Oddly NASA has named their most important document in a while along the same lines "As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather". I suggest you read this document.
As you may know, over the last few years i have written about looming solar maximus period between 2012 and 2013 and how it will be unlike any solar storms we have ever experienced.
Solar activity (sun-spots) have been unsually dormant over the last few years and as the solar cycle fluctuates on an average 11 year cycle (with the last peak in 2001 - as the poles shift on the sun) many predicted the coming peak years (2012-13) to be the most active in human history . Its the calm before the storm essentially.
With the launch of the NASA SDO (Solar observatory) a few months ago, it only further supported my belief that NASA knew exactly what we are in for, as this was a substantial research investment ... well now the evidence is in and NASA is really concerned about the sun:
From NASA's important June 4 document:
"Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.
Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about:
"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."
The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled "Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts." It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.
Much of the damage can be mitigated if managers know a storm is coming. Putting satellites in 'safe mode' and disconnecting transformers can protect these assets from damaging electrical surges. Preventative action, however, requires accurate forecasting—a job that has been assigned to NOAA.
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And no - please don't listen to the rants from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about this document!. This is one conspiracy he's got wrong . Even ignoring NASA's announcement these solar storms are the legit, many scientists and (even the web bots) forecasted this situation - this is the real 2012 threat.
The Sun awakens - NASA announcement:
The Implications for Human life from the 2012-13 solar storms:
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