An absolutely massive hole has formed in the upper atmosphere of the Sun,and our planet will align with that hole later this week.Once the alignment happens,Earth will be bombarded by a"solar storm",and nobody is quite sure yet how bad it will be.If the storm is relatively minor,we could just experience a few disruptions to satellite communications and see some pretty lights in the sky.But if the storm is really severe,our electrical grid could be fried and we could experience widespread power outages.According to the Express,"the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or August 1″…
Earth's orbit around the Sun will soon align with a coronal hole–a hole in the Sun's upper atmosphere–and solar particles will subsequently bombard the planet after they have made their way through space.Experts predict that the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or August 1.People in the northern hemisphere are likely to be treated to northern lights–or aurora borealis–as the solar winds bombard the upper reaches of the planet.
Of course North America is in the northern hemisphere,and so we could be in for a direct hit.
Since our satellites are outside our atmosphere,they are the most vulnerable during a solar storm.If some of our satellites get fried,that could affect GPS navigation,cell phone communication,and satellite television services…
因为我们的卫星在大气层之外，所以它们在太阳风暴中是最脆弱的。如果我们的一些卫星被烧毁，可能会影响 GPS 导航、手机通信和卫星电视服务.....。
For the most part,the Earth's magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation,but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.
Solar winds can heat the Earth's outer atmosphere,causing it to expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit,potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation,mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
这可能会影响在轨卫星，可能导致缺乏 GPS 导航，手机信号和卫星电视，如天空。
But if the storm is powerful enough,electronic devices all over the country could be damaged and our power grid could potentially be disabled.According to astrophysicist Scott McIntosh,a really bad solar storm could potentially even cause some of our major cities to be without power for months…
McIntosh winces at the thought of what a massive storm might do:"Could you imagine DC or New York City being without power for six months,or eight months a year because of a solar event that they didn't forecast well?"
So let us hope that this solar storm turns out to be relatively minor,because the potential for a catastrophic event is certainly there.
And our planet has definitely experienced very serious solar storms in recent history.For example,just check out what happened in August 1972…
On August 4,an aurora shone so luminously that shadows were cast was seen from the southern coast of the United Kingdom and shortly later as far south as Bilbao,Spain at magnetic latitude46°. Extending to August 5,intense geomagnetic storming continued with bright red(a relatively rare color associated with extreme events)and fast-moving aurora visible at midday from dark regions of the Southern Hemisphere.
Radio frequency(RF)effects were rapid and intense.Blackouts commenced nearly instantaneously on the sunlit side of Earth on HF and other vulnerable bands.A nighttime mid-latitude E layer developed.
射频(RF)效应迅速而强烈。在高频和其他脆弱波段，停电几乎是在地球被阳光照射的一侧瞬间开始的。夜间中纬度 e 层发育。
Geomagnetically induced currents(GICs)were generated and produced significant electrical griddisturbances throughout Canada and across much of eastern and central United States,with strong anomalies reported as far south as Maryland and Ohio,moderate anomalies in Tennessee,and weak anomalies in Alabama and north Texas.The voltage collapse of 64%on the North Dakota to Manitoba interconnection would have been sufficient to cause a system breakup if occurring during high export conditions on the line,which would have precipitated a large power outage.
If such an event happens this time,there will almost certainly be significant power outages.
In 1859,a much more serious solar storm hit our planet,and it fried telegraph systems all across North America…
On September 1–2,1859,one of the largest recorded geomagnetic storms(as recorded by ground-based magnetometers)occurred.Auroras were seen around the world,those in the northern hemisphere as far south as the Caribbean;those over the Rocky Mountains in the U.S.were so bright that the glow woke gold miners,who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People in the northeastern United States could read a newspaper by the aurora's light. The aurora was visible from the poles to the low latitude area,such as south-central Mexico,Queensland,Cuba,Hawaii, southern Japan and China, and even at lower latitudes very close to the equator,such as in Colombia. Estimates of the storm strength range from−800 nT to−1750 nT.
1859年9月1日至2日，有记录以来最大的地磁暴之一(地面磁力计记录)发生了。世界各地都可以看到极光，那些生活在南至加勒比北半球的极光;那些生活在美国落基山脉上空的极光是如此明亮，以至于金矿工人被光亮惊醒了，他们开始准备早餐，因为他们以为已经是早上了。美国东北部的人们可以在极光的照射下阅读报纸。从两极到低纬度地区，如墨西哥中南部、昆士兰、古巴、夏威夷、日本南部和中国，甚至在非常靠近赤道的低纬度地区，如哥伦比亚，都可以看到极光。风暴强度估计在-800 nT 到-1750 nT 之间。
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed,in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. Telegraph pylons threw sparks. Some telegraph operators could continue to send and receive messages despite having disconnected their power supplies.
At that time,we hardly possessed any technology that was capable of being affected by a solar storm.
If a similar event happens this week,the damage will be absolutely cataclysmic.
As I was researching this article,I also discovered this solar storm will hit us at the time of the"Black Supermoon"…
According to Farmer's Almanac,some people call the second moon in a single month a Black Moon—this is the definition that's used most often,and the one that applies to the full moon happening on July 31st.The term has also been used where no new moon occurs in a month,which only happens every 5 to 10 years in the month of February.
This particular moon on July 31st is called a Black Supermoon because it will be near its closest point to Earth.
I don't know if the fact these two events are happening so close to one another has any significance,but I did find it to be interesting.
We live in very unusual times,and our world is getting stranger every day.Global events are beginning to accelerate,and many of us feel like all sorts of craziness could start breaking loose at any moment.
Scientists tell us it is just a matter of time before another solar storm of the magnitude which North America experienced in 1859 hits our planet again.
At this point we are completely and totally unprepared for such a storm,and so let us hope the solar storm which will hit us this week is not of that variety.
About the author:Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer,media personality and political activist.He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now,The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog,End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.From there,his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.If you would like to republish his articles,please feel free to do so.The more people that see this information the better,and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.
Michael Snyder is the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog,The American Dream Blog and The Truth.You can follow him on Twitter right here.
迈克尔·斯奈德是《经济崩溃博客》、《美国梦博客》和《真相》的出版人。你可以在 Twitter 上关注他。