Scientists say Sun capable of producing ‘superflares,’ – 1000 times stronger than any flare ever witnessed

Super Flare
May 2015SOLAR WEATHERCould the sun unleash a flare of such a magnitude that it dwarfs anything that humans have ever observed? Yes, says Kazunari Shibata, an astrophysicist from Kyoto University in Japan, and it could have incredible consequences. At the recent Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, Shibata gave a sobering presentation on the possibility of “superflares,” solar flares that contain energy 1,000 times larger than what has been observed in modern times.
Solar flares are a common type of solar eruption, an explosive release of the magnetic energy concentrated in sunspots. Flares are an everyday occurrence – small ones – and can range in energy output over many orders of magnitude. The NOAA Space Weather Scales classifies flares by peak X-ray output on a 1-5 scale (R1-R5), with a flare rated “extreme” (R5) said to occur less than once a solar cycle. In this current cycle, no flare has exceeded the strong (R3) level. Solar flares are known to cause blackouts of radio communications on the sunlit side of the Earth and disrupt radio navigation services. They provide the energy for a class of energetic particle acceleration that results in solar radiation storms that can disturb or damage satellites. They are also sometimes associated with geomagnetic storms that, if severe enough, can disturb the Earth’s electrical grid.
Shibata presented a statistical analysis suggesting a superflare, off-the-charts of our current classification system, should occur about once every 10,000 years. But how do we know if the record of satellite observations of flare energy go back only to the mid-1970s? The answer lies outside our solar system. The NASA Kepler mission, launched in 2009, has been looking for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Kepler has seen a lot of stars and has shown, through further analysis, that many have properties similar to our sun. In fact, scientists have observed over 80,000 such stars. Hiroyuki Maehara and colleagues published a study (Nature, 2012) that found — after painstakingly analyzing the Kepler observations over a period of 120 days — evidence for 365 “superflares” on these stars. These eruptions are thought to be physically similar to what our sun produces, drawing the energy from the magnetic field in sunspots. –Washington Post
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6 Responses to Scientists say Sun capable of producing ‘superflares,’ – 1000 times stronger than any flare ever witnessed

  1. niebo says:

    1000 times the Carrington Event + modern electronic EVERYTHING = 21st century stone age. With permanent radioactive fallout from all of the zombie reactors.

    But, on the flip side: imagine the post-electronic era facebook post: a picture of Grok rubbing sticks to build a fire . . . painted on the ceiling of a cave.


    • Yellow Bird says:

      ah there’s nothing like doing things with one’s own hands
      i am the keeper of a number of wonderful stone-age implements…
      they only need a bit of elbow grease to stay tuned and all still function beautifully 🙂


  2. Jean says:

    Ed dames calls it the ‘kill shot’

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  3. Gordon Logan says:

    I was in China in 2011 and watched a program on CCTV2 about a massive solar storm that was predicted for April 2012. They also said that for some reason the magnetosphere would vanish thus removing the Earth’s shield against solar particles. The world would be without electricity for three and a a half years. Fortunately, the storm was late. It occurred in July 2012, according to the CIA, and the neutron blast missed the Earth altogether. The critical factor in such an event is the disappearance of the magnetosphere. This can be arranged and is probably a covert function of all the ionospheric heaters that are being built around the world. NASA reported in 2007 that it’s five Themis satellites had detected the absence of the magnetosphere. This amazed scientists, presumably because this phenomenon had never been detected before. Finally, an explanation was found. It was claimed to be caused by ‘magnetic reconnection’, whatever that is. One way or another, using ionospheric heaters to knock out the magnetosphere would be a great way of using the sun as a massive neutron bomb to massively reduce the world’s population – after they’d paid off all their debts of course. The collateralisation of debt is very much on the agenda these days. By the way, the Chinese authorities detected my research on the internet and made Youtube available. They passed on a message that my research was ‘important’.


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