Fwd: 1859's "Great Auroral Storm"—the week the Sun touched the earth

Discussion in 'Global Navigation Satellite Systems' started by Sam Wormley, May 3, 2012.

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    Sam Wormley, May 3, 2012
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    NOVA last week was on the sun and predominantly about sun spots, CME's,
    etc. Per the sun forecasters an event such as 1859 is not an "if" but a
    "when".

    The main fear they have is that electric transformers world wide would
    be destroyed. Electric co's do not have replacements lying around and
    the larger transformers would take years to replace across a large system.
     
    Alan Browne, May 3, 2012
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  3. Hmm, interesting.
    I'm also worried about satellites getting fried... especially navstar
     
    Vincent van der Laan, May 3, 2012
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    This is one reason why I don't understand why we have above ground power lines.
    I see no reason why they shouldn't be under ground.
     
    Phantom, May 4, 2012
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    It would take a storm 1/10th power to temporarily or permanently affect
    satellite nav systems temporarily to permanently.

    If the electrical grid is as damaged as could be, satellite will be the
    least of your worries.
     
    Alan Browne, May 4, 2012
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