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  • Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm

    07/29/2015 8:14:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/15
    Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky - that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning. In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.
  • Major Solar Storm Hits Earth, May Pull Northern Lights South

    03/17/2015 7:48:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015
    A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. This storm ranks a 4, called severe, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic effects. It is the strongest solar storm...
  • Aurora Image from Last Night

    03/18/2015 5:32:15 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 16 replies
    Bill Longo ^ | March 18, 2015 | Bill Longo
    Photo taken March 17, 2015 near Beaverton, Ontario (~80km north of Toronto).
  • First solar storm from huge sunspot reaches Earth and knocks out satellites

    10/26/2014 8:09:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/22/14 | Mark Prigg and Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Solar radiation knocked out some radio communication on Earth yesterday It came from a giant sunspot seen on the surface of the sun recently Sunspot AR12192 is 14 times larger than Earth and almost as big as Jupiter The Met Office tells MailOnline it might be the largest sunspot in 25 years It is so big that it can be seen in images of the sun from Earth's surface This particular flare from the sunspot was brief but strong It follows three days of severe storms on the sun 'It would seem to be just a matter of time before...
  • Scientists: 'Extreme' Solar Storm Heading to Earth

    09/11/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies ^ | September 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Scientists say an extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions. Forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center don't yet know when Wednesday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could be as early as Thursday morning to a few days.
  • Solar Flare Geomagnetic Strength Increased by Twice: NASA

    09/11/2014 11:07:27 AM PDT · by dware · 12 replies
    Capital Wired ^ | 09.11.2014 | Jidde Plas
    NASA’s recent reports alerted that Earth’s magnetic field will face a double-blow from a pair of CMEs on Sept. 12th. Previously, the two storm clouds were propelled in our direction by explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158, which also fired off another intense solar flare on 9th and 10. These two flare outburst process was captured on camera by NASA. Huge geomagnetic tornados are expected on Sept. 12th and 13th as an outcome of the above repeated impacts.
  • Sun Unleashes Another Solar Storm Aimed at Earth

    08/23/2013 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2013 | Tariq Malik
    The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.
  • Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth [but only Aurora activity is expected]

    08/21/2013 11:46:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 02:18pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20), sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth. The solar eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred at 4:24 a.m. EDT (0824 GMT) Tuesday and blasted billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at a mind-boggling speed of 2 million mph (3.3 million km/h). ... Tuesday's blast doesn't appear to have too much disruptive potential. "In the past, geomagnetic storms caused by CMEs of this strength have usually been mild," NASA officials wrote. CMEs that hit Earth can also ramp up the auroras, also...
  • The calm before the solar storm? NASA warns ‘something unexpected is happening to the Sun’

    03/08/2013 10:13:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:34 EST, 8 March 2013 | Mark Prigg
    “Something unexpected” is happening on the Sun, NASA has warned. This year was supposed to be the year of “solar maximum,” the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. But … solar activity is relatively low. “Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent,” the space agency says. … Experts have been baffled by the apparent lack of activity—with many wondering if NASA simply got it wrong. However, Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation. “This is solar maximum,” he says. “But it looks...
  • The Calm Before The Solar Storm? NASA Warns "Something Unexpected Is Happening To The Sun'"

    03/08/2013 3:49:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 88 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | Mark Prigg
    'Something unexpected' is happening on the Sun, Nasa has warned. This year was supposed to be the year of 'solar maximum,' the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. But as this image reveals, solar activity is relatively low.
  • Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms?

    11/26/2012 10:10:57 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TAD ^ | 11-25-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms? By Michael Snyder November 25th, 2012 Our sun is becoming increasingly unstable, and most people have no idea the complete and utter devastation that a massive solar storm could potentially cause. A giant solar storm could potentially take out satellites, GPS systems, electrical grids, communication networks and pretty much anything else that runs on electricity or that relies upon electronics. And considering how dependent our society has become on technology, we are talking about an event that could possibly bring about the end of the...
  • Could a ‘Solar Maximum’ event spark food riots and meltdowns? (One respected scientist says ‘yes!’)

