What would happen if a solar flare hit the Earth?
What would happen if a solar flare hit the Earth? Extreme ultraviolet light streams out of an X-class solar flare as seen in this image captured on March 29, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image blends two wavelengths of light: 304 and 171 Angstroms, which help scientists observe the lower levels of the sun's atmosphere. (NASA)
What would happen if a solar flare hit the Earth?
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You asked us. What would happen if a solar flare hit the Earth?
 
Let's be really picky about it. A solar flare can't hit the Earth. It's an eruption on the surface of the sun. But a big flare can send a solar super storm flying towards earth. It could blast us back into the days before electricity. 

It's hard to describe how much scary stuff comes out of a solar super storm. There are hot gasses moving at near light speeds. There is deadly radiation. There are insane magnetic fields. You name it.
 
We had a taste of a pretty big solar storm back in 1859. It knocked out the entire telegraph system in the U.S.  And it literally threw some of the operators out of their seats. 

Fast forward to today. We're so completely dependent on technology. That means things could get really ugly. A storm as powerful as the 1859 version will probably fry a lot of satellites. And it could take down our electrical grid. Millions of people could be without light. They be without water. They could be without fuel and sewage treatment. They could also be without fresh food and medications. This could last for months.
 
And not to mention money. Your cash machine will be useless. 

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What does the author mean by "fast forward to today?"
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COMMENTS (40)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    10/14/2015 - 10:04 p.m.

    I think that it is kind of scary though that the solar super storm is soon going to hit our planet earth soon which is going to be scary though for people because a lot of people are going to be inside their home which any electricity which is going to be bad for people who are living any thing except air.

  • mo-bla
    10/22/2015 - 11:07 a.m.

    scary

  • kylyng-cur
    11/10/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    If a solar flare hit the earth it will be bad.

  • mariav-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:04 p.m.

    It is scary The author by fast forward to today is quickl moving toward the goal start from today.

  • joshlins-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:06 p.m.

    When the author said "fast forward to today" I think they meant that since they were talking about the past it would be most appropriate to say fast forward to today or something similar if not the same.

  • isaach3-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:08 p.m.

    The author means,that we should start to protect our earth so it can be healthy

  • robertoh1-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:11 p.m.

    The author mean by fast forward to today means he was in the past and went to today from the past.

  • diegos1-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:12 p.m.

    If it hit earth it will cause a lot of dames to earth and to the world

  • amayah-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:13 p.m.

    What the author meant by saying "fast forward to today" was that he was trying to use different words to say what's happening right now.

  • arturov1-san
    1/06/2017 - 12:13 p.m.

    The author means look at today.Or he means look around and you see mostly litronics and if the solar flare hits it will be gone.He also means look what we built its elitronics whicth we could lose.

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