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icehky06's avatar

Is there a solar storm coming to earth?

Asked by icehky06 (891points) April 21st, 2009

I got an e-mail telling me a massive solar storm could be catastrophic for the United States and other countries. Is this true information? Is it really going to happen?

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DrBill's avatar

Friday, April 13, 2029

asmonet's avatar

You’re right. The sun is pretty pissed off with the US in particular.

kenmc's avatar

Never believe chain emails.

DrBill's avatar

I don’t know about the chain mail you got, but Friday, April 13, 2029 is documented. A huge meteor is on its way.

If it follows its current trajectory it will pass between the earth and our satellites. That’s close enough to cause damage if it misses us, and traumatic damage if it makes contact.

kenmc's avatar

@DrBill That really doesn’t have much to do with the question at hand, though.

DrBill's avatar

@boots

The debris it brings with it will constitute a severe solar storm.

icehky06's avatar

Either way that’s pretty ironic that if it did happen or if its going to it will happen on Friday the 13th

kenmc's avatar

@DrBill Fair enough. Do you have an article handy?

DrBill's avatar

I hope to be here, I celebrate every Friday the 13th

DrBill's avatar

Sure I do right here

kenmc's avatar

Thank you both.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, a solar storm is on it’s way, again. It could be worse than the one we had 50 years ago, or maybe even worse than the one we had 20 years ago, because we are more dependent on electricity and the solar storm interferes with electricity.

This is not the first, nor the worst. It just sells news.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

Some day. It’s inevitable. We can try to predict it, but it’s hard to predict nature.

Bluefreedom's avatar

If we build a lot of solar panels right now, we can capitalize on all that extra energy we can expect to get from the impending solar storm. This is all dependent on if it really happens even though I don’t know if it will.

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