Kal’s Korner

New Solar Flares a Danger to GPS and Mobile Devices
by Kal K. Korff
Internationally Syndicated Copyright © 2011 by Kal K. Korff - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Massive solar flares like this are now hitting the Earth with disturbing frequency. (Credit: NASA.)

NASA has announced that the sun’s present cycle of solar activity, otherwise known as sun flares, will cause interference with electronic GPS systems and mobile phones. In the past week, several unusually strong bursts of solar energy have hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere, they are a mere prelude of things to come.

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Although not life threatening, yet, the increased solar activity will prove to be an inconvenience for ships, aircraft, businesses and people who are greatly dependent on GPS and mobile communications. This uptick in flaring is expected to last into 2013. To NASA, solar flares are not new. For vehicles and satellites operating in space, this increase in ionized radiation has the potential to disrupt or disable satellite communications and data, including GPS guidance mechanisms. It could also damage the International Space Station. There’s an App for that Ironically, people can track in near real time, this increased solar activity via their mobile phone. Free software applications such as 3D Sun not only run on devices like Apple’s iPhone, but they provide instant notifications as well as high resolution graphics which show the actual surface of the Sun. These images are stunning, and are beamed back by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, whose mission is to study the sun. Taking solar flares seriously While most people don’t think about solar flares, they must be taken seriously. When the sun erupts in unusual activity patterns like this, if the coronal mass ejection is too big and it escapes into free space, it can bombard the Earth’s upper atmosphere ionizing it and causing it to heat up. An out of control solar flare can also fry electronics, rendering them worthless and permanently damaged. In the last three days, no less than three major solar eruptions have occurred, the last one measuring a powerful 9.3. NASA uses a ranking system of 1-9 to classify solar flares. Like the previous two, this third one also streaked towards the Earth, eventually impacting on the upper atmosphere. On August 8th, the largest of what has now been four massive solar ejections took place. Luckily, this largest one just missed the Earth. Solar flares are also a source of global warming, but are hardly mentioned by global warming alarmists, who instead focus on the myopic view of carbon emissions. 1.0v2 Aug 10, 2011 Kal K. Korff is an internationally known author, columnist and investigative journalist.

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