Is this a cause of climate change?
A one, two, three, Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, the Japanese don’t care to and the Chinese wouldn’t dare to… Well now! This latest discovery might throw a spanner in the works of the climate scare mongers. The sun has solar flares that can play havoc with Earth’s weather. But scientists are at odds with conclusions. In other words and to avoid attack from colleagues always eager to denigrate a perceived denier, they dither too and fro with yes, could be, no evidence, etc. To the layman it does seem logical when huge explosions (solar flares) on the sun that are tracked via telescopes radiate enormous heat would one day reach earth?
EVIDENCE of a HUGE solar storm smashing into our planet 2,600 years ago has been found in the ice of Greenland, and researchers warn such a disaster could happen again with devastating consequences.
Source: UK Express
Solar storm: Huge storm smashed into Earth 2,600 years ago – and it WILL happen again
Researchers found radioactive elements buried beneath nearly half a kilometre of ice in Greenland, which shows an “enormous” solar storm battered the planet in 660 BC. The analysis revealed the storm was 10 times more powerful than anything that has hit in the last 70 years – when scientists began monitoring solar storms. Raimund Muscheler, a professor of quaternary sciences at Lund University in Sweden, said: “What our research shows is that the observational record over the past 70 years does not give us a complete picture of what the sun can do.”
While the most serious consequences for those living in 660 BC was just a stunning display or aurora borealis or australis, northern and southern lights respectively, things would be completely different for us today.
A solar storm of such intensity would have the potential of wiping out large swathes of modern technology on Earth and could throw civilisation into disarray.
Solar storms wreak havoc on global technology as the radiation which pummels our planet heats up the outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This means satellite signals will struggle to penetrate the swollen atmosphere, leading to a lack of Internet service, GPS navigation, satellite TV such as Sky and mobile phone signal.
Additionally, increased currents in the Earth’s magnetic field – or magnetosphere – could theoretically lead to a surge of electricity in power lines, which can blow out electrical transformers and power stations leading to a temporary loss of electricity.
The biggest storm in the technological era was the Carrington Event which occurred in September 1859.
During that solar storm, the sun unleashed a series of powerful solar flares that were so powerful telegraph operators’ offices experienced a surge in electricity which resulted in some buildings setting on fire.
Now, it could be much worse.
The team write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “A solar proton event of such magnitude occurring in modern times could result in severe disruption of satellite-based technologies, high frequency radio communication and space-based navigation systems.”