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Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:08 PM


ScienceCasts: Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth

Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more.

Two years ago, an intense solar storm narrowly missed Earth. If it had hit, researchers say, we could still be picking up the pieces.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:34 PM

Scary to think that this is just a matter of time.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:58 PM

View PostNumberman768, on 28 April 2014 - 11:34 PM, said:

Scary to think that this is just a matter of time.

It is our technology that makes us vulnerable. A CME hit would go unnoticed to most life on Earth, but for humans living in high Northern or low Southern latitudes it can cause electrical blackouts and problems with radio communications. It can also cripple satellites.

As it is our technology that makes us vulnerable we must improve our technology to remove that vulnerability.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 12:02 AM

My knowledge of the power grid structure is very limited . But are not most Earthly lines , transformers and most electronic equipment shielded , grounded , and has surge protection built in to reduce a full system breakdown ? And also how would a CME effect a home solar cell / battery system in ones home ?

I guess I'm thinking a  Total country shutdown would not happen , more like localized areas only .

Looks like you and I posted at the same time .

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 12:18 AM

View PostROGER, on 29 April 2014 - 12:02 AM, said:

I guess I'm thinking a  Total country shutdown would not happen , more like localized areas only .
It doesn't need to be an entire country shut down. Just think of the implications for towns in Alaska or Northern Canada, Siberia, Norway etc, if they were to lose electrical power for several days in the middle of winter. The impact on the very young, very old and sick could be devastating.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:09 AM

Losing power in the middle of a Texas summer could have the same affect on the elderly


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:39 AM

The auroras would be delightful.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:26 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 29 April 2014 - 11:39 AM, said:

The auroras would be delightful.

As you slowly and painfully freeze to death because there is no power, you can't call for help because the mobile phone network has been knocked out, I'm sure the fact that the sky is pretty will be some consolation as you draw your final breath.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:21 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 29 April 2014 - 01:26 PM, said:



As you slowly and painfully freeze to death because there is no power, you can't call for help because the mobile phone network has been knocked out, I'm sure the fact that the sky is pretty will be some consolation as you draw your final breath.



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:22 PM

There's something to be said about having a woodstove and several cords of firewood. :)

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Above, I wonder just how bad (worse case scenario) the damage could be.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:52 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 29 April 2014 - 01:26 PM, said:



As you slowly and painfully freeze to death because there is no power, you can't call for help because the mobile phone network has been knocked out, I'm sure the fact that the sky is pretty will be some consolation as you draw your final breath.

View PostBavarian Raven, on 27 July 2014 - 01:22 PM, said:

There's something to be said about having a woodstove and several cords of firewood. :)

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i agree with BR.
all my outdoor clothing is waterproof, breathable, and insulated. a week in anywhere remote wouldn't be any hardship whatsoever (unless it was cold enough to freeze alcohol, THEN i'd be disappointed).
an event such as this Waspie, as you pointed out, would barely register on most people's lives, so going somewhere, to watch, what would be, an amazing auroral spectacle, would, well prepared, hardly be the end of the world now, would it....
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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:49 PM

I'm pretty sure people haven't forgotten how to burn wood completely.  I'm sure people would help out old folks.  But yep inevitably some would die.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:01 PM

you know, what I have learned is that it is socially unacceptable to tell the truth too soon, including the activities about the sun. I am positive I warned people about this particular issue with the sun years ago, while people scoffed.

I have always said that I am five to ten years before the perceptions of  a good portion of the USA's general population. When I speak these truths, I am not going to give you links. My objective is to give you a seed of thought that inspires you to educate yourself. Some think I am a hack. OK. That kind of reflection is simply always going to happen. What I am asking is that people start being curious and questing. Get a passion for something. One of my passions is the sun.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:02 PM

View PostCRYSiiSx2, on 27 July 2014 - 05:49 PM, said:

I'm pretty sure people haven't forgotten how to burn wood completely.  I'm sure people would help out old folks.  But yep inevitably some would die.

I have a wood-burning stove and passive solar.

I LOVE the concept and practice of foresight. Do you?

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:16 PM

This is my home page. This keeps me up on events with the sun. I check it every day.
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