The New York Post, and a few other news outlets, are now running the story that the solar flare that occurred in July 2012 (pictured below) almost took us back to the Stone Age. Maybe it would have, maybe it wouldn’t have. Either way, what I said on September 17, 2012 still applies.
And try as we might, it’s completely beyond our control…
Smart folks explain,
Have a look, All we can do is watch, record, and be amazed. In other news, we’re dumb as a bag of hammers, and can’t discover the source of the other Global Climate Change we actually might be able to control (slightly) and influence (wisely). Stupid is, as stupid does. It all reminds me of something Sting and the boys sang about, back in the day.
What’s happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual — it just threw a filament. At the end of last month, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun’s ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth’s magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae. Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the ultraviolet image. If you missed this auroral display please do not despair — over the next two years our Sun will be experiencing a solar maximum of activity which promises to produce more CMEs that induce more Earthly auroras.
I’ve got a thing for the Sun, you say? Correct!