According to NASA, the Sun is going through a prolonged solar minimum, a period with a minimal amount of activity. It is already known that the number of sunspots, which has recently hit an all-time low, will continue to drop regularly until a break takes place over one year, from July 2019 to September 2020. After this period passes activity will begin to increase as a new solar maximum will follow, so a massive solar storm is possible.
When the solar maximum begins, the Sun will start to release a large number of solar flares, and a massive one could reach the Earth. NASA shared a video of an intense solar flare which was released in 2011 when the last solar maximum took place. The flare was so massive that the entire Earth could be covered easily if the solar storm could’ve covered the distance between the Sun and the planet.
Massive Solar Storm Would Hit The Earth Soon With Damaging Effects On Our Planet
The flare, also called prominence by some researchers, can be sustained above the surface of the Sun by the powerful magnetic field of the start. It may last for up to one month, and in some cases it will erupt in the form of a Coronal Mass Ejection, shooting a large amount of hot gas into the solar system. The mechanisms which led to the appearance of a solar prominence remain elusive.
The main threat brought by a massive solar storm comes from the fact that the energy wave would be strong enough to compromise electronic communications across all over the world, plunging the planet into a new dark age. Internet service, satellite GPS services, and mobile phone networks will be the first to fall. It is also thought that the massive energy could influence the magnetosphere, forcing a surge of electricity in power lines and many blackouts. The average solar cycles last for 11 years. Within this timeframe, a solar maximum and a solar minimum will be reached.
Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.