    11/25/2012 10:18:27 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe: The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power. Air travel would be grounded. Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown. Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian). Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage. The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that...
  • Storm Warning: The Gloomy Forecast for EMPs

    07/07/2012 7:41:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 85 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | July 6, 2012 | Jessica Zuckerman
    Almost a week after the D.C. area was pummeled with raging storms, many individuals are still suffering in the July heat without lights, phone lines, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. In the immediate aftermath of this event, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, Marylanders, and Virginians were left without power. Storms across the country had similar effects, and Americans from Richmond to Detroit are still facing the summer heat without many basic comforts. As awful as this is, things could be even worse. Imagine for a moment that that the power never came back on.
  • Monster Sunspot Threatens to Unleash Powerful Solar Flares

    05/08/2012 10:44:06 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies via Yahoo ^ | 5/8/12 | Mike Wall
    An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms. The huge sunspot complex, known as AR 1476, rotated into Earth's view over the weekend. It measures more than 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across, researchers said. Scientists with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, a space-based telescope watching the sun, dubbed the solar structure a "monster sunspot" in a Twitter announcement.
  • Space weather expert has ominous forecast

    05/05/2012 7:09:10 PM PDT · by null and void · 89 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 4, 2012, 7:26 p.m. | Amina Khan
    A massive explosion on the sun's surface has triggered the largest solar radiation storm since 2005, hurling charged particles at Earth. (NASA / May 4, 2012) A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt. This isn't the premise of the latest doomsday thriller. Massive solar storms have happened before — and another one is likely to occur soon, according to Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, England. Much of...
  • Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

    03/07/2012 11:32:42 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the federal government's Space Weather Prediction Center.
  • Planes expected to reroute following massive solar eruption

    01/23/2012 1:44:06 PM PST · by Doogle · 19 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 01/23/12 |
    An immense blast of plasma spewed late Sunday night from the sun led to the strongest radiation storm bombarding our planet since 2005, and a rare warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency -- and even a plan to redirect certain high-flying airplanes. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center -- the nation’s official source of warnings about space weather and its impact on Earth -- issued a watch for a geomagnetic storm expected to hit our planet Tuesday morning after a satellite witnessed an ultraviolet flash from the massive solar eruption, according to
  • Huge Solar Eruption Sparks Strongest Radiation Storm in 7 Years

    01/23/2012 1:46:00 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 32 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 January 2012 | Staff
    A powerful solar eruption is expected to blast a stream of charged particles toward Earth tomorrow (Jan. 24), as the strongest radiation storm since 2005 rages on the sun. Early this morning (0359 GMT Jan. 23, which corresponds to late Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption on the sun , according to the skywatching website The solar flare spewed from sunspot 1402, a region of the sun that has become increasingly active lately. Several NASA satellites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar Heliospheric Observatory...
  • Space Storm Tracked from Sun to Earth for First Time

    08/19/2011 3:01:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | August 19, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    by Dr. Tony Phillips NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterFor the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting. NASA’s STEREO spacecraft and new data processing techniques have succeeded in tracking space weather events from their origin in the sun’s corona to impact with the Earth, resolving a 40-year mystery about the structure of the structures that cause space weather: how the structures that impact the Earth...
  • Severe Solar Storm to Create Global Chaos and Complete Darkness

    08/08/2011 5:37:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 99 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8-7-11 | staff reporter
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a scientific agency that monitors atmospheric and ocean conditions, has predicted a state of maximum solar activity that may strike Earth, causing total darkness this decade. Forecasters and operators at the agency are keeping a close eye as the sun enters a phase of activity that may cause severe disruption of global power grids, airline communication, military satellites and even GPS applications on mobile phones and cars. Besides this, US Federal Government studies revealed that this extreme solar activity and emissions may result in complete blackouts for years, in several areas of the...
  • Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

