Solar Cycle 25 To Peak Sooner And Be More Intense
When’s the best time to experience a Carrington Event, an event capable of killing digitally powered devices, electricity, and the internet? Solar Maximum, perhaps? How big a threat is this maximum to us?
If ever there were a time for a repeat of the 1859 Carrington Event, a solar storm that fried telegraphs, created auroras so bright that night turned to day and created magnetic disturbances around the planet, Solar Maximum is arguably where to look for that level of an event.
Solar Cycle 25 has been recalculated since its 2019 calculations, and the peak, or Solar Maximum, is now expected to begin between January and October of 2024. Who’s this likely to be a problem for?
First, we have to look at what cycle 25 has already done. There were nearly 50 satellites taken down by one solar storm in this cycle. Yes, the auroras are quite a sight to behold, but hundreds of millions of dollars were lost in the satellite tech that went dark.
There’s never a way to tell how much damage a solar eruption can cause until it happens, so we’d have to look to the predictive models shared by NOAA and NASA. In this report, even the newer models predict a below-average number of sunspots. The fewer the sunspots, the fewer the chances for a super X, or X-100 or higher solar storm, to strike our world.
Yet, we’re not out of the woods. That’s because with every sunspot there is the potential of an eruption of plasma-charged solar particles that would fly through space and tens of thousands of miles per hour, and smack right into…home. There hasn’t been a worst-case storm since 1859, when the largest solar storm ever to hit Earth was recorded by astronomer, Robert Carrington.
The Great Unknown
While we expend hundreds of billions of dollars on petty squabbles that might end in armageddon, the fact is there’s an armageddon waiting for us in space. The apocalypse could come in the form of having to learn how to live without some of these fancy things we take for granted. Oops…there goes Twitter (X), Facebook, Online Banking, Amazon, and even the ability to get cash from a machine.
What was it like without cell phones and laptops, kindle readers, tablets, and podcasts? How many people will still be around when one of these events occurs, that will remember how a record player worked, or know how to read a book? Will people still be able to hunt and fish? Or will they be too sensitive to live off the resources that were here before technology?
Those are the great unknown questions when thinking about a mass apocalyptic event. There are now schools that don’t enforce much learning on students, and being a hunter and outdoorsman is looked at by some of the left as being “toxically masculine.”
While it’s doubtful that Solar Cycle 25 is going to harm the planet, and likely not a top priority since there are still asteroids that pose a credible risk to the planet in the coming years, the idea of it happening sparks debate and conversation. What we are teaching our youth today is going to separate them into groups. There will be the survivors and the non-survivors in the case of a holocaust.
We have holocausts that can come from inner Earth threats and outer Earth threats.
From outer Earth, we have asteroids, space debris, massive solar storms, geomagnetic storms, and perhaps even the threat of what’s behind the UAPS that Congress can’t explain. Even with all that, why do some feel safer looking up than looking at what’s around them?
Because the threats here on Earth are even more dangerous. War, plagues, famines, and that’s the tip of the iceberg. We created weapons that could kill everybody on Earth. We don’t need them, because we can’t get along with ourselves. Even if the existence of the human race was at stake, it’s hard to fathom we’d get it together and work out disagreements to save our only home. If we did, we’d likely end up fighting and destroying it later.
Solar Cycle 25s Peak
So, Solar Cycle 25 is going to be bigger and more powerful. Great! That’s a chance to perhaps stock up on sunscreen, buy stock in sunscreen, and get ready for those fast tans. Has anybody noticed those in the past two years?
Otherwise, it looks like things won’t be as dangerous during the solar peak as they could, presuming the folks at NASA and NOAA got it right. So, be ready for Solar Cycle 25 next year. There are likely to be many opportunities to see brilliant auroras, if you’re on a high-flying plane or in orbit or for any reason you might see something incredible, and it might even distract from that Middle East issue everybody’s got their eyes on.
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