Monday, March 12, 2012

Magnetic Shield Cracks Found on Earth: Is affecting us during solar storms

Though the following article was written in 2008 because of Shield cracks that were found on earth I think it is very relevant because we are presently feeling the effects of cracks in our shield on Earth. 

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Magnetic-Shield Cracks Found; Big Solar Storms Expected

Victoria Jaggard in San Francisco
National Geographic News
December 17, 2008
An unexpected, thick layer of solar particles inside Earth's magnetic field suggests there are huge breaches in our planet's solar defenses, scientists said.
These breaches indicate that during the next period of high solar activity, due to start in 2012, Earth will experience some of the worst solar storms seen in decades.
Solar winds—charged particles from the sun—help create auroras, the brightly colored lights that sometimes appear above the Earth's poles.
But the winds also trigger storms that can interfere with satellites' power sources, endanger spacewalkers, and even knock out power grids on Earth.
"The sequence we're expecting … is just right to put particles in and energize them to create the biggest geomagnetic storms, the brightest auroras, the biggest disturbances in Earth's radiation belts," said David Sibeck, a space-weather expert at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
"So if all of this is true, it should be that we're in for a tough time in the next 11 years."
(Related: "Sun's Power Hits New Low, May Endanger Earth?" [September 24, 2008].)
Into the Breach
Data from NASA's THEMIS satellite showed that a 4,000-mile-thick (6,437-kilometer-thick) layer of solar particles has gathered and is rapidly growing within the outermost part of the magnetosphere, a protective bubble created by Earth's magnetic field.
Normally the magnetosphere blocks most of the solar wind, flowing outward from the sun at about a million miles (1.6 million kilometers) an hour.
"The solar wind is constantly changing, and the Earth's magnetic field is buffeted like a wind sock in gale-force winds, fluttering back and forth in response to the solar wind," Sibeck said this week during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
Earth's magnetic field lines align themselves in different directions over various regions of the planet.
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If I understand this correctly and if you click on Next Page above and read the last page what can happen is that he compares the problem to a gas stove when you turn the gas on and don't light if for awhile, it explodes when you take too long to ignite it. AND if I'm understanding this correctly it would create something like an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that could fry electronics or power generating stations or oil pipelines some places might explode like the one did in Russia I believe in the 1970s or 1980s that killed about 300 to 500 people in a train next to the pipeline. So, I'm beginning to think that this is why we are hearing more about Solar Storms than we used to. Also, we have a satellite up near the sun taking great photos and sending them back to earth and then there is the European Venus satellite that was blinded by the last big X5.4 storm either temporarily or permanently.

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