Scientist says Solar Storms are increasing with possibility of creating chaos like the 1859 Carrington Event

Solare Flare A solar flare erupting on March 3, 2023. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares, and which is colorized in orange. (Solar Dynamics Observatory / NASA)

Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves

Important Takeaways:

  • Solar superstorm could ‘wipe out the internet’ for weeks or months, scientist says
  • The power grid, satellites, underground fiber optic cable with copper sheaths, navigation and GPS systems, radio transmitters and communications equipment are all vulnerable.
  • It has happened before. Becker points to the Carrington Event in 1859. That was the last time a CME reached Earth.
  • The heavy-duty wires of the telegraph were robust compared to the fragile electronics of today, he said.
  • “So you lay that on top of the internet with its very delicate electronics, you’re talking about something that could really fry the system for a period of several weeks to months in terms of the time it would take to repair all the infrastructure – all of the electronic switches, all of these closets of electronics in all these office buildings,” Becker said. “That could all be fried. So we’re talking pretty major. And it’s not just communications. It’s economic disruption, too, obviously.”
  • An economic disruption to the tune of $10-$20 billion per day to the U.S. economy alone, Becker estimated.
  • The solar cycle is peaking making solar storms more plentiful
  • Becker said predicting solar storms is like predicting earthquakes – we just don’t have control over the situation. He said that the odds are about 10% that over the next decade, “something really large is going to happen that could potentially wipe out the internet.”

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