A solar storm brewing

Solar Flare and Coronal Mass Ejection 2010-02-...

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The weather out there is frightening and there is a solar storm brewing.

Solar blasts and flares known as coronal mass ejections are sending charged particles earthward are causing havoc to the weather in the solar system. It makes a tornado look like a family picnic.

These solar charged particles can effect GPS systems by giving you wrong directions or they may not work at all. It can also effect communication devices. A solar storm happens every 11 years as the number of spots on the sun peak with maximium solar activity.

Hydro lines may also be effected.  Look what happened in Quebec in 1989 at a previous solar storm. Millions were left without power for days.

If you’re lucky, you might see the northern lights or the aurora borealis normally only seen at higher altitudes. Northern lights are created when charged particles react with the Earth’s magnetic field and there is a dance of lights. During the last storm the dance of red lights could be seen in Florida.

Here’s a link to a recent photo from someone who saw the northern lights as far south as Falls City, Nebraska, complements of space weather, which is a good source of solar information on the web.

http://www.spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Jerry-D.-Chab-IMG_1387a_1312604411.jpg

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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One Response to A solar storm brewing

  1. Etta says:

    Outstanding post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

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