah. I've just looked out northwards, but nothing can be seen yet ... I hope we will be able to see it here in Germany. There's been nothing about it here on the news.

  16. RedElf profile image89
    RedElfposted 8 years ago

    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.

    big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

  17. waynet profile image71
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    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!

    1. ediggity profile image60
      ediggityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A light show that will magnetically remove your face if you have fillings.

      1. waynet profile image71
        waynetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Jesus.........................I've got some cream buns with jam fillings, I better eat them now!!!

    2. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm - just occurred to me that it's cloudy here, so I probably won't be able to see anything at all.

      1. waynet profile image71
        waynetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Boooooo....it's cloudy here too and the cider is cloudy too booooo!

  18. Greek One profile image75
    Greek Oneposted 8 years ago

    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.

  19. Greek One profile image75
    Greek Oneposted 8 years ago

    Isn't anyone worried about the black hole in Uranus??

    smile

    1. waynet profile image71
      waynetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'll have to look for the black hole in uranus, but I don't think I'll bother! big_smile

  20. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 8 years ago
  21. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 8 years ago

    It hit HP 10 minutes ago.

  22. camlo profile image86
    camloposted 8 years ago

    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.

  23. Wayne Orvisburg profile image73
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 8 years ago

    So when was this going to hit?

    1. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sometime last night.

      Did it?

  24. lorlie6 profile image82
    lorlie6posted 8 years ago

    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.

  25. ledefensetech profile image68
    ledefensetechposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. profile image0
      china manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I thought copper burns green?

      So I went and looked it up and only copper-chloride seems to burn blue - and naturally it is rated as very rare element.

  26. ledefensetech profile image68
    ledefensetechposted 8 years ago

    Huh, looks like you saw a pretty rare event lorlie.

  27. lorlie6 profile image82
    lorlie6posted 8 years ago

    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!

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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!  smile

      1. lorlie6 profile image82
        lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, my friend, then it was going the wrong way-Nevada's East of here! smile  Siwwy awienz!

    2. ledefensetech profile image68
      ledefensetechposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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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