Using complex computer modeling to mimic what happens to magnetic fields when they encounter turbulence within a solar flare
, the researchers built their case, explaining why the usual rule did not apply.
12, a solar flare
resulted in spectacular displays in the skies of Scotland, Ireland and some parts of northern England.
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London, Aug 02 ( ANI ): Scientists have recently revealed that Earth might not be able to avoid a solar flare
, like it did in 2012, and it could leave the planet with devastating consequences.
To do that required knowledge of the magnetic field direction in the solar flare
, provided by NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), and radio images at two frequencies from Japan's Nobeyama Radioheliograph.
An X-class solar flare
is the strongest type of solar flare
, but the series of eruptions earlier this year weren't directly facing Earth.
National Academy of Sciences reported that, due to the increase in vulnerable infrastructure, if we saw a repeat of a 1921 event in which a large solar flare
caused telegraph fires, it could cost the United States alone $2 trillion in the first four years, with recovery taking as long as a decade.
PACKING a punch equal to a hundred million hydrogen bombs, a massive solar flare
erupts from the surface of the sun.
NASA warns these interconnected networks can be energized by a solar flare
, causing "an avalanche of blackouts carried across continents [that] .
Worst-case scenario: all of the nation's electrical grids collapse under the strain of a large solar flare
Eventually the energy stored in the magnetic field is released in a solar flare
as the magnetic field settles back into a lower energy state.
Summary: An unusual solar flare
observed by a Nasa space observatory could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth.