High Strangeness: Duck! It's a Radiation Storm!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Duck! It's a Radiation Storm!

Is this how it will all end? And if it is, are aliens behind it?

You need to know this: Just last night at the strike of midnight UT (Universal Time), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) dynamically observed a massive solar flare that could cause all hell to break loose here on earth in a matter of hours. You're probably wondering, as I am, how NASA is able to observe the sun at midnight, but there's no time to think about that now.

The point is that a huge Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is at this very moment hurtling towards the earth, and you and I are at this very moment on that very same earth. What do we do now, NASA?

According to spaceweather.com, the CME has already caused an S3 level radiation storm that has the potential to wreak havoc on earth's orbiting satellites and garage door openers. But, more to the point, we could soon find ourselves in the middle of a raging "geomagnetic storm" the likes of which have seldom been seen outside your local cineplex (Oddly, spaceweather.com's earthly counterpart, weather.com, isn't reporting on the imminent end of life as we know it at all, preferring instead to warn people about blizzards and tornadoes and floods and such).

This is how the sun gets us to let down our guard. A few hours from now these poor saps could be piles of ashes on a beach to nowhere.

Why am I so concerned? Just watch this video freshly taken from NASA's SDO and tell me you aren't just a little freaked out by the shock waves that fan out across the sun's surface after the flare erupts. Tell me that doesn't make you gulp nervously just a little...

And it can get bad, people. When a similar CME struck the earth on September 1st, 1859, telegraph operators received electrical shocks and fires were started. Wikipedia does not make it clear whether the telegraph operators themselves caught on fire, but I consider it a distinct possibility. What if I told you that the Western Union Co. went on an unprecedented telegraph operator recruiting campaign in late September, 1859? I might be making that up, but do you want to take the risk?

I just watched the SDO video again, and I could swear that right at the beginning I can see an invisible UFO crashing into the surface of the sun and setting the whole thing off. I might be making that up, too, but, again, do you want to take the risk?

UPDATE:

According to the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an S3 radiation storm packs enough ionic punch to cause the following glitches in satellite operations: "single-event upsets, noise in imaging systems, and slight reduction of efficiency in solar panel are likely." 

Um, someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but if the United States has satellites in orbit around the earth with the specific purpose of watching for an alien invasion, then wouldn't a few minutes of "noise in imaging systems" be just enough for an alien armada to slip past undetected?




 

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