September in 1859, telegraph wires suddenly began to short out, igniting
wide-spread fires across both the United States and Europe.
The Earth had
been hit by a perfect solar storm.
A solar storm
is created when the sun erupts, sending charged particles racing outward in an
expanding plasma bubble of hot gas. In 1859, four crucial events
came together to create that perfect storm.
First the blob
of plasma that was ejected hit the earth full on. Secondly, the
magnetic fields of the ejected coronal mass was exceptionally intense.
Third, it hit
at unusually high velocity. A typical solar storm can take two to four
days to cover the 93 million miles of space separating the two. The 1859
storm took less than 18 hours to cover the distance.
the coronal magnetic field hit the earth from the opposite direction from the
earth’s protective magnetic field called the “solar wind.”
1859 flare-up, solar observers logged almost an entire minute during which the
amount of sunlight doubled at the region of the flare.
a strong white-light flare has never been seen since,” says Paal Brekke, SOHO
deputy project scientist. “So if this type of flare happened, yes we would
know right away.”
he adds that the orientation of Earth’s magnetic field would not be known.
That can’t be determined without some kind of space-based observation
platform. And the orientation of the Earth’s protective magnetic field
determines how much damage the earth will sustain.
In August 1972, a 230,000-volt transformer at the British Columbia Hydroelectric Authority blew up when shifting magnetic fields induced a current spike. On March 13, 1989, a storm plunged Quebec into a complete power blackout, affecting millions.
storm that fried Quebec’s power grid in 1989 measured 589 nT’s. The
perfect storm in 1859 measured a whopping 1,760 nTs.
to a new study from the National Academy of Sciences, if a coronal mass ejection
creating the size solar storm that hit in 1859 were to strike today, the damage
could be catastrophic.
contemporary repetition of the  event would cause significantly more
extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions,”
concluded the study.
would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water
distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications
lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning,
sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on.”
could close for months and international trade could grind to a halt.
services would be strained, and command and control might be lost,” write the
researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and
Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
it is terrestrial catastrophes or extreme space weather incidents, the results
can be devastating to modern societies that depend in a myriad of ways on
advanced technological systems,” Baker said in a statement released with the
activity runs in eleven year cycles between what is called the solar minimum and
solar maximum periods. The next solar maximum is forecast to be on par if
not worse than the perfect storm of 1859.
storm is forecast to hit the earth some time towards the end of 2012.
there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the
earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which
are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke
At a January 2009 meeting of the American Astronomical Society astronomers discussed a mysterious cosmic ‘roar’ first detected in July 2006.
Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas launched a
balloon-borne instrument that reached at altitude of 120,000 feet at the point
where the earth’s atmosphere meets the vacuum of space.
project’s mission was to search the sky for faint signs of heat from the first
generation of stars. Instead, they detected a ‘roar’ emanating from
the distance reaches of the universe.
discovery prompted Alan Kogut of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to exclaim
to his colleagues that “there is something new and interesting going on in the
universe really threw us a curve,” Kogut said. “Instead of the faint signal
we hoped to find, here was this booming noise six times louder than anyone had
analysis of the signal ruled out primordial stars or any known radio sources,
including gas in the outermost halo of our own galaxy.
radio galaxies also can’t account for the noise — there just aren’t enough
have to pack them into the universe like sardines,” said study team member
Dale Fixsen of the University of Maryland. “There wouldn’t be any space left
between one galaxy and the next.”
The signal is measured to be six times brighter than the combined emission of all known radio sources in the universe.
2003 , the Omega Letter reported on “Sunspot 484” a sunspot ten times
larger than the Earth that caused a radio blackout on October 19th.
Combs, a forecaster with the NOAA Space Environment Center’s Space Weather
Operations, said that this region has developed rapidly over the last three to
four days. “It’s somewhat unusual to have this much activity when we’re
approximately three-and-a-half years past solar maximum,” he said. “In fact,
just last week, solar activity was very low with an almost spotless sun.”
4, 2003 issue of the Omega Letter opened with these words:
sun erupted three more times in less than 24 hours, bringing the number of major
eruptions to nine in less than two weeks. Scientists have been monitoring the
solar cycles since 1755. There has never been a string of activity like this..
12, 2005 Omega Letter discussed the unusual eruption of seven separate solar
flares during the midpoint of the current Solar Cycle 23’s minimum cycle. We
noted then that;
the midpoint of 2000, the number of solar events peaked about 400% above normal.
. . . What is particularly fascinating is what is emerging as a pattern of
unusual solar activity, dating to about 1948, as noted by the American Institute
of Physics in its bulletin number 658 published in 2003 by Phillip F. Schewe,
Ben Stein, and James Riordon.”
closely the three dates mentioned here. The pattern of unusual solar
activity began in 1948. They peaked in 2000 as we crossed the
threshold into the 21st century. And NASA is forecasting what
may be the most destructive solar storm in human history, due to strike the Earth sometime
in late 2012!
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
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