Solar Flares may effect Satellites, computers & Tele-communications

Posted on March 8, 2012


The latest Coronal Mass Ejection otherwise know as a CME blast was from a big area on the sun knows as sunspot AR1429. This current ejection has unleashed another major flare. NASA repots that this one is the strongest yet, an is classified as a X5-class eruption detected on March 7th at 00:28 UT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme UV flash. This latest eruption hurled a bright CME into space, observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the newest CME will reach Earth on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr), possibly triggering a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm. An animated forecast track shows the progression of the fast-moving cloud, and the effects toward the earth and other planets.

The flare also accelerated energetic protons toward Earth, triggering an S3-class solar radiation storm, in progress. Such CME storms are not usually a main concern and often only considered a nuisance to satellites, causing occasional reboots of onboard computers and adding noise to imaging systems. But some worry that an increase CME or major blast could actually effect daily operations of Satellites, computers & Tele-communications. Reading the variance of impact is a science that in itself is new, solar flares blast are measured mostly in a nanotesla measurement. With the biggest impacts usually felt toward the earths poles. Scientist can only estimate the speed of the CME burst and how the orientation and intensity of the magnetic field within the charged particles, protons and atoms from the sun will interact with technology and systems.