    06/22/2011 8:57:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 33 replies
    NASA Science News ^ | June 21, 2011 | NASA
    In Sept. 1859, on the eve of a below-average1 solar cycle, the sun unleashed one of the most powerful storms in centuries. The underlying flare was so unusual, researchers still aren't sure how to categorize it. The blast peppered Earth with the most energetic protons in half-a-millennium, induced electrical currents that set telegraph offices on fire, and sparked Northern Lights over Cuba and Hawaii. This week, officials have gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC to ask themselves a simple question: What if it happens again? Modern power grids are vulnerable to solar storms. Photo credit: Martin Stojanovski...
  • Sun storm may be 'global Katrina'

    02/27/2011 4:02:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb. 27, 2011 | Richard Alleyne
    The risk of a devastating space storm wreaking havoc like a "global Katrina" and costing the world trillions of pounds should be taken "seriously", claims Britain's top scientist. Professor Sir John Beddington, the Government's chief scientist, said that the Sun was waking up from a quiet period and was likely to throw a lot more "space weather" at the Earth. Also, the world was increasingly vulnerable to damage because of our dependence on satellites, communication networks and computer devices. If a solar storm hit the Earth, it could throw out navigation systems, crash stock markets, ground aircraft and cause power...
  • The EMP Threat

    11/23/2010 12:30:33 PM PST · by Jack L. Lee · 57 replies · 1+ views
    NorCal Blogs ^ | 11/23/2010 | Jack Lee
    Do you know what an EMP is, as in an EMP bomb? Great, then you're one of the few that does, but for the rest of us let me explain. It's an "electro-magnetic pulse" and EMP's come from a highly specialized bomb that delivers magnetic radiation that can fry electrical circuits, but does little else to humans, animals or buildings. An EMP is a common occurence in nature. When it happens we call it a CME event or a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME's come from our sun - see photo on left). Just think of it as a solar storm...
  • Perfect Space Storm Could be Catastrophic on Earth, Study Concludes

    01/07/2009 8:30:00 AM PST · by presidio9 · 54 replies · 5,564+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 7, 2009 | Roy Britt
    A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm. Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation. The prediction is based in part on major solar storm in 1859 caused telegraph wires to short out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires. It was perhaps the worst in the past 200 years, according to the new study, and with the advent of modern power grids and satellites, much...
  • Bracing the Satellite Infrastructure for a Solar Superstorm

    08/05/2008 10:02:30 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 4 replies · 140+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July, 2008 | By Sten F. Odenwald and James L. Green
    A recurrence of the 1859 solar superstorm would be a cosmic Katrina, causing billions of dollars of damage to satellites, power grids and radio communications The solar superstorm of 1859 was the fiercest ever recorded. Auroras filled the sky as far south as the Caribbean, magnetic compasses went haywire and telegraph systems failed. Ice cores suggest that such a blast of solar particles happens only once every 500 years, but even the storms every 50 years could fry satellites, jam radios and cause coast-to-coast blackouts. The cost of such an event justifies more systematic solar monitoring and beefier protection for...

    03/22/2007 6:55:23 AM PDT · by janereinheimer · 10 replies · 405+ views
    When I was in grade school -- maybe fourth or fifth grade -- I remember being struck with great fear when our teacher informed the class that the sun was a dying star. How in the world were we going to fix that, I wondered. The JAXA/NASA photo above gives plain old picturesque evidence that the sun is doing something out there. Maybe exploding out into space. Is that a prelude to imploding into itself. Will the sun do something nova-like and just fade out? (JAXA stands for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.) Don't know. And neither do you. Not...
  • Twin spacecraft track solar storms, NASA says (STEREO)

