January 22, 2013

The dangers of solar storms: That which gives power can also take it away

In last month’s issue of EARTH, we explored what is known about solar activity, the sun and its interaction with Earth. This month, we examine the possible effects of solar activity and the vulnerability of power grids and satellites, as well as what is being done to reduce that vulnerability.

Were a massive solar storm to strike Earth, the impacts could rival or exceed the worst natural disasters humans have ever faced.