Huge Solar Flare!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Daffodil, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Daffodil macrumors 6502

    Daffodil

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2011
    Location:
    In a sunny state of mind
    #1
    Apparently there was a huge solar flare this morning, check out the awesome video!

    Link: http://www.universetoday.com/86356/monster-prominence-erupts-from-sun/
     
  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    #2
    OMG! We're going to die!

    Somebody had to say it.... :D
     
  3. kppolich macrumors 6502

    kppolich

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    Iowa
    #3
    glad to hear it isn't going to affect our weather here on planet earth.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

    jav6454

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #4
    Oh but it does! You just don't directly see it.

    The electrical grid becomes overcharged, & the northern lights pop up. All of this temporary.
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

    iJohnHenry

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    On tenterhooks
    #5
    If this was directed energy, right at us, the results might be less than stellar. :)
     
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    #6
    You've certainly enlightened us, eh? :)
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

    jav6454

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #7
    It was a Medium sized flare, so obviously we as civilians didn't see squat, but I bet many foremen and engineers did do preparations at corresponding substations, generating stations and distribution centers in case of power spikes.
     
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

    iJohnHenry

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    On tenterhooks
    #8
    Please yourself, but I enjoyed the word-play on "stellar". :D
     
  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    #9
    I did too, that's why there was a twinkle in my comment.....
     
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

    iJohnHenry

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    On tenterhooks
    #10
    :eek: Star light, star bright. <whoops>
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

    OutThere

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Location:
    NYC
    #11
    I was just reading about the damage that a once-in-a-hundred-years CME could wreak on our electrical grid...millions of people without power, major transformers down for months or years, fun stuff. July 2013 will be the peak of the solar activity cycle.
     
  12. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030

    SactoGuy18

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA USA
    #12
    I wouldn't be surprised that the power grids around the world impose a mandatory blackout in certain periods to "isolate" the grids in case we have a solar max like what happened around 1859. That way, the damage to the power grid will be minimal.
     
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    #13
    it would be absolutely crazy if it happens. and terrifying.

    also i can't help but think of Escape from L.A.
     
  14. bartelby macrumors Core

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    #14
    You mean it's going to be as terrifying as having to watch that film?
    :eek:
     
  15. OutThere macrumors 603

    OutThere

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Location:
    NYC
    #15
    There wasn't much of a grid in 1859, but I understand that the solar event was enough to set telegraph machines on fire and shock the operators. :eek: Concerning when faced with the vastness and ubiquity of our electrical grid and devices today.
     
  16. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Location:
    Hogtown
    #16
    I find these Mega Flares interesting ... as you say, back in 1859 there was nothing really that could be affected by a huge Solar Flare.

    Apparently they happen every 150 years or so ... this next one could have an impact.
     
  17. FX120 macrumors 65816

    FX120

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    #17
    That's why I've got lots of guns, thousands of rounds of ammo, and at least a years supply of SPAM...

    :cool:
     
  18. wordoflife macrumors 604

    wordoflife

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2009
    #18
    Oh please not then, I'll be needing my air conditioner! :eek:
     
  19. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Location:
    Florida, U.S.A.
    #19
    You can make one that's steam powered. It will be kind of big, but very 'cool'.
     
  20. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    #20
    Oh great. Live through the apocalypse, die by Spam. :)
     

Share This Page