Sun set for solar blast, but NOAA is ready
The NOAA says it's prepared for solar flares on the sun.
February 17th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Sun set for solar blast, but NOAA is ready

It sounds like a Michael Bay movie - explosions on the sun affecting power grids, airlines, satellites.

But it's real, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's about to happen, but it's highly unlikely to cause harm.

Tiny eruptions on the sun called solar flares (a more detailed description here from the BBC) have been happening for a few days, according to the NOAA. The activity signals that the sun, which is relatively quiet, is waking up, doing what one might call more vigorous stretching than it has done in about four years.

The flares could result in a dazzling show of Northern Lights. However, more serious consequences are described in a NOAA release. The flares "can blast Earth with magnetic events that can damage the electrical grid and temporarily damage radio and satellite telecommunications."

"We want people to know this is not, like, the mother of all events," said Joseph Kunches, a space scientist at the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. "What it means for the airlines is that they will adjust their routes, they know this is happening. Power grid operators have back-up plans, and they know what's happening."

NOAA has been in close communication with all aspects of industry that could be affected, he said.

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  1. Aditya

    When the sun blast the blackhole formed in which the all planet get destoryed

    June 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andy Harglesis

    I am God.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. bryan frauens sr.

    GOD and the bible are stories that were given to us when the human species came of age, archives of history, given to us by our ancestors after the seeding of this planet, many thousands of years ago. what small minds could possiably believe evolution could exist without GOD. We as humanbeings will wipe ourselves out unless we realize we have evolved becouse of our belief in GOD, weather the name be jesus,mohommad,budda; they all translate to mean PEACE.

    June 12, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. LMBO we were monkeys and before that microscopic organisms....This is a much better story. .lmbo

    September 27, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. cruz

    i quess that what ever it takes about this world is that we all see whats happening in outer space we all dont know what to expect we cant say when,where,or time it might happen but the only thing is thatt we all have to be prepared for the worse if it happens we all know that we have to face it cause we cant survive for something serious is going to happen the only way that knows what will happen is god... we cant say its the end of the world but we have to live as much as we can maybe things wont be easy but who knows the only thing i have in mind is we all have to be ready to face the end of time gbless all of us and lets all be with our families as much as we can..... god bless.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
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