Here comes the Sun

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A solar belch erupted from the sun early Saturday (Feb. 9), triggering an intense sun eruption aimed squarely at Earth. The solar storm, however, should not endanger satellites or astronauts in space, but could amplify auroras on Earth. The solar eruption —called a coronal mass ejection —occurred at 2:30 a.m. EST (0730 GMT) on Saturday during a minor, but long-duration, flare. It hurled a wave of charged particles at Earth at speeds of about 1.8 million miles per hour (nearly 2.9 million km/h).

The sun has an 11 year cycle, at the peak of which it tends to produce far more solar flares than at at the end of the cycles. This year we are hitting the peak and so we expect a few of these to be Earth directed over the coming months. When aimed at Earth, they can reach the planet between one and three days later, and cause geomagnetic storms when they interact with the planet’s magnetic field. They can also amplify the northern and southern lights displays over the Earth’s poles.

They sun has been doing this for hundreds of millions of years and we’ve know about it since the the time of Galileo so why are we only just now getting concerned? Well. The biggest changers humanity has happened in the last 50 years. We are utterly dependent on telecommunications, the power grid, and oil. A big solar flare could stop any or all of these temporarily, and we can only imagine the problems that would bring.

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10 comments on “Here comes the Sun

  1. This is a very interesting article. It seems like we could prevent our power grids from going down if we reconfigured them to provide extra grounding. This would allow us to protect our telecommunications in the event that a massive solar flare occurred. I wonder how much radiation it would take to damage a high-flying airplane?

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  2. The fact that we are entering the peak cycle of these solar flares is a little nerve-wracking because of how much we depend on “The Grid” for all of our modern ammenities. I know that the Earth’s magnetic field generally stops these solar bursts from harming us on the surface,and a a result we get a pretty good light show out of it, but if just one of these flares happens to get through then everything that uses electricity is gone. Maybe this eventually could lead to new forms of power and energy in the future? Regardless, it was a very good article.

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  3. Although the impact that these peaks will have on our telecommunications and power grids may worry me, the amplifications of the auroras is more interesting to me. They are already beautiful and fascinating, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to witness what they look like after being amplified by the solar eruption.

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  4. This is pretty cool. I did not know storms such as this occur in space that could potentially harm the earth. With the flares shooting things to the earth at such a intense speed, I am surprised nothing was damaged or nothing was impacted.

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  5. Years ago, when I worked for a local cable company, the calls to Customer Service always peaked at this time because the solar flares tend to temporarily interrupt the cable’s video transmission. I can imagine that they’re not looking forward to this getting any worse this year!
    Lynn Guest

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  6. The movie ” knowing ” with Nicholas Cage ia about solar flares. It is a very scary thing to know that it can burn away our atmoshepe and incinerates the surface of the earth. We depend in our communication system more than ever, if a solar flares destroy our communication systems the world will become chaotic place to be in.
    Hopefully it will not happen anytime soon.

    Aurelio Miralda

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  7. I had heard about this solar flares but I had no Idea that it could temporary stop telecommunications, power grid it would certainly cause huge problems. There is so much going on on outer space that affect our planet and sometimes we don’t even now about them.

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  8. It is really intresting that the sun produce far more solar flares than at at the end of the cycles. The flares can cause geomagnetic storms when they interact with the planet’s magnetic field which I think it has cause the weather.

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  9. That’s amazing by the flares from the sun. But the thing that sucks is we are having way to much storms the new one that is near NY were i used to live is Nemo (Winter Storm) Were they get around 6 inches per hr We are talking about massive ft of snow due to the chill temperatures! Also there was another Tsunami as well.. Could this all been from that Flare from the sun?

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