# Anyone concerned about solar flares/storms?

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by wegs, Mar 2, 2021.

1. ### wegsMatter & Pixie DustValued Senior Member

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So, I've been reading about solar flares and how they could take out power networks and cause extensive damage.

Would a solar flare be a catalyst for wide spread cancer? (due to the radiation) Could we stand a chance to protect ourselves, if we had enough advance warning from NASA? So often, money is spent after disasters strike, what could we do now to prevent a complete black out, should something like this occur?

The sun seems so quiet and peaceful, until it spews radiation in random directions and causes havoc. Guess this is my new favorite anxiety thought.

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3. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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I think the magnetosphere would take care of the problem for those on Earth. If you are on a space ship it's a potential problem.

5. ### billvonValued Senior Member

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Nope. No significant increase in radiation for us. You'd get more radiation flying across the country.

Loss of our electrical and communication systems, though, could kill tens of thousands. If a Carrington event occurred today it would be a disaster.
Stockpile large grid scale transformers. Harden substations, transmission lines and powerplants. Harden communications equipment. Invest in grid resiliency (a big topic nowadays.) Enable more islanding by local utilities. Have backup communications methods in place (radio, line-of-sight optical, fiber.)

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7. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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lol
in a user pays society ?

they had their chance they failed
the dye is cast

sounds like your trying to validate spending working class taxes on
"rich peoples problems"
'''''rich people committee meetings'''''
with no outcomes except some stern words of warning lol !

followed by a money scramble to rich people with working class tax income as corporate elitist rich people only, free money

hows that working in texas ?

are the Texan citizens getting their money back from the corporate's ?
never !

there is a lot of reading for you to do

basic areas are
climate change
solar cycles/ solar weather
cancer
biological impact
infrastructure impact

nasa is hated by most republicans, they consider nasa to be a socialist organization & the religious political people think nasa is a bunch of heathen evil witches defying gods will & trying to damn the human species into hellfire
(& they all share the same political party{republican}
(hows that for interesting)[just throwing that reality out there for you to think about]

you choose your words very carefully
but in paying lip service to the liberal extremist ideology you define radiation as being "not a cause of cancer"
which is inherently scientifically incorrect
the radiation causes the mutation thus it causes cancer

is that a show stopper ?

the royal "we" of american society is = to absolutely nothing
because the average american doesn't care
however, possibly to their own worst advice, science has sought to invest & find possible ways to reduce the end of modern civilization as most know it.
the advanced warning is approximately 24 to 48 hours currently & has not been standardized inside national infrastructure networks because of the amount of psychos who are in leadership positions

that Texan mother whos struggling to pay for the funeral of her dead 11 year old child who froze to death in the electricity black outs probably doesn't share some peoples selective privileged rose tinted view of real world consequences

https://abcnews.go.com/US/family-11-year-boy-died-texas-deep-freeze/story?id=76030082

. . . . . . wegs . . . . . .

dont take my tone personally
its a culture issue with Americans
they simply don't care about people its always profit before people

but listen to the comment
"100 million is too much for an 11 year old boy"
if the money is not large enough to make them really hurt, then it is not punishment
and they need to be punished to deliver justice

these companys are the people who need to be doing the changing
• (they own & control it)
so how do americans force them to change ?
this 100 million dollar law suit being won by the mother would be a good start

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8. ### billvonValued Senior Member

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Well, you have two entities who want them:
1) Utilities
2) People

So here's what you do. You create DR (demand response) companies. They sell you controllable outlets, controllable thermostats and battery systems for some amount of $$. The utility/state subsidizes these more or less depending on how well their grid is doing. Then when the utility is about to run out of power, they send a signal to the DR company. The DR company sends a signal to your devices and changes your thermostat, shuts off your hot water heater, refrigerator, EV charger and/or starts up your battery to discharge to the grid. Blackout averted! The utility pays the DR company for the service they provided preventing a blackout, they pay you. Everyone is happy. You keep your lights on, you get a few$$ from the DR company - and you only had to "suffer" through your thermostat being set four degrees higher for an hour.
Nope. The Texas blackouts were very much a poor person's problem.

9. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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when you desire to understand & learn, you must first stop speaking then become silent, then learn to listen, then learn to understand.
at the moment your just continuing to speak

intellectually your just shouting & pointing

your trying to tell me how economics works when the American economic system is fake mixed market leveraged by user pays hyper capitalism bankrupted by socialist tax funding

so you fake general hand wave intimating that some magic solution has suddenly re defined that reality by trying to
"tell me like it is"
is just annoying as equally as irrelevant
you need to change the person making all the decisions to get better quality decisions

your direct approach is to avoid this basic compulsory process
because your giving heir to classicism ?
you tell me
you tell me
why not change the system(people and company's & economic design) that is causing the problem ?

you have flown right past my point
OBVIOUSLY its a working class peoples problem, but they dont control the monopoly corporates or the elitist politicians(sure you can blame them as voters & as a culture, but that wont fix the situation)

10. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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You do know that "your" and "you're" are two different words, don't you?
"Heir" makes no sense in that context. You mean "air" I suppose.

11. ### billvonValued Senior Member

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And you are shouting and pointing in five different colors! Bravo!

My suggestion above was for a solution. What is your solution? Do you have one?
Nope. I am giving you a potential solution.

Not irrelevant at all. Evidence - you responded to it!
I agree. The homeowner is the best person to make those decisions. Give them the power. Why do you want to take away their power? (both literally and figuratively)

12. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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You just don't understand Rainbow. You're only on level 2.

13. ### LuchitoRegistered Senior Member

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Power to buildings and computers is not an issue, transfer switches will change the source of power from a temporary supplier. Problem is lost of communication that is not capable to be restored, like to say malfunction of satellites due to radiation.

This is the fear from North Korea having access to send spacecrafts and own nuclear power, as an example. Any country capable to send a nuclear device to space is a big threat. A nuclear explosion in space at the level where satellites travel everyday can spread enough radiation to cause permanent damage to all satellites, this is to say, no more internet, no more GPS, entire armies of the world becoming blind to any attack from their enemies.

Besides radiation from the sun, solar winds are another concern, this is since satellites were capable to detect a strong solar wind wave, passing close to earth, and literally cutting off part of our atmosphere and taking it to outer space. The empty area was immediately covered by the rest of our atmosphere.

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15. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 71 years oldValued Senior Member

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Only those which might occur 2024 and interfere with American space efforts to return to the Moon

16. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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the sun seems to have been a lot quieter than i expected

it appears a CME is going to just miss earth some time from tomorrow onward
which is good
but it will ring up all the frequencies for half a day or so.
AURORA watchers should be leased

Elons star link could not have come sooner

17. ### sculptorValued Senior Member

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as/re
I would be more concerned by the prolonged lack thereof.

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