Saturday, August 6, 2011

Solar Blast Hits the Earth

Not only has the U.S. lost its AAA credit rating for the first time in history, now we hear that two three solar blasts hit the Earth's magnetic field Friday.

According to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, the blasts could disrupt electrical grids, global-positioning systems or other satellite-communications systems for the next few days. Government scientists urge users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to prepare for possible disruptions over the next few days.

Wait, isn't that everybody?

To read about possible upcoming power grid disruptions -- or even a grid meltdown -- in the years to come, see here.

The Aurora Borealis is seen in the above photograph taken by astronaut Donald R. Pettit, Expedition Six NASA ISS science officer, on board the International Space Station. From Wikipedia.

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