Jun 11, 2010
Sun Storm Makes Earth Blackout in 2013 Possible
Written under: Science
News of a solar storm coming in the next few years is making people believe that there is a possibility of an Earth blackout in 2013.
“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,” said Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division.
But what is a solar storm? Well, it is essentially the occurrence of violent eruptions in the sun which can eject destructive radiation and charged particles into space. These are closely connected to magnetic fields – which are hazardous for satellites and space stations.
In 1859, reports of a geomagnetic storm sparked by a huge solar flare swept over the Earth. This caused telegraph wires to short and houses were set on fire.
What’s scary is that scientists predict that in May 2013, the sun’s solar cycle will peak at about the same level as in 1859.
So what would happen? Will there be a massive Earth blackout in 2013? We’re thinking positive that our scientists will eventually find a way to protect our planet for this impending end of the world.