Thursday, March 25, 2010

Solar Superstorm

Solar Superstorm: "Solar Superstorm"  Click link for full story at NASA site.

  This is part of an article on NASAs website and there is a reason I link to it.  Will talk more about this over the next few days.  Thanks for having a look.

Scientists are beginning to understand a historic solar storm in 1859. One day, they say, it could happen again.

October 23, 2003: Newly uncovered scientific data of recorded history's most massive space storm is helping a NASA scientist investigate its intensity and the probability that what occurred on Earth and in the heavens almost a century-and-a-half ago could happen again.
In scientific circles where solar flares, magnetic storms and other unique solar events are discussed, the occurrences of September 1-2, 1859, are the star stuff of legend. Even 144 years ago, many of Earth's inhabitants realized something momentous had just occurred. Within hours, telegraph wires in both the United States and Europe spontaneously shorted out, causing numerous fires, while the Northern Lights, solar-induced phenomena more closely associated with regions near Earth's North Pole, were documented as far south as Rome, Havana and Hawaii, with similar effects at the South Pole."

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