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NASA: we may only have 30 minutes warning that a solar storm is coming

By T.K. Randall
May 16, 2023 · Comment icon 5 comments

Are we ready for the next solar storm ? Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The space agency has stressed that there may be very little warning that a disruptive solar storm is about to hit the Earth.
The last time a coronal mass ejection from the Sun hit the Earth was in 1921, a time long before computers, mobile phones and many of the other things that we now take for granted.

More recently, however, scientists have warned that if a major solar storm happened now, it could cause serious disruption to our way of life due to our reliance on electronic communications.

Imagine what would happen if every mobile phone stopped working, the Internet went down for weeks or even months and even the power grid stopped working for an extended period of time.

Now in a renewed effort to find a way to help warn people about an impending solar storm, NASA has been using artificial intelligence to analyze and interpret data relating to solar activity.
If successful, the research could produce an early warning system capable of informing people about a solar storm around 30 minutes in advance.

It's still not much, but it might be enough to prepare for (and avoid) some of the worst effects.

As things stand, it's not a question of if such an event will occur, but when.

All we can do is hope that the world will be ready for it when it does.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Orphalesion 11 months ago
Ha. This should really read "IF a solar storm is coming" Because wording it like that makes it's already be discovered and about to hit in (as of the date of this message) ten minutes haha.
Comment icon #2 Posted by and-then 11 months ago
Other than parts of our military infrastructure, America has taken no steps to harden our systems against the effects of a CME or man made EMP.  It's insane not to take basic precautions to harden our electrical grid but I guess they'd rather use the money to buy votes or fund kick-back schemes.
Comment icon #3 Posted by simplybill 11 months ago
No worries. 30 minutes is plenty of time to slather on some sunblock. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Amorlind 11 months ago
Carrigton event :  approximatively 17-18 hours to make the 150-million-kilometre journey to Earth..., lets just say that the maj of the satellite network will fry, the planes will go down, fires will burst everywhere, this kind of warning could be helpful ;-)
Comment icon #5 Posted by razman 11 months ago
Don't know , but just saw this hi res view of the sun's south pole area, pretty incredible. Sun's South Pole In Stunning High-Res Solar Orbiter | Watch (

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