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Are you concerned about today's solar flare?

Asked by Sunny2 (18691 points ) July 12th, 2012

A very large solar flare happened today. The reaction to it here on earth won’t be known for a day or two. I haven’t read any suggestions for what may happen. It scares me a little because I don’t know the feasible possibilities. I’m thinking of going to bed until whatever happens, happens.

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Blackberry's avatar

Solar activity isn’t worth worrying about. You literally can’t do anything about it. People used to worship that thing, and rightly so. We are at its whim, so don’t question your creator.

Rarebear's avatar

All hail the Sun God Ra!

JLeslie's avatar

I didn’t know it was happening. A little extra radiation for all of us I guess. I doubt anything noticeable will happen.

Coloma's avatar

Does this mean I can spend my life savings with abandon starting now.?
Hey, I kinda hope so. lolol
Well it is 2012 and yes, even the sun will die. ;-)

Ponderer983's avatar

Dude it’s OK! We have until December until we are wiped out ;)

augustlan's avatar

I wasn’t even aware of it. Now I might worry… thanks. ;)

Honestly, though, @Blackberry has a very good point. There is literally nothing we can do about whatever may happen, so try not to worry over-much.

ucme's avatar

No, flares went out in the seventies.

JLeslie's avatar

@ucme What do mean? Solar flares happen quite often.

gailcalled's avatar

@JLeslie; Bell-bottom trousers.

“Original post, from 2:30 p.m.: A massive sunspot region facing Earth – known as 1520 – has unleashed a large solar flare. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center says the flare is rated an X1.4. This type of flare is considered “strong” and can cause a blackout of high frequency radio communication on the sunlit side of Earth for one to two hours.

It is not yet known whether the flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) – an outburst of particles that can trigger a geomagnetic storm on Earth and damage the electrical grid.” Source

Coloma's avatar

@gailcalled Yes, I read that same article last night. My power did fritz out yesterday, but, it could also have just been from this bloody heat wave we’re having out west.

gailcalled's avatar

I have so many mini outages here that I no longer attribute them to anything.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh. Hahahahahaha.

SpatzieLover's avatar

HOORAY! It just rained for about 5 minutes here. I’ll blame the flares for this phenomenom. It hasn’t rained in AGES here ;)

Nullo's avatar

Not terribly. Rumor has it that we’ll get some aurora borealis visible north of the city; I’d like to go, but don’t know if it’ll work with work.

As for actual impact, I don’t expect more than a bit of a spike in the usual radiation. Then again, this may disrupt all electronics in the region, and we’ll get to see how good we are at surviving in the ensuing mayhem.

JLeslie's avatar

I heard some GPS systems were messed up from the flare, not sure of the accuracy of that statement though. Did anyone else hear any reports?

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