Sunspot 930 sent a powerful solar storm toward earth from an X3 class solar flare, and the unstable sunspot has a 35% chance of emitting more X class solar flares at any time. The solar storm resulting has the potential to damage satellites and expose passengers in high flying aircraft to excessive radiation. The astronauts aboard the space station took shelter in a radiation shielded area of the craft. Sunspot 930 began as an unusual ring shaped formation that exploded so violently that it sent a shock wave across the entire surface of the sun. It is now a massive sunspot three times the size of the earth. It is in the process of rotating away from earth, but if another flare takes place within the next 24 hours, its effects will be felt on earth.
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A current crop of solar flares could disrupt GPS systems, which more and more cars are using. They are also standard equipment on jet planes, which makes the flares a potentially much more serious problem. But GPS is not the only thing these solar flares could stress?the radiation they give off could harm astronauts’ brains.

Fiery discharges from the sun may not bother the GPS in your car are on your cell phone. In LiveScience.com, Jeanna Bryner quotes Paul Kintner Jr. as saying, “If you’re driving to the beach using your car’s navigation system, you’ll be OK. If you’re on a commercial airplane in zero visibility weather, maybe not.”
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According to new research, changes in the sun’s brightness over the past few hundred years have had only a small effect on Earth’s climate, so we can’t blame global warming on solar activity. But some researchers still think the sun has an influence on global warming and these researchers say the sun MAY give us a reprieve, a chance to save ourselves.
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Just a few years after the last solar cycle ended, there is evidence that the next one, which is expected to be the biggest in 50 years, may have already begun. Sunspots, flares and coronal mass ejections disrupt radio and telecommunications, including cell phones, and if they become strong enough, they can be especially dangerous for astronauts. They can also have effects on the weather, if powerful enough. Large sunspots, which reduce the amount of solar heat reaching the earth, can cause cooling, while coronal mass ejections may have the opposite effect. Since several countries plan to travel to the moon in a few years, excessive solar activity could delay their trips.
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