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Tenshu
2010-Jun-08, 05:33 AM
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/04jun_swef/

seems thier taking the upcoming solar storm seriously, here i thought it wasn't supposed to be a big deal but it apparently is..

Swift
2010-Jun-08, 04:48 PM
There isn't a specific "storm" coming up (the term "storm" refers to a specific event). We are entering the part of the solar cycle where storms are more common and people are just getting prepared. From the link:

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."


It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

Much of the damage can be mitigated if managers know a storm is coming. Putting satellites in 'safe mode' and disconnecting transformers can protect these assets from damaging electrical surges. Preventative action, however, requires accurate forecasting—a job that has been assigned to NOAA.

Ara Pacis
2010-Jun-10, 04:10 AM
I'd like to be a SolarStormChaser... but I need to get a rocketship.

Cougar
2010-Jun-16, 03:18 PM
I'd like to be a SolarStormChaser... but I need to get a rocketship.

...with good shielding.