solar flare coming – GPS may fail

According to NASA “the Sun is waking up from a deep slumber” and we can expect to see a big rise in solar activity in the coming few years. Solar storms, or solar flares to be more specific or large explosions on Sun’s surface that produce huge amounts of energy causing radiation over a wide spectrum including radio waves and gamma rays. We humans are protected from much of this phenomena thanks to our atmosphere but our high tech gear orbiting the Earth are not as lucky.

GPS satellites may simply damage from the heat and our radio communications may be disrupted. Sun does this about every 11 years – called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Next CME is going to peak in 2012. Our GPS satellites have no particular defense from these solar flares and according some experts this may be first time our high tech GPS and satellite communications be challenged seriously.

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