Bigger things to worry about than global warming: Scientists say a destructive solar blast narrowly missed Earth in 2012

Phineas Fahrquar:

As Maxwell Smart would have said, “Missed us by *that* much!”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Video follows of the July 23rd, 2012 Coronal Mass Ejection, said to be the fastest ever

From UC BERKELEY — Earth dodged a huge magnetic bullet from the sun on July 23, 2012.

According to University of California, Berkeley, and Chinese researchers, a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections — the most intense eruptions on the sun — sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through Earth’s orbit. Had the eruption come nine days earlier, when the ignition spot on the solar surface was aimed at Earth, it would have hit the planet, potentially wreaking havoc with the electrical grid, disabling satellites and GPS, and disrupting our increasingly electronic lives.

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2 Responses to Bigger things to worry about than global warming: Scientists say a destructive solar blast narrowly missed Earth in 2012

  1. Karol Kibbie says:

    And of course it is anthropogenic.

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