Articles Tagged with solar flares

EMP Attack Threats Discussed By Senate During Power Grid Cyber Attack Hearing

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Electromagnetic pulse attack threats were among the possible terrorism scenarios discussed with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. While the primary terrorist attack concerns revolved around both physical and cyber attacks by “radical Islamists” like ISIS, EMP threats were also a topic of conversation during the meeting. Wisconsin Senator Ron… Read more »

FERC Report Says Power Grid Would Fail If Just Nine Substations Go Down

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) power grid report revealed that the United States is at risk of a national blackout from just a small scale attack. If a coordinated act of terrorism occurred on just the handful of electric-transmission substations noted in the report, a complete power grid failure would likely occur. Just a… Read more »

Massive Sunspot Rotating Around The Sun For The Third Time

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A massive and significantly strong sunspot is currently making its third pass across a “complex region” of the Sun, according to NASA. Sunspots like the one currently being tracked by NASA and NOAA, are part of the active Sun regions which typically produce large solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Sunspot AR1990 was previously labeled… Read more »

Solar Flares: Sun Unleashes Largest Burst Of 2014

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The largest solar flare of 2014 was unleashed by the Sun late yesterday evening. The huge X Class solar flare erupted from an active sunspot known as AR1990, according to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The agency’s spacecraft recorder captured the gigantic bursts of plasma from the coronal mass ejection – CME. X Class solar flares… Read more »

Solar Flares ‘Pop’ As Titanic Magnetism Riles Up The Sun

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Solar flares have increased significantly in the past several days due to titanic magnetism creating major clusters of sunspots. A video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft gives viewers an up close and personal look at the action unfolding on the Sun. A plethora of “tangled lines” in two active, bright regions of the Sun… Read more »

Solar Flares: NOAA Says 80 Percent Chance Of Earth-Directed Eruptions Today

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Earth-directed M-Class solar flares have an 80 percent chance of impacting the planet today, according to NOAA forecasters. The national weather researchers also noted that a 50 percent chance of X-Class solar flares hitting Earth exists. Sunspot AR-1967 has moved into a position to make such coronal mass ejections possible over the course of the… Read more »

Solar Flares: Two Sunspots Facing Earth

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Multiple solar flares are facing Earth and “strange objects” are passing near a massive sunspot CME. Sunspot AR1934 and AR 1936 possess beta gamma magnetic fields and possess the power to emit strong solar flares, according to NOAA. The space weather experts put the odds of an X-Class solar flare at one percent and the… Read more »

SHIELD Act Stalled In Congress, Power Grid Remains Vulnerable

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The SHIELD Act is stalled in Congress because the Energy and Commerce Committee Chair has yet to schedule hearings on the legislation. Republican Arizona Representative Trent Franks sponsored the Secure High-Voltage Infrastructure for Electricity and Lethal Damage Act. The bill would install surge protectors at the site of about 300 electric transformers around the country…. Read more »

Solar Flares: Scientists Change 2013 Predictions … Again

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Solar flare predictions for 2013 are once again fluctuating. Space weather experts at NOAA and NASA agree that we are nearing the peak of the Sun’s 11-year cycle, but that is about the only fact that has garnered a consensus lately. Coronal mass ejections (CME) are formed from sun spots. Scientists only learned how solar… Read more »

Solar Flares: British Scientists Urging The UK Government To Prepare

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Solar flares are becoming more of a concern for the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom. The British agency is urging the government to create a Space Weather Board to deal with the looming threat of coronal mass ejection. British scientists are warning United Kingdom officials that massive radiation ejection from the Sun… Read more »