solar superstorm during its peek. This comes with great concern because of what happens to earth when it's bombarded by solar superstorm.
On September 1st through the 2nd in 1859 a solar superstorm hit earth so hard that the aurora borealis could be seen as far south as the Caribbean. Miners in the rocky mountains thought it was the morning sun because the aurora was so intense. Telegraph machines were literally frying up in Europe and North America. In some cases the telegraph paper would spontaneously combust. Even more amazing, other telegraph machines continued to work without electricity! They were being powered by the geomagnetic charged atmosphere caused by the solar superstorm. Wow, free electricity!
Think this is all a pipe dream? Think again, because experts say it's very real scenario. This is why the Space Weather Enterprise Forum was held June 8th 2010 at the national press club in Washington DC. Here is a list of who was suggested to attend:
- Users, operators, and developers of spacecraft, satellite communications, and high frequency radio and radar communications systems.
- Users, operators, and developers of global positioning systems and applications.
- Users, operators, and developers of the electric power generation system and distribution grid.
- Aircrews, operators, and aircraft design engineers for high-altitude and trans-polar aviation.
- Human spaceflight managers, astronauts, planners, and engineers including suborbital space tourism activities.
- Academic, private sector, and government space weather researchers.
- Commercial space weather data and service providers.
- Government space weather data and service providers.
- Policymakers and analysts in the areas of space, energy, aviation, communications, and national security.
I was inspired to write this post today being March 10, 2011 because of the report from the sun monitor located on the right side of my site. Today the sun had an X Class Flare (the largest class of flare) and it's the 2nd time it has happened in the last 30 days. People living at 40 degrees north latitude may be seeing aurora borealis this evening. I will make sure to go outside, away from city lights and look north.
link on how to survive without electricity for a month. Better safe than sorry.
Attain your mind.