Thursday, March 8, 2012

The World Is Ending

Fire up a colortini and watch the pictures as they fly through the air:

WASHINGTON — Earth’s magnetic field is about to be shaken like a snow globe by the largest solar storm in five years.

After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles is due to arrive early Thursday and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal.

Scientists say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare earlier in the week, is growing as it races outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble. When it strikes early Thursday, the particles will be moving at 4 million mph.

“It’s hitting us right in the nose,” said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.


The storm is part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle, which is supposed to reach peak storminess next year. Solar storms don’t harm people, but they do disrupt technology. And during the last peak around 2002, experts learned that GPS was vulnerable to solar outbursts.

Because new technology has flourished since then, scientists could discover that some new systems are also at risk, said Jeffrey Hughes, director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling at Boston University.

Reminds me a little of this story

Asteroid To Destroy Earth

Onion News Network To Broadcast Planet’s Final Moments NEW YORK, NY (September 29, 2011) – With a giant asteroid expected to hit Earth on October 4th, the Onion News Network has announced it will continue broadcasting until the moment the planet is…

Very exciting.

I'm rooting for the asteroid.


  1. Maybe the solar storm will give us of temperate latitudes a display of northern lights. At least the destruction will be accompanied by a light show.

  2. It would be a wonderful event if the asteroid would have hit Tweed while the chancellor and all his deputies were in session talking about charter school co-location and the solar storm would have severely messed up Bloomberg's media empire. Waiting for something like this every 11 years is worth the wait.