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Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit

 
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Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
THE sun is gearing up for a peak in activity at a time when technology makes our planet more vulnerable to solar outbursts than ever before. Monitoring has improved since the last solar maximum, so what are the big risks this time around?

About once every 11 years, the sun goes ballistic, throwing out more bursts of magnetic activity than normal. As a large but harmless solar flare signalled last week, the next solar maximum is due in 2013.

In the past, these storms have triggered extra currents in power lines, destroying transformers and leading to blackouts. This time around, blackouts could be more common. John Kappenman of Storm Analysis Consultants in Duluth, Minnesota, found that many transformers in the US are ageing and therefore extra fragile.

He also points out that while new transformers consume less power, that means relatively small currents from solar storms can overload and damage them. "If anything, we're making things on the grid more vulnerable," he says.

As well as causing blackouts, solar storms can fry satellite electronics, which we rely on more and more for communication, navigation and weather forecasts.

[link to www.newscientist.com]
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Re: Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
bump for the only real doom that will be serious and could very likely manifest.
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Re: Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
bump for the only real doom that will be serious and could very likely manifest.
 Quoting: Osirus


Of course we're going to shy away. Shit's too real.
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Re: Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
bump for the only real doom that will be serious and could very likely manifest.
 Quoting: Osirus


Agree with this, photon band having particle(mass) and wave(energy)is giving us the einstein solar push.Seriously there is alot of galactic energy feeding our sol, allowing for that unknown variable, scary but so interesting!
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan
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Re: Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
bump for the only real doom that will be serious and could very likely manifest.
 Quoting: Osirus


Agree with this, photon band having particle(mass) and wave(energy)is giving us the einstein solar push.Seriously there is alot of galactic energy feeding our sol, allowing for that unknown variable, scary but so interesting!
 Quoting: shadasonic


With our core slowing down at an alarming rate ,that reversal is just around the corner. I know Dr. Brooks and colleagues are saying hundreds of years out but I don't think so, something has our leaders severely spooked. They act like they have been lobotomized and have squandered trillions of dollars, making horrible decisions, as if they know it doesn't matter
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Re: Earth in for BUMPY ride as solar storms hit
We know. we just don't know when.
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We know. we just don't know when.
 Quoting: Taralily


We've got a huge coronal hole forming now, but it looks like it will be past us by the time it matures, could catch us on the next trip
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We know. we just don't know when.
 Quoting: Taralily


We've got a huge coronal hole forming now, but it looks like it will be past us by the time it matures, could catch us on the next trip
 Quoting: shadasonic


Yep. Waiting on a huge earth directed. Then it will get very interesting.
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[link to sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov]





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