Get ready for a ‘global Katrina’:

Imminent: The world got a taster of the sun’s explosive power last week with the strongest solar eruption in five years (white flash, centre) sent a torrent of charged plasma hurtling towards the world. Scientists believe we are overdue a ferocious solar storm

Biggest ever solar storm could cause power cuts which last for MONTHS

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Earth is overdue a solar storm as the sun enters its most active period
The world is overdue a ferocious ‘space storm’ that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts – causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say.
Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history – and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.
A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks.

If the storm is powerful enough it could even crash stock markets and cause power cuts that last weeks or months, experts told the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The chances of a disruption from space are getting stronger because the sun is entering the most active period of its 11 to 12-year natural cycle.
The world got a taster of the sun’s explosive power last week when the strongest solar eruption in five years sent a torrent of charged plasma hurtling towards the world at 580 miles per second.

he storm created spectacular aurorae and disrupted radio communications.
Professor Sir John Beddington, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said: ‘The issue of space weather has got to be taken seriously. We’ve had a relatively quiet period of space weather – but we can’t expect that quiet period to continue.
‘At the same time over that period the potential vulnerability of our systems has increased dramatically, whether it is the smart grid in our electricity systems or the ubiquitous use of GPS in just about everything we use these days.
‘The situation has changed. We need to be thinking about the ability both to categorise and explain and give early warning when particular types of space weather are likely to occur.’

Threat: Rio de Janeiro during a blackout in 2009. A solar storm could cause global power cuts for months, scientists have warned

Solar storms are caused by massive explosions on the sun.
The explosions release waves of X-rays and ultraviolet radiation which smash into the Earth within minutes, disrupting radio signals and damaging the electronics of satellites.
They are followed ten to 20 minutes later by a burst of energetic particles which cause even more havoc with satellites – and then 15 to 30 hours later by supercharged plasma which collides with Earth’s magnetic field.
The plasma create the aurora – or Northern Lights – and can induce electrical currents in power lines and cables.
Jane Lubchenco, head of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said: ‘This is not a matter of if, it is simply a matter of when and how big.
‘The last time we had a maximum in the solar cycle, about 10 years ago, the world was a very different place. Cell phones are now ubiquitous; they were certainly around but we didn’t rely on them for so many different things.
‘Many things that we take for granted today are so much more prone to the process of space weather than was the case in the last solar maximum.’

Communications satellites would be knocked out by a solar storm, causing widespread chaos on Earth and hundreds of billions of pounds of damage

The sun goes through a regular activity cycle about 11 years long on average. The last solar maximum occurred in 2001. Its latest minimum was particularly weak and long lasting.
Space storms are not new. The first major solar flare was recorded by British astronomer Richard Carrington in 1859.
Other solar geomagnetic storms have been observed in recent decades. One huge solar flare in 1972 cut off long-distance telephone communication in the mid-western state of Illinois, Nasa said.
Another similar flare in 1989 ‘provoked geomagnetic storms that disrupted electric power transmission’ and caused blackouts across the Canadian province of Quebec, the U.S. space agency said.

  1. Ernest, 21 February, 2011

    Not all solar activity, flares and CME’s bad things. With our solar flares, world wide High Frequency radio communication would be impossible.

    This is an excellent web site for the latest news about the sun and solar flares.

    Some flares can cause damage, but we take the bad with the good!

  2. Ian, 22 February, 2011

    A major mass coronial ejection or solar flare means no electricity or satellites and that means no city water pumps, can’t pump gas, no trucks or trains to ship food, no banks, no internet, cell phones or communication, no heating, there will be major fires, looting and life would be in total tribulation. Estimates from scientists say 30-40% of the world population would die. “The four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay one-third of men” Rev.9:15. It would take 5-7 years to restore transformers. No one learns from history? … In Sept.2,1859 a huge solar flare burst, all batteries and telegraphs were burnt up (the most electronic technology they had that time), paper burnt if it were near the wires, and static electricity made hair stand up. Amazing signs in the sky, colorful aurora, normally visible only in Polar Regions, were seen as far south as Rome and Hawaii, in the Rocky Mountains that were so bright, the glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning.

  3. Ian, 23 February, 2011

    Nice website Ernest. Ya a small solar flare can create beautiful aurora, signs and wonders in the sky!

  4. kevin, 28 February, 2011

    We are, without a doubt, going to be raptured at any moment! I,M COUNTING THE SECONDS!!!

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