The sun is back with a vengeance! - Solar flares are starting up again, after a long hiatus, and they are predicted to be extraordinary.
NASA warns that the recent massive flare wasn't an anomaly, it's just the beginning. A massive solar storm is building up that could even wipe out the Earth's entire power grid. Similar storms in 1859 and 1921 wiped out telegraph wires on a massive scale. NASA says that a similar storm today could cause "$1 to 2 trillion in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require 4 to 10 years for complete recovery."
On an Australian technology website, Peter Farquhar quotes astronomer Dave Reneke as saying, "The general consensus among general astronomers (and certainly solar astronomers) is that this coming Solar maximum (2012 but possibly later into 2013) will be the most violent in 100 years."
Farquhar quotes NASA's Richard Fisher as saying, "We know it is coming but we don't know how bad it is going to be. Systems will just not work. The flares change the magnetic field on the Earth and it's rapid, just like a lightning bolt. That
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