In under a decade, astronomers at NASA believe there is a realistic chance that an event happens on the sun that could send us into the dark ages.
Every second, subatomic particles shoot from the core of the sun at over 1 million MPH in the form of solar wind. Due to the earth’s magnetic field, most of these winds are deflected, however, much like a bubbling volcano, it will eventually erupt.
If a solar wind erupts that is strong enough, it will fry our entire communications network, knocking out all communications for days, weeks, or even months. This would be a catastrophe of biblical proportions.
In 1989, some communications were knocked out in Quebec, Canada during a mild event of the kind.
So the White House and NASA are now teaming up and monitoring the Sun around the clock to see if they can see patterns that may suggest an event occurring.
Additionally contingency plans have also been put into place in case of an attack. The NOAA Space Observation center has also launched a satellite that will give earth 15 to 60 minutes of warning before the strike.
From Business Insider:
To our electronic way of life, the sun is a formidable foe, and the White House is taking protective action against it.
On October 29, the White House’s National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.
Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a recipe for disaster.
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