Could a Solar Storm Wipe Out Civilization?
by Ashley Dreiling
The Carrington Event in 1859 was the largest solar storm in recorded history, causing glowing drapes of light to be seen from Colorado to the Caribbean. Today, we understand more about the science of these storms, but are equipped to handle another major solar storm?
Rarely these storms have happened beyond the poles and created massive problems – from short-circuited electrical equipment to transit shutdowns, fires, and satellite disruptions.
Watch the video and learn about space weather forecasts, solar storm mitigation strategies, and predictions of what another Carrington Event would mean for our modern, interconnected planet.
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