Sunday, January 11, 2009

Is a 'Katrina-Like' Space Storm Brewing?

U.S. scientists worry we aren't ready for a solar space storm that could knock out our electricity, our cell phones, even our water supply.

The chances of that happening are small, but it is a possibility as we move into an active period of solar storms.

How do they know? Well, it's happened before. Back in 1859, a solar eruption resulted in telegraph wires burning up.

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1 comment:

Intense said...

It's also of some peculiar interest that the upcoming solar maximum (greatest period of solar flares, sunspots, space weather, etc.) in the sun's 11 year periodic cycle just happens to coincide with 2012.