Earth’s satellites, power grids, and planes can have more it’s time to prepare for the threat of solar flares

Earth's satellites, power grids, and planes can have more it's time to prepare for the threat of solar flares
  • Solar flares contain solar particles, which pose a threat to astronauts, satellites, power grids, and airplanes.
  • In addition, they are very difficult to predict in advance.
  • Scientists believe they know where these particles come from, which could help astronomers better predict solar flares that pose a threat to Earth and its technology.

Every now and then the Sun spits out a solar flare that leaves Earth’s critical infrastructure on the edge. One example is the “Carrington Event” of 1859 in which a large solar storm caused telegraph systems to fail across Europe and America. Another is the massive blackout of 1989 in Quebec.

Knowing when a solar flare is going to occur could help Earth better prepare for solar storms and reduce the risk to human lives. In what could be a milestone in that research, a new study by astronomers at University College London (UCL) and George Mason University could at least point others to where to look.

A medium-sized solar flare (M2) and coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from the same large active region of the sun on July 14, 2017. The rocket lasted for nearly two hours, a fairly long duration, according to NASA .

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