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A leading expert has revealed that the end of the world may be triggered by a catastrophic solar storm that future scientists may have little time to warn about..
Among the various doomsday threats facing Earth from space, solar storms are not high on the agenda for most people. However, these high-energy emissions from the sun have the potential to wreak havoc. Earth is rarely affected by it, but its devastating impact can be seen throughout the solar system, so scientists are now searching more for it..
Astrophysicist Dr. Michael Thaler told BigThink: “Exactly where these high-energy particles come from and how they accelerate away from the sun is what we’re studying. When I say high-energy particles, I’m talking about electrons and protons – sometimes the size of a helium nucleus. They are exploding across our solar system at a speed of a million miles per hour. And there’s the high-energy wind that changes planets – it’s responsible for Mars losing its atmosphere over time“.
Solar storms are responsible for “Mars losing its atmosphere” and “Venus turning into this infernal thing,” Thaler explained.
But she added: “The only reason the Earth is not affected by it that much is because we have a very strong magnetic field. The molten metal core moving inside the Earth creates a magnetic bubble. This protects us from the solar wind.“.
“We have an early warning system to see if something dangerous is coming from the sun,” Thaler continued. “We probably have about a day’s notice. Solar winds usually don’t pose a great danger to us, but like the weather – sometimes there are big thunderstorms. In the case of the Sun, it sometimes has very chaotic storms – in one moment trillions of tons of fast-moving, charged material can head to Earth.The biggest danger of these things to us is that when they hit the Earth’s field they can wipe out our electricity grids.“.
In the past 200 years, astronomers have recorded two solar storms responsible for global upheaval. The largest of these two events was the so-called Carrington event of 1859.
After a powerful solar storm hit the planet, the resulting storm caused telegraph wires to shine and burn across North America and Europe..
Today, an event on the scale of Carrington is likely to cause the Internet to collapse, and the GPS satellites to shut down (GPS), causing a global power outage – and the bad news is that one of these storms came dangerously close in 2012.
Physicists examined the solar storm, and in 2014 compiled a grim report on the damage it might have caused to Earth’s infrastructure..
According to their report, the total economic impact of the storm could have exceeded 1.45 trillion pounds ($2 trillion).
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