Solar Storms Spell the End of Earth in 2025! Is Humanity Doomed? Brace Yourself for the Impending Catastrophe

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The fact known to us is that life on Earth is only possible due to the Sun. However, if I were to tell you that one day the Sun could end life on Earth and lead to mass extinction, you wouldn’t believe me. To convince you, you’ll need to learn about solar storms.

What is a Solar Storm

Basically, a solar storm is a disturbance on the Sun when it emits huge bursts of energy. The energy released by the Sun is known in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). A coronal mass ejection occurs when the Sun releases an intense burst of plasma. Solar storms can be both beautiful and scary. Let’s find out how.

Effects of Solar Storms on Earth

Formation of Aurora Australis and Aurora Borealis

Our Earth’s magnetic field acts as a shield against solar storms. However, sometimes when a stronger solar storm comes towards us, it can penetrate the magnetic lines at the North and South Poles in Earth’s atmosphere. On our planet, it interacts with gases in the magnetic field and creates beautiful displays in the night sky known as Aurora Australis (in the southern pole) and Aurora Borealis (in the northern pole).

Negative Impact of Solar Storms on Earth

Complete blackout on Earth

We are living in the age of satellites. Firstly, the satellites would be impacted, and solar storms can be so powerful that they can destroy all the satellites. This has happened before when 49 satellites belonging to Space-X were destroyed by a powerful solar storm, also known as Geomagnetic Storms. Losing our satellites means losing all means of communication, resulting in a complete blackout on Earth. Our civilization would be set back by decades, and various forms of transportation, including air travel, would be disrupted by solar storms.

Power grids would also be affected. This means we could lose electricity for several hours and days. In the modern age of gadgets, how would you charge them? Your PC, laptop, phone, smartwatch, tablet—everything related to electricity would be rendered useless within hours due to solar storms.

Daily life appliances would also be affected. Your fridge would stop refrigerating, your cooler would stop cooling, and your heater would stop heating. All of these appliances could be affected by solar storms.

 

Financial Crisis

Can solar storms lead to a financial crisis? The answer is an absolute yes. ATMs would be shut down and rendered useless due to the loss of internet and electricity. Banks would not function without electricity and internet, and cards would be of no use. How would people access money? This would result in complete chaos. Water supply is also dependent on electricity, so it would be affected in various places.

No Internet– Have you ever wondered what you would happen without internet? Well, even the government today cannot function without it. There would be no banking services, no communication or links with the rest of the world, no navigation, no electricity, and ultimately, no internet. The world would be in complete blackout.

One of the most deadly solar storms could also lead to mass extinction. Life could end in this way too. The past has witnessed such events and their effects on Earth.

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The Carrington Event: A Singular Outbreak of Light Lasting 5 Minutes

On September 1st and 2nd, 1859, our planet was hit by the strongest solar storm ever recorded. At that time, the entire world relied on telegraph services for communication and exchanging information. However, this solar storm severely impacted all the telegraph services worldwide, particularly in Europe and North America. Many people died due to electric shocks caused by the solar storm, and telegraph pylons emitted sparks. Keep in mind that this was back in the 1800s when we were significantly less dependent on electricity. We cannot even imagine the consequences caused by such a powerful solar storm in the future.

2012 Storm

In July 2012, a massive solar storm came perilously close to Earth, narrowly missing the Earth’s magnetic field. However, it still caused significant damage. The electric grid failure caused by the solar storm affected over 700 million people, making it the largest power failure in the world. Tragically, the power outage resulted in deaths of many individuals in hospitals across India.

As we look ahead to 2025, there are concerns about an upcoming solar storm and its potential impact on life on Earth. Scientists predict that the sun will reach its peak of solar cycle, known as Solar Maximum. During this time, there could be around 100 sunspots on the sun, indicating a massive release of energy in the form of geomagnetic storms towards our planet.

The consequences of such geomagnetic or solar storms on Earth are already known, including power failures, destruction of satellites, loss of communication, and disruptions to GPS and internet services. The projected economic losses from these events are estimated to be in the trillions of dollars. However, the chances of a mass extinction event are considered to be very low.

Scientists emphasize that Earth’s thick atmosphere and strong magnetic field offer some protection, reducing the likelihood of catastrophic consequences. Furthermore, global space agencies are collaborating to develop more advanced tools to study solar storms and find ways to mitigate their impact. There is hope that in the future, a protective shield can be built to safeguard our planet from such hazardous events.

While the threat of solar storms is real, scientists are actively working to better understand and prepare for these phenomena. By leveraging scientific advancements and international cooperation, we aim to enhance our ability to predict and mitigate the potential effects of solar storms on our planet.

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