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Devastating solar storms are much more common than previously believed, warn scientists… and Earth is in the cross hairs

Researchers have found evidence that a massive solar storm enveloped Earth 2600 years ago. Now, they warn that similar space weather phenomena of the same magnitude could happen again.

Since the last such event in 1859, humans have come to rely on electricity. Another solar storm of that size and power would cause chaos around the world.

The sun sometimes undergoes solar proton events. It hurls massive amounts of charged particles at Earth. This “proton storm” is harmful to humans in space and the air. It also damages electronics aboard spacecraft and aircraft.

When it hits the Earth’s magnetosphere, the proton storm gets trapped on the planet. It becomes a geomagnetic storm that devastates power grids.

In 1989, a solar event blacked out the entirety of Quebec in Canada. Its effects reached the U.S. and affected power grids throughout much of the country.

Despite their considerable effects on modern-day civilization and technology, the scientific literature on solar proton storms is sparse. Researchers know little about the frequency of severe eruptions, nor do they have a solid handle on exactly how powerful a proton storm may get.

At least 3 huge solar proton storms took place during ancient times

The Carrington Event made the Quebec incident look like a firecracker. The earlier geomagnetic storm took place in 1859. It gave off 10 times as much energy as the Quebec event.

In turn, Carrington might be dwarfed by a proton storm that took place around 660 B.C., the mythical date of Japan’s founding. Swedish researchers from Lund University made the discovery when they uncovered radioactive atoms trapped within the Greenland ice sheet.

Proton storms generated beryllium-10, chlorine-36 and carbon-14 atoms. The radioactive material got trapped in tree rings and ice cores. They provided clues for researchers studying solar weather during ancient times.

The Lund research team studied two ice core samples from Greenland. Both cores showed elevated levels of beryllium-10 and chlorine-36, the remnants of a solar proton storm that happened 2,610 years ago.

Earlier, the same researchers evaluated tree rings for carbon-14. They found spikes of radioactive carbon atoms that were the same age as the beryllium and chlorine ones.

Other researchers employed the same methods to find two more solar storms. One event happened when Emperor Charlemagne visited Pope Adrian I in Rome during A.D. 774-775. The other took place during A.D. 993-994, when Holy Roman Emperor Otto III was still a boy.

All three ancient events dwarfed the 1956 proton storm. Further, the A.D. 774 incident was the largest solar eruption known to man.

Devastating solar eruptions may take place much more often than previously predicted

The Lund researchers did not know if the ancient proton storms they discovered were bigger or smaller than the Carrington Event. Unlike the much earlier solar eruptions, Carrington left vague clues about its exact magnitude.

Lund researcher Raimund Muscheler did surmise a link between the ancient solar activity and a geomagnetic storm. If so, they would be far stronger than the Carrington Event.

Muscheler stressed the need for additional research on the potential effects of such massive solar proton storms on human civilization. He pointed out that the eruptions were part of the sun’s regular activity.

Three thousand years is brief for the sun. It may have erupted many more times than the three incidents discovered so far.

“We need to search systematically for these events in the environmental archives to get a good idea about the statistics – that is, the risks – for such events and also smaller events,” he shared. “The challenge will be to find the smaller ones that probably still exceed anything we measured in recent decades.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. No worries, the Greens have it under control.

    Their dream is to halve the population and reverse human progress, driving humanity back into medieval living, tilling the soil by hand and not using anything as disgusting as tractors, chemicals or non-organic fertilizers.

    Then the sun can fart away merrily, for all they care, and nobody will be any the wiser.

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  2. I suggest a sacrifice to appease the Sun God. To settle things down a one way rocket with JAG, Goldriz, Marama and Jimmy strapped in with the GPS set for the sun should work a treat.

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  3. That is an interesting post. Thanks. Shows how little we know while showing how vulnerable our society is if such an event happened. Also shows how pathetic the fluffing about with climate change is.

    We do need to be prepared as individuals to cope if an unusual event occurs and expect to be able to fend for ourselves and our families for a long period before any semblance of normality returns, if it does return.

    I recall during the post Cyclone Bola period, there were helicopters ferrying children’s nappies and bread to isolated properties. Not sure such service should be expected as the norm. Being prepared, and able to last a week without outside support should be a minimum.

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    • The older members of society will cope but the millenials heads will explode when there is no electricity and they can’t use the internet to FB each other with their minute by minute update of their crisis.

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  4. There ya go – that bloody CO2 is at it again. Told ya it causes warming way beyond it’s volume would indicate. Now, it’s gonna heat up the sun so that we get burnt up.

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  5. I suggest we all pay a lot more tax, that will fix the problem. Oh, and we could also bring in a lot more Somalis, you can never have too many Somalis.

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  6. Have a listen to Leighton Smith’s latest podcast (No.33). It is an chat with Dr Tim Ball, this time on the politics of the CC scam. Really interesting even though Ball rambles a bit at times. Puts it all into perspective.

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