I’ve been telling people for the last year or so that if anything happens on the dreaded 2012 date of doom that it would be an “electronic apocalypse.” Basically, the sun is going to knock out our electronics. Mind you, I’m not a scientist so I could just have my head shoved up my arse, but for some reason, this is the most logical “happening” for this 2012 Mayan event. Think about it..the date can also mean a “changing” or a “new era.” What better way for a new era than to force the world to adapt to not having modern conveniences? What societal changes would occur en masse if something like this could occur?
However, the naysayers who say “ahh nothing is going to happen this year. The sun isn’t even flaring heavily at this time, blah blah blah” have been irking me as how do they know? So what lies ahead for us all?
According to nasa.gov’s website this happened before back in 1859:
The 1859 storm–known as the “Carrington Event” after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare–electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society’s high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused “only” $80 to 125 billion in damage.
Or according to ESA‘s March 2008 report:
The real significance of these spots is what they say about the solar cycle, says Hathaway. “Solar cycle 24 has begun, but we won’t be through solar minimum until the number of cycle 24 spots rises above the declining number of cycle 23 spots.” Based on this latest spate of ‘old’ activity, he thinks the next solar maximum probably won’t arrive until 2012.
What do you think?
See following articles for more “news” on this:
Solar storm warning?
Solar storm, largest since 2005, causes aurora borealis over Canada, Britain
- Experts: Solar Storm Could Impact Satellites Fueling Our Favorite Tech Devices (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- First Estimate of Solar Cycle 25 Amplitude – may be the smallest in over 300 years (wattsupwiththat.com)
- Strongest Solar Storm Since 2003, Flights Rerouted (twistedeconotwist.wordpress.com)
- Northern lights: more sky shows coming from solar storms – USA TODAY (usatoday.com)
- Solar-Storm-Fueled Auroras Make for Awesome Backyard Photography (wired.com)