NASA says ‘solar max’ on way
The solar storm warning is featured prominently on NASA website.
In an urgent bulletin issued June 23, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has warned of major disruptions to everything we depend on for modern life. A notice posted on the NASA YouTube channel, warns against complacency: “Solar Storm Warnings from NASA (for reasons unknown) are not being taken seriously by the general public,” it says.
“There are hundreds of millions who are complacent, and when the time comes, will put demands on their neighbors supplies because people such as (possibly yourself) were unconcerned about providing their own lifeline, despite you had a heads up.”
Watch out: ignoring the warning could kill you.
“This is a classic example where mother nature culls people such as yourself, it’s all in the natural scheme of things.”
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BBC World Service Radio featured the topic on its Discovery show this week.
The warning and background about solar storms was the topic on Monday (rebroadcast Tuesday) on the science documentary series “Discovery” from the BBC World Service Radio that looks in depth at the most significant ideas, discoveries and trends in science.
“Podcasts are available to download weekly on Mondays,” it says on its web site.
This week, Astronomer Lucie Green looked at the dangers a solar superstorm could pose to people on Earth.
Additional background can be had from NASA itself. At
“Solar Max-Storm Warning Effects on the Solar System” you will find all the details.
“Every 11 years on average the sun reaches a peak period of activity called “Solar Maximum” or “Solar Max” for short. This is followed five to six years later, by a period of relative quiet called “Solar Minimum,” it says.
“During Solar Max, there are many sunspots, prominences, and solar storms (solar flares, and coronal mass ejections), all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.”
According to the BBC, the major impact will be on all those systems (your iPhone, for instance) that depend on the Global Positioning System of satellites (GPS) to function.
But that is not all. Aircraft may fall out of the sky – or be grounded; their flight controls could be affected.
Massive computer system outages – similar to those reported in April – could occur. Imagine life without the internet! No email? Would that be a blessing or curse?
This warning should be taken seriously.
Ignore it at your peril.
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