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Bilbo Bagins
08-10-2011, 06:33
Thankfully we dodged a bullet, it was on the opposite side of the sun from earth, but it seems we are going to be hitting a high level of solar storms in the next few years. With the riots and the economy, a solar flare knock out power worldwide would really suck.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44076593/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/sun-unleashes-largest-solar-flare-years?ocid=ansmsnbc11

ArmoryDoc
08-10-2011, 07:00
I would bet it's more media hype than anything. The sun goes through cycles. It's normal.

sebecman
08-10-2011, 08:26
I would bet it's more media hype than anything. The sun goes through cycles. It's normal.

It's also normal for my Wife to go thru cycles, doesn't make it any less of a PITA when she flares in my direction.

ArmoryDoc
08-10-2011, 08:47
It's also normal for my Wife to go thru cycles, doesn't make it any less of a PITA when she flares in my direction.

I had one of those at one time. Key word, "HAD". Kicked her to the curb and got me a flareless model. Now she can "flare" at another unfortunate soul. :wavey:

cowboy1964
08-10-2011, 11:14
I would bet it's more media hype than anything. The sun goes through cycles. It's normal.

Yes it's normal, but OTOH we've never been so dependent on electricity and satellites. Ever hear of the Carrington Event?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

TangoFoxtrot
08-10-2011, 15:16
Thankfully we dodged a bullet, it was on the opposite side of the sun from earth, but it seems we are going to be hitting a high level of solar storms in the next few years. With the riots and the economy, a solar flare knock out power worldwide would really suck.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44076593/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/sun-unleashes-largest-solar-flare-years?ocid=ansmsnbc11


Yes it would! But on the other hand maybe it is a good thing , we could do a little urban renewal of some two garbage that walks this planet!:whistling:

ArmoryDoc
08-10-2011, 17:54
Yes it's normal, but OTOH we've never been so dependent on electricity and satellites. Ever hear of the Carrington Event?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

Yep. Interesting event.

Pardoner
08-11-2011, 10:14
I would bet it's more media hype than anything. The sun goes through cycles. It's normal.

+1

They are claiming it was the largest flare in 4 years. I don't recall any great disruptions 4 years ago. Come to think of it, I don't recall ANY disruptions!

gotplastic
08-15-2011, 18:19
+1

They are claiming it was the largest flare in 4 years. I don't recall any great disruptions 4 years ago. Come to think of it, I don't recall ANY disruptions!

Ageed, it was a close call to nothing happening in yet another solar flare event. Most of this hype seems to be NASA just trying to scare people enough that we keep them around. Now that the shuttle program is killed it's time to really start cutting into the biggest waste in our budget.

Toyman
08-16-2011, 05:59
+1

They are claiming it was the largest flare in 4 years. I don't recall any great disruptions 4 years ago. Come to think of it, I don't recall ANY disruptions!

I can:

"...On March 13th, 1989 a huge solar induced magnetic storm played havoc with the ionosphere, and the earth's magnetic field. This storm, the second largest storm experienced in the past 50 years, totally shut down Hydro-Quebec, the power grid servicing Canada's Quebec province. ..."
http://www.ips.gov.au/Educational/1/3/12

cyrsequipment
08-16-2011, 07:40
I can:

"...On March 13th, 1989 a huge solar induced magnetic storm played havoc with the ionosphere, and the earth's magnetic field. This storm, the second largest storm experienced in the past 50 years, totally shut down Hydro-Quebec, the power grid servicing Canada's Quebec province. ..."
http://www.ips.gov.au/Educational/1/3/12

1989 was 4 years ago???

Did I go back in time? and did I take Glock Talk with me?

gotplastic
08-16-2011, 18:35
1989 was 4 years ago???

Did I go back in time? and did I take Glock Talk with me?

It happened in Quebec, it's measured in Canadian years.:rofl: