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Here comes the sun… and a potentially devastating Coronal Mass Ejection

The sun is a dangerous old thing. Even though we're about 150 million miles away, it can still burn your skin after a relatively short exposure time. So it's not surprising that a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), a massive solar flare which causes a burst of solar wind, can potentially trouble our planet.

In terms of technology, it could be potentially devastating, as you'll be aware if you saw the recent Horizon TV programme on space weather. One big CME hitting the Earth directly could overload our entire national grid, plunging the country (well, multiple countries) into darkness, taking down communications, the internet, totalling satellites, grounding planes... pretty much bringing daily life to a grinding halt.

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Terrors of the Sun? tongue.gif
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So is anyone making preparations just in case this comes to pass? I mean, if this truly is a real threat that could happen at any time, what are we all standing around talking about it for?

We need to do something and soon, or a single event will plunge this world into chaos that we may not be able to recover from.

Our currency, communications, entertainment, etc. is all dependent on electricity to function. If that electricity doesn't work, we lose everything. Catch my drift?
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So is anyone making preparations just in case this comes to pass? I mean, if this truly is a real threat that could happen at any time, what are we all standing around talking about it for?
We need to do something and soon, or a single event will plunge this world into chaos that we may not be able to recover from.
Our currency, communications, entertainment, etc. is all dependent on electricity to function. If that electricity doesn't work, we lose everything. Catch my drift?

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There should be a 24/7 online service that monitors solar activity available for public that says "UNPLUG YOUR STUFF! NOW" maybe a tray gadget. Even if everything goes down and there will be no internet I don't want my PC burned. I keep unplugging everything after use. thumb.gif
Also Im going to purchase a solar panel before summer so I can at least power up my MP3 player and flashlight batteries. biggrin.gif
Edited by Use - 3/20/12 at 12:02am
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There should be a 24/7 online service that monitors solar activity available for public that says "UNPLUG YOUR STUFF! NOW" maybe a tray gadget. Even if everything goes down and there will be no internet I don't want my PC burned. I keep unplugging everything after use. thumb.gif

Unplugging won't help. A CME contains a tremendous magnetic radiation. This magnetic field enters your PC and just like a bike dynamo (moving magnetic field) it induces electric current in your unplugged PC. Not just a bit, no, every trace on your mobo will fry, chips will pop and leave you with a useless heap of scrap.

No, we've gotta encase our homes in metal enclosures so those magnetic fields cause currents in the enclosure rather than in what's covered by it. I just explained to you the "Faraday Cage" principle.
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Wait a minute, are you saying that we should have left the lead paint on our houses? tongue.gif
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damn nature, you're scary!
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Heh... I hate articles like these, It has nothing to do with the United States. this is Britain's Cabinet Office declaring the sun as a potential threat, nothing more. Yet the guy who decided to rewrite it made it seem like the whole world could come to an end because of the possibility of Britain's national grid going down during a solar wind storm...
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Heh... I hate articles like these, It has nothing to do with the United States. this is Britain's Cabinet Office declaring the sun as a potential threat, nothing more. Yet the guy who decided to rewrite it made it seem like the whole world could come to an end because of the possibility of Britain's national grid going down during a solar wind storm...

And, for whatever reason, you think the same storm that takes out Britain's grid won't affect the grid in the US?

EDIT: Also, it's 150 million KILOMETERS, not miles. Big difference.
Edited by Shadowrunner340 - 3/20/12 at 12:44am
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Articles like these pop up every year. I have yet to experience anything more than bad cell phone/wifi reception.

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