Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monster Solar Flares to Hit Earth Have Governments On Edge

**UPDATE** February 18, 2011 -  Physicist Michio Kaku tweeted "We dodged the bullet. The bulk of the huge solar flare apparently passed behind the earth, minimizing damage to satellites, power stations."  There was some radio interference and marvelous Auroras reported in Ireland but nothing as extreme as anticipated.

The sun's starting to come alive by sending powerful solar flares towards earth and governments around the world are worried.  The sun's entered a period of extreme activity and just released the largest solar flare headed toward earth since 2006.  This kind of extreme solar storm activity is expected to peak in late 2012 or 2013. The latest blast from Monday night is expected to arrive between February 17-18th.  Many may be saying, whoo hoo, let's have a solar flare party! But wait. . .
A powerful solar eruption that triggered a huge geomagnetic storm has disturbed radio communications and could disrupt electrical power grids, radio and satellite communication in the next days, NASA said. Huge Solar Flare Jams Radio, Satellite Signals
Another solar flare released a few days ago was reported to have disrupted radio communications in Southern China.
The solar flare, a huge explosion on the sun's surface caused by magnetic activity, affected transmissions in southern China on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the CMA.  Huge Solar Flare Said to Jam China Communications
Back in 1859, the U.S. was fortunate they didn't have much to worry about over what was the largest solar storm on record.  Unlike today's electricity dependency, the solar storm did little damage only setting telegraph wires and forests on fire.  Many said the sky was lit up so bright in the middle of the night that people were reported to have woken up to start their breakfast thinking it was morning.

Discovery News reported today:
The explosive sun we all know and love is back! And it's packing a punch.  Late on Monday night, when we were all distracted by the Stardust-NExT flyby of comet Tempel 1, the sun unleashed the biggest flare for over four years. The flare, seen above through the high-definition eyes of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), is classified as one of the most powerful flares the sun can muster.  Solar Boom!  Sun Unleashes Monster Flare - Discovery News

NASA Warns of Once in a Lifetime Solar Storm Coming!

The Sun Could Knock World Governments Out In One Single Blow

In 2009  a study by the National Academy of Sciences outlined grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.  The scientists concluded:
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. - Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months - Fox News

This video features Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory 2012 segment regarding solar flares and scientists warning of an impending once in a lifetime solar storm.

Coincidentally, around the time the sun's solar flare activities are to peak, is in or around 2012 when the Mayans predicted the end of the world.  Scientists say the powerful solar flares could set off many fires on earth and even cause the poles to shift that would cause 400 mph winds on earth.

For more info visit:
There's a Hole in the Sun! - Discovery News