Scientists have warned that society as we know it, may be greatly disrupted by an intense solar flare predicted for 2013. A solar flare is a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun’s surface caused by a huge explosion on the surface of the sun.
A Solar Flare could hit the Earth like a lightening bolt and knock out all electrical and navigational equipment in key parts of the World or even a complete shutdown across the globe.
Solar FlareScientists believe it could damage everything from aircraft and ground controls, emergency services’ systems, emergency hospital equipment, banks and traffic controls, through to everyday items that we all take for granted such as home computers, tvs and the driver’s friend – the Sat Nav. Power grids could overheat and bring counties to thier knees whilst electronic items, navigation devices and even satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power sometimein 2013.
The effect of such a ‘storm’ could be felt for days, weeks or even months as we try to bring the World back on line with electricity, communications and vital services. The entire World relies on electricity and satelites for it’s day to day life and to suddenly be thrown into the dark ages will be a major disaster for anyone effected by the solar flare.
It is beleived that such a phenomenon occurs only once about every 100 years. A once in a lifetime space storm is forecast to stretch from late 2012 into 2013 when the sun’s 22 year magnetic energy cycle coincides with its 11-year peak in superpowered sun spot activity.
The last time a huge flare effected the earth was in 1859, when is it said that a large proportion of the sky was covered in a bright red haze.
According to a report published in December 2008, NASA’s THEMIS space craft discovered a hole in earth’s magnetic field which is 10 times as large as previously thought by scientists. The magnetosphere, is designed to protect the planet from the plasma of solar flares, but now it has a hole in it four time the size of the earth.
According to the NASA report, “Northern IMF events don’t actually trigger geomagnetic storms. A loaded magnetosphere is primed for auroras, power outages, and other disturbances that can result when, say, a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits.”
But was all this chaos predicted generations ago in a Mayan prophecy? They predicted the end of the World or the end of the Earth as we know it for 2012. Maybe, they were slightly out out on thier predictions ?
The peak of the solar maximum will not occur until sometime in 2013, and such a huge solar storm would not normally occur until shortly after the peak of surface activity.
The only saving grace is that a solar flare would not destroy the Earth – the Planet would still continue, but how would human-kind manage without power and communications and the Internet ?