OMG! Solar Flares Short Circuit Radio and Internet Waves

Earth's magnetic field disrupted by solar flare

OMG! Solar Flares Short Circuit Radio and Internet Waves
OMG! Solar Flares Short Circuit Radio and Internet Waves

Solar blast interrupts radio and internet communications

Almost a decade has passed since the last major solar flares were recorded. On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, one of the most powerful sun bursts blasted from a critical spot on the sun’s surface. The X-class solar flare disrupted radio waves causing blackouts.

The flare started at 5:10 in the morning and lasted three hours. We haven’t seen sun bursts this strong since 2015 and before that 2006. All kinds of frequency navigation were affected for over an hour after the incident.

These events occur because the magnetic field surrounding the earth dampens and causes upset in radiation from the sun.

It seems in preparation for the X-class blast, a day before, the same sunspot erupted an M-class solar flare. M class in one tenth the size of an X-class flare. Energetic plasma or coronal mass ejection (CME) emits spectacular auroras. Additionally, they can damage satellite communications and power systems like Wi-Fi and internet sources. Energetic bursts occur very quickly.



Observation through telescopes made the flares visible

The observation of the flare, using telescopes is not easily detectable. Usually, they form and reach peak intensity within a few minutes. However, this time, the opening and projection were seen and spectacularly recorded.

Certainly, all the data that is collected helps to be able to predict this occurrence in the future. It can also be used to attempt to protect the satellites from this sort of disruption.


Our brightest star is trying to tell us something

After witnessing a solar eclipse and now a solar flare, our solar system is trying to tell us something. Maybe the earth off its axis. Maybe it’s a sign of the end of the world.

There is obvious evidence that stars and planets directly impact us. This flare demonstrates how vulnerable the earth and all its inhabitants are. The Sun rules our planet, just as the moon controls our tides. Nevertheless, we should never underestimate its magnitude and power. Without the sun, we wouldn’t know when to rise in the morning. It provides heat for us and makes our plants grow.

The fact that this event can also disrupt all our communications with each other is the reason for concern. Social media is dependent on the magnetic field surrounding our planet. If the frequency shifts, so do our communication.

Are Millennials prepared in case this were to happen? Would they know how to do anything without looking it up on google first? That is the question they must ask themselves.

In the meantime, the sun continues to shine and blast us with its red fire.


References: NASA, The Telegraph