Officials from the White House National Science and Technology Council are preparing for a grim scenario in the nearby future. A mammoth solar flare will hit Earth somewhere in the next decade.
The scenario states that Earth will be bombarded by a massive wave of solar radiation, destroying vital communication satellites and spacecraft. NOAA declared that this phenomenon is not unusual. Each day Earth is being bombarded with subatomic particles emanating from the Sun. But we are protected by the magnetic field that surrounds our planet. This field is capable of filtering out solar radiation capable of harming both life and technology.
Although these solar emissions are quite frequent, researchers from NOAA cautioned us that the flares are building up in strength. This in term will lead to the formation of a massive solar wave that is capable of sweeping everything in its path. Estimates placed Earth’s risk of being hit by a solar wave at 12 percent in the next decade. The outcome of this cosmic event will prove to be disastrous for global economy. We are looking at damages estimated at 2 trillion dollars.
In order to explain how this works, Thomas Berger, the director of NOAA used the analogy between the sun and a volcano. He said that both of them are prone to massive eruptions. The exact frequency of these eruptions cannot be predicted with certainty, but we have systems capable of delivering an early warning.
There are no known ways of actually stopping a solar wave front. All we can do now is build a sophisticated system capable of warning us about imminent mammoth solar flare. When the system give the sign, vital electronic systems will be shut down to prevent irreparable damage.
As part of their plan of protection against solar flares, NOAA plans to make some radical changes in their satellite inventory. And so, the old satellite placed in proximity to the Sun, which is similar to a tsunami buoy, will be replaced with a more powerful surveillance system. The Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite will be used to keep tabs on the Sun’s solar activity. If the satellite detects any sudden energy surges, a general distress signal will travel back to Earth in one hour. The satellite is able to relay the signal using carrier waves that are able to travel from the buoy to the Earth with the speed of light.
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