Carrington Events

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Christopher K.
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Carrington Events

Post by Christopher K. » January 9th, 2017, 7:13 pm

A Carrington event is a highly energetic solar flare (probably more powerful than the X9 that damaged the GOES 13 satellite) that, if it hits the Earth, would almost certainly cause havoc to one or more major electrical grids. Brad Schaefer of LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy will be at the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society meeting tonight (7pm at the Highland Road Park Observatory) to discuss the possibility of a future Carrington event, and whether we are prepared. The talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

More information:
https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/s ... ngtonflare

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Re: Carrington Events

Post by Christopher K. » September 1st, 2018, 3:33 pm

The original Carrington event occurred 159 years ago tomorrow. 159 years ago today, Richard Carrington saw the solar flare that would indirectly lead to Cubans reading newspapers by the glow of aurora borealis, Rocky Mountain campers thinking the glow they saw was sunrise, the "Victorian Internet" (telegraph) being knocked "offline", and the chemistry of polar ice being altered.

Map of sighted aurora of morning of 2 September 1859:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/ ... oramap.jpg

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