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The Carrington Event of 1859, and huge CMEs of equal magnitude
« on: September 03, 2015, 05:39:19 PM »
Note from Yowbarb: This Topic is about "The Carrington Event" and geomagnetic storms of equal magnitude; any discussions Members want on this, plus preparedness etc. PLS note: In 2012 there was a huge CMW of equal magnitud3e or perhaps larger but it went off into space, away from Earth.
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http://www.spaceweather.com/
156 YEARS AGO, A GEOMAGNETIC MEGA-STORM: On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

Hard to believe? It really happened--156 years ago. This map shows where auroras were sighted in the early hours of Sept. 2, 1859: