Skip to comments.Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA
Posted on 07/24/2014 10:51:17 PM PDT by Nachum
Two years ago we were all going about our daily business blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe.
A recent revelation by NASA explains how on July 23, 2012 Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody decided to mention it.
Err, what? Well thats a sobering bit of news.
If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces, says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.
We managed to just avoid the event through lucky timing as the suns aim narrowly turned away from Earth. Had it occurred a week earlier when it WAS pointing at us the result could have been frighteningly different.
I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did, says Baker. If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.
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Crap! We missed an excellent opportunity for the Kenyan to have been only a one termer!!! Dang!
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I really find this hard to believe as if it had really happened, BO would have come out and claimed he ordered all aircraft in the country to rev up their propellers and shift our orbit a skiosh, thereby allowing us to avoid danger.
He then went golfing.
sound BS to me. We’ve been hearing this type of news almost every year
It’s always something. Isn’t a debt load of $18 trillion enough?
Yup. Keep the sheeple in constant fear of whatever occurs to the bureaucrats this week. Otherwise, they might realize the federal government has become a completely useless entity that just sucks up money for the bureaucrats and gives nothing back.
A miss is as good as a mile.
We would have lost some communication satellites, that’s it.
Now imagine that with our power and communications grid. Trillions of dollars in electronic equipment could be fried, transformers rendered useless, etc.
Playing horseshoes with the universe.
I guess this means we should keep giving NASA more $$$$ to screw around!
The reason that happened was because telegraph lines were hundreds of miles long without interruption, so otherwise tiny charges could build up with distance.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, enough of this global warming hoodoo.
Be mindful that we have also learned a great deal about grounding since then as well. Are you aware of how and why capacitors work?
Sorry we’re so late reporting this. We’ve been busy looking for approaching ASTEROIDS.
Just another example of academic pandering for grants, contracts and other funding to “continue studying” a problem about which we can prevent nothing.
“If it had occurred earlier.....”, “ odds are....” “bigger than Katrina...” blah blah blah.
They certainly weren’t out there telling anyone about the CME event BEFORE it happened, were they? Even if they had, the chances the Obama Administration would have rolled the dice and said nothing is very high.
The only proactive thing we could do is to develop an infrastructure that could deal effectively disaster....maybe we could call it FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). THEN, if we were smart about it, we’d make sure it was run well, by somebody competent, say like Walmart? Regardless, under THIS administration, all we’d get is blame, blustering and bullsh!t.
Mmm, I love the smell of hyperbole in the morning.
Obviously to some here, that since a devastating solar flare may or may not have actually happened, then it could never happen or would be only minimal effect.
So let’s go back to sleep, since we are all so safe in out nice comfy cocoons. Never Look Up!
two years ago? Smells like someone is wanting to fund something now.
Something tells me this is overblown sensationalist drama. Scientists need to feel important at times.
It would NOT have destroyed Earth.
...but just about every human would have been dead in a year or so from starvation and related issues (i.e., dirty water).
But since it missed us, WHO CARES. LOL!
BULLEXCREMENT!! Next, they will tell us Obozo saved us by a miricle!! Pure Crap!!
Yeah, I noticed how I didn’t seem to need to reheat my coffee as often that year.
The sun was going to destroy us, but decided to back off when it saw Obama was already doing that for it.
I was in San Juan airport during the event and all planes were grounded until the sun went down. Their sensitive instruments were definitely affected
>> Weve been busy looking for approaching ASTEROIDS.
I’m getting to that age where I have to keep an eye out for flare-ups of those.
They itch like all get-out.
Given enough warning, we could have covered the Earth in a layer of aluminum foil. Voila, a faraday cage!
He said ‘would still be picking up the pieces’ and the dumb reporters took that to mean “everyone dies”. He probably meant “Still be launching replacement satellites”
Sun found out Obama was going to be reelected ... and then just missed.
Had it occurred a week earlier when it WAS pointing at us the result could have been frighteningly different.
You know, I could have chosen to jump off the roof of the building I'm in, but instead, I chose to sit down and check out FR. Jumping would have been a frighteningly different result, too.
Must be a slow news day when they report on things that didn't happen two years ago.
If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces...
God’s little Reset Button.
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It kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
Several years ago, there was a study done on exactly this sort of event. It concluded that the power grid was in severe danger from it. Those lines stretch for many miles “uninterupted”. It concluded that the most vulnerable part were the huge transformers at either end, which were likely to be destroyed, and which would put out power for about 70% of the population.
I remember something similar to that, after the last big power out due to a minor problem with the grid that began in Canada. I never liked how seemingly fragile our power grid is, especially in light of possible terrorism. But it’s hard to know how serious the problem is hearing almost nothing about it.
I have studied it a bit. It is serious, but some steps are being taken to harden it a bit. We developed a prototype replacemnent, modular high voltage transformer...
But no steps have been taken to put it in production. It would have been a decent use of “stimulus” money.
So the Maya were almost right about 2012?
"I call BS!"
When asked by reporters about the sudden loss of all president’s teleprompters, obama said he was speechless.
perspective is important. in a week, the earth travels nearly 12 million miles. that’s 1/3 of the way to mars at it’s closest approach.