Although any flares would not be fully Earth directed, AR1785 still harbors the energy for X-Class flares. For the 5th day NOAA estimates the chances of an M-Class flare to be 55% and an X-Class 10% over the next 24 hours.
Todays sunspot number is 76, once again quite low considering we are heading for the solar maximum of cycle 24.
It’s inevitable that at some point we will face another flare similar to the Carrington Event of 1859.
We can’t estimate the problems such an event would cause today with our technologically advanced society, lest to say, it would be a total disaster. Damage to the grid and electrical infrastructure alone would cause mass blackouts for an indeterminate amount of time due to the problems of getting new transformers…and then getting them to where they are needed.
Education, which relies heavily on computers and their software, would revert to the paper and pencil days of times gone by.
Medical equipment would cease to function once the 72 hour back up generators failed.
Life as we know it would stop in it’s tracks. For more than a hundred years the sunspots that form so far away have not unleashed their power. We escaped again this time but you have to ask yourself, how much longer before the big one?
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