joi, 15 septembrie 2011

A massive solar storm could keep us grounded on Earth for a decade

- It's decently likely that, sometime in the future, a major solar storm will hit Earth, wreaking havoc on our infrastructure and crippling our satellites. But there's a more long-term danger: space could become too dangerously radioactive to stay there. Full story:

* Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flares in One-Two Punch... NASA to Discuss Solar Storm Tracking Efforts Thursday...Are We Prepared for a Catastrophic Solar Storm?...'Controlled' power cuts likely as Sun storm threatens national grid...US official: solar storms expected to peak in 2013 with potentially devastating effect...THERE'S A HOLE IN THE SUN!...Solar flares could paralyse Britain's power and communications, Liam Fox says...Discovery ( Aug 25, 2010): IS THE SUN EMITTING A MYSTERY PARTICLE?...LiveScience(29 July 2010): Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray Pattern... National Geographic (November 19, 2008): "High-energy electrons captured over Antarctica could reveal the presence of a nearby but MYSTERIOUS ASTROPHYSICAL OBJECT that's bombarding Earth with cosmic rays: