Don’t underestimate the sun. These events are rare, right now, though the sun is at a low point, where pressures will build up until something gives.
Solar, Space, and Geomagnetic Weather, Part VII: The Carrington Event
By Stephanie Osborn
“Interstellar Woman of Mystery”
Rocket Scientist and Novelist
In August of 1859, during historic Solar Cycle 10, something very strange began to happen. The Sun, as it neared solar max, grew unusually active. It produced prolific numbers of sunspots and flares, some of which were visible to the naked eye. This continued through the end of the month, until, just before noon on September 1, British astronomer Richard Carrington, just 33 and already acknowledged as one of England’s premier solar astronomers, observed an incredibly brilliant solar flare — a flare that was easily visible to the naked eye. In later times, this single flare became known as The Carrington Super-Flare. In his own words from his scientific records:
“…Within the area of the great north group [of sunspots]…two patches of intensely bright and white light broke…
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