Officials in Britain and the United States are preparing to make controlled power cuts to their national electricity supplies in response to a warning of a possible powerful solar storm hitting the Earth. In an interview with The Independent, Thomas Bogdan, director of the US Space Weather Prediction Centre, said that controlled power “outages” will protect the National Electricity Grids against damage which could take months or even years to repair should a large solar storm collide with the Earth without any precautions being taken. Read full article: independent.co.uk
Britain has now teamed up with the US to create a second solar weather prediction centre which, like its counterpart in Boulder, will operate 24/7 to make forecasts about an “imminent CME – when the Sun spews out a billion or so tons of energetically charged particles travelling at a million miles an hour that can interact with electronic and magnetic devices, from satellites to electrical transformers. Read full interview: independent.co.uk
Solar storms are a serious threat. Both NASA and ESA confirmed the next huge solar storm. The Sun is now emerging from the lowest period of inactivity since the space age took off 50 years ago. Last week’s event is almost certain to be just the start of a cycle that is expected to peak in 2013. It is during this rising activity that we can expect the Earth to be buffeted by some devastating solar storms.
We all heard about the solar storm of 1859 the most powerful event of its kind in recorded history and it looks like we are not far away from another one coming our way.
NASA’s report from May 2009: new solar cycle prediction
ESA’s March 2008 report : old solar cycel returns
August 2010: sun storm to hit with force of 100m bombs
September 2010: space weather experts warn of solar storm dangers