NASA officials and astronomers worldwide are all expressing concerns as their collective research indicates the Sun, which has been in a comparative slumber for the past 10 years, is waking up and ramping up for a Solar
Max. Already, solar storms from the current cycle has generated massive flares, which hit the Earth this month, causing it to light up spectacularly. According to NASA, this is just a precursor of a massive solar storm which is building, which has the potential to wipe out the Earth’s electrical power grid, GPS tracking systems, and communications networks. This would certainly result in worldwide chaos.
A Solar Max is a super solar storm that could hit the Earth like a bolt of lightening with the magnitude of a global hurricane or earthquake. Liken to the “Hurricane Katrina for the Earth,” as the sun enters a phase known as Solar Cycle 24, the theory claims sunspots travel through the sun on a conveyors belt which carry the magnetic fields through the sun. When they hit the surface of the sun they explode as sunspots and these weakened magnetic fields travel back through the sun’s core to recharge. This process generally happens on a roughly 40-50 year cycle, however, according to solar physicist David Hathaway, the conveyor belt began speeding up between 1986 thru 1996, creating the collection of lots more magnetic fields, which points to more intense future activity. The magnetic fields swept up during this stage should begin to reappear as big sunspots between 2010 and 2012. It has been estimated it could cause $1 to 2 trillion dollars in damage to our digitally reliant high-tech infrastructure and could take up to 10 years for us to completely recover from.
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