    03/03/2007 7:35:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 952+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/07 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New twin spacecraft are helping scientists track pesky solar storms from the sun to Earth, where they can disrupt satellites, communications and sometimes the electricity supply, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday. Even though the STEREO spacecraft are struggling to get into their final orbits, they are already sending back images that have experts re-evaluating what they know about these storms, called coronal mass ejections, project scientists said. "These are big powerful things that leave the sun," Michael Kaiser, STEREO project scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, told reporters. "They are storms...
  • Astronauts Forced To Take Shelter From Violent Solar Storm In Space

    12/13/2006 9:49:26 AM PST · by TheTruthAintPretty · 103 replies · 3,061+ views
    Local6 ^ | December 13, 2006
    A violent solar explosion sent a dangerous wave of radiation through space late Tuesday, prompting NASA to order the crews of Discovery and the International Space Station to take shelter overnight, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today. The solar flare erupted around 9:40 p.m., unleashing enough radiation to disrupt radio communications on Earth and in orbit while endangering astronauts circling 220 miles above the planet.
  • Stronger Solar Storms Predicted [50% increase!]Blackouts May Result

    03/07/2006 11:22:02 AM PST · by gobucks · 27 replies · 861+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 7 Mar 06 | John Roach
    The next 11-year solar storm cycle should be significantly stronger than the current one, which may mean big problems for power grids and GPS systems and other satellite-enabled technology, scientists announced today. The stronger solar storms could start as early as this year or as late as 2008 and should peak around 2012. "We predict the next solar cycle will be 30 to 50 percent stronger than the last cycle," said Mausumi Dikpati, a solar scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, yesterday in a telephone briefing with reporters. The last cycle peaked in 2001. A...
  • 1bn megaton solar storm 'to hit Earth'

    07/27/2004 1:45:34 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 77 replies · 2,519+ views
    This Is London ^ | 27 July 2004
    A major solar storm with the force of a billion megaton bombs could be set to hit the Earth, scientists warned yesterday. The storm is expected to be unleashed from a group of sunspots 20 times the size of Earth, with experts believing it is aimed at our planet. The area of spots - called Number 652 - could release a storm powerful enough to damage satellites and put power grids out of action. The Sun's last bout of intense storms occurred last autumn, when a string of ten major flares over two weeks knocked out satellites, damaged others, and...
  • The Sun Goes Haywire

    11/12/2003 5:38:51 PM PST · by Davea · 24 replies · 119+ views
    NASA | 11/12/03

    10/28/2003 9:13:57 AM PST · by John H K · 59 replies · 270+ views
    Solar-Terrestrial Dispatch ^ | October 28, 2003
    Event #49 - 28 October 2003 Issued: 16:30 UTC, 28 October 2003 SOURCE EVENT Class X17.2 Flare in Region 486 at 11:10 UTC on 28 October 2003 Type II: 1250 km/sec Estimated LASCO-derived Plane of Sky Velocity: 2125 km/sec ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF SHOCK AT EARTH Estimated Impact Window: 00:00 UTC on 29 October to 21:00 UTC on 29 October Preferred Predicted Impact Time: 08:00 UTC, 29 October 2003 (3 am EST on 29 October) Estimated Shock Strength (0=Weakest, 9=Strongest): 9 Predicted Behavior of IMF at Shock Impact At Shock Impact, the Interplanetary Magnetic Field is predicted to initially...
  • Scientists Seek Clues in Solar Storm That Enveloped Shuttle

    02/17/2003 1:06:49 AM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 11 replies · 232+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02-13-03 | JAMES GLANZ
    A storm of particles and radiation from the Sun, a kind of disturbance that has disabled or destroyed satellites on dozens of occasions, crossed the path of the space shuttle Columbia just as it was making its descent to Earth, scientists said yesterday. The disturbance was detected by at least two NASA space probes as it passed from deep space toward Earth on Feb. 1, said Dr. Devrie S. Intriligator, director of the space plasma laboratory at the Carmel Research Center, a private laboratory in Santa Monica, Calif., who discovered the event by examining data from the probes. Experts...