There is a lot of interest today in what our local Star is doing. The sun it seems is throwing tantrums (is very active)and there are a lot of sun spots and solar flares being talked about in space weather type news announcements.
One the one hand you have people warning that a huge solar flare could do immeasurable damage to power grids on earth, while on the other you have other scientists conjecturing that ancient mass extinctions were Caused by Cosmic Radiation.
Other studies have categorically come out and said it is highly unlikely that cosmic rays would contribute to climate change.
A new study supports earlier findings by stating that changes in cosmic rays most likely do not contribute to climate change. It is sometimes claimed that changes in radiation from space, so-called galactic cosmic rays, can be one of the causes of global warming. A new study, investigating the effect of cosmic rays on clouds, concludes that the likelihood of this is very small.
It seems no one can agree on exactly what, if anything, high levels of cosmic / solar radiation will do to Mother Earth. We are soothed with the news that Earth’s Magnetic Field protects us from catastrophic damage when the sun spew’s forth its massive energy bursts. Another way of thinking of this is a solar tsunami.
The Sun’s charged, high-speed particles push and shape Earth’s magnetic field into a teardrop shape. The magnetic field protects Earth from most of the harmful solar radiation, but extreme flares can disable satellites and disrupt communication signals. The charged particles also excite oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere to create the aurora borealis, or northern lights. More solar radiation during the upcoming solar maximum means an increase in the aurora.
But the Earth’s Magnetic Field is not static – like a permanent and rigid shield around our planet, it is in a constant state of flux, and scientists are monitoring it very carefully, along with other earth changes that are happening.
If it is possible that a huge solar flare can (and has in the past) damaged land and satellite electrical systems, one also wonders what it could do to the human body.
Without electricity, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. And it’s not because your computer wouldn’t work. It’s because your brain wouldn’t work.
Everything we do is controlled and enabled by electrical signals running through our bodies. As we learned in intro physics, everything is made up of atoms, and atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Protons have a positive charge, neutrons have a neutral charge, and electrons have a negative charge. When these charges are out of balance, an atom becomes either positively or negatively charged. The switch between one type of charge and the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This flow of electrons, or a negative charge, is what we call electricity. Since our bodies are huge masses of atoms, we can generate electricity.
Remember your heart has its own electrical system: Yes, your heart is fully wired up and has its own electrical system completely integrated!
The heart’s electrical system is responsible for generating and transmitting electrical signals down its own “wire network” to stimulate certain parts of the heart muscle. This is what makes your heart beat.
Any disease process that interferes with your heart’s “electrics” can cause unusual heart rhythms to occur. An individual may or may not be aware of these abnormal rhythms.
Your Brain and your Nervous System are all electrically controlled: The basic element of the nervous system is the nerve cell, or neuron. In combination, neurons form nerves, fibers that transmit impulses throughout the body. A protective covering of myelin, a fatty substance, insulates parts of the fibers.
The action of nerve cells is both electrical and chemical. At the ends of each nerve cell there are specialized regions called synaptic terminals, which contain large numbers of tiny membranous sacs that hold neurotransmitter chemicals.
One needs wonder what implications this would have to our current way of life should a huge Solar Flare be directed towards Earth – large enough to seriously damage telephones, communications, satellites, electrical supplies etc?
Think of what that would mean to civilisation…. a few items that would be not available as an example: ATM’s and petrol at the gas station, Electric trains and trams, computers and mobile devices. The emergency equipment at hospitals, lighting and refrigeration would all be unavailable. Think of the mass panic losing these services would cause. How would you cook? Flush the toilet? Draw fresh water? Keep food fresh, or even deliver food to the local store?
Then consider what a massive solar flare could do to the electrical system of the human body. Makes the mind boggle doesn’t it?
And still scientists dispute IF these celestial events
will have any impact at all
should a huge one occur again.
I found the original NASA article today while cruising the internet – stating that Earth’s Magnetic Field has a HUGE breach in it……. read it and see what this means. We are not as well protected as they would have you believe we are.