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Old 07-14-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Well it's awake, the Sun has finally shown some signs of activity, it has been very very quiet over the last few years, very little to no Sun spot activity over the past 5 years to speak of, then today POP a solar flare has been detected by the GOES 13 satellite, (see link below) not a big one but a flare just the same.

In the link below you will see the activity, now why this news is this important?

Well a big enough solar flare can knock out almost all satellites in orbit, and all forms of ground communication, if you look at the graph in the link you will see a dotted line if the green plot goes above that line up two lines above it we could be in trouble. (I would have made the bad one the red plot)

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/goes-proton-flux

In the past we have been very lucky, the last big one just missed us back in July of 2012, but back in September of 1859 we were not so lucky, back then we didn't have anything electronic to worry about, all that was around were telegraph stations, but the flare was so large that most telegraph stations were knocked out for a time, some operators even saw sparks jumping off the equipment.

Had that big a flare happened today you would not be reading about it on your computer, laptop, Ipad, HDTV set or cell phone as it would all be a pile of junk, (so would everything else with an IC chip in it) and all forms of communication would be down, and also possibly the world wide power grid.

One of the first web sites I look at in the morning is the GOES 13 plot, this will tell me if I need to get the lead underwear out. (not to worried about it now, too old for any young kids to be running around)
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This one of the news that really captured my interest these past weeks. I hope we could get more updates soon and it had not caused damages in out planetary system.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:02 PM   #3
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Just go to the link in my first post, this will tell you if you need to get the lead underwear out.

The Sun has been very quiet the last few months, so it looks to have gone back off the boil........For now.
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