Every so often we hear one of these end-of-the-world stories. There’s a meteor that’s going to hit the earth, or the sun’s going to lose its gravitational pull. And generally we can ignore them because they’re the calculator speculations of some shed-scientist crackpot.
The earth is going to be hit by a barrage of solar flares in 2013 when the sun’s
magnetic energy cycle coincides with its 11-year peak in super-powered-sunspot activity — but this time it wasn’t a maverick amateur making the predictions. It was freakin’ NASA.
The once-in-a-generation occurrence has gone broadly unnoticed in the past but has the potential to destroy all the computer systems on which our modern world relies: Bank accounts, medical records, business records, entire websites and, yes, your Facebook account could all disappear.
The solar flares generate massive shifts in magnetic activity, which could potentially lead to blackouts, communications failing, TV and radio networks disappearing and, worst of all, the Internet and all its awesome websites (like Asylum) vanishing.
“Systems will just not work. The flares rapidly change the magnetic field on the earth, like a lightning bolt. That is the solar effect.”
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