Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Space weather and our coming electroinc nightmare.

Space storms could not knock out National Grid and Sat Navs - Telegraph
The weather in space has been through an unprecedented calm period in the last century but the researchers believe we could be entering a more volatile period.

The reason is that the Sun has dimmed to its lowest activity level in nearly 150 years – a phenomenon that usually precedes huge space storms.

The last really big solar "super flare" – in 1859 – knocked out telegrams and ship's compasses and covered two-thirds of the Earth in a blood red aurora.

Now a team of British scientists at Lancaster University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh have developed a new model that shows the widespread impact inclement space weather could have on the UK.

This is not just a problem for the UK it is a problem for anyone anywhere that relies on electronics.

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