Solar storm almost knocked Earth 'back to 18th century'

On July 23, 2012, the Sun experienced the most powerful in 150 years, NASA revealed on Wednesday.

Solar storm almost knocked Earth 'back to 18th century'

World Bulletin / News Desk

NASA has revealed that a powerful solar storm almost knocked modern civilization on planet Earth back to the 18th century in a near-miss in 2012.

On July 23, 2012, the Sun experienced the most powerful in 150 years, NASA revealed on Wednesday, with one expert saying that if the solar eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.

The STEREO-A spacecraft collected data which was later analyzed by scientists, who claimed the storm was comparable to the Carrington space storm in 1859 and was twice as bad as the 1989 solar storm that knocked out power across Quebec.

Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado, said: "I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did."

The National Academy of Sciences estimated that the damages that would have been caused would have cost two trillion dollars and might have taken years to repair.

X-rays and extreme UV radiation sent toward Earth at light speed during a solar storm could cause power blackouts and knock out technology across the world.

Physicist Pete Riley said there is a 12 percent chance of a super solar storm the size of the Carrington event hitting Earth in the next 10 years, and recently increased activity on the Sun's surface could be a sign of things to come.

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