This is an up to date view of our star, the Sun.  A coronal hole suggest a stream of matter is being ejected by the Sun.  We dodged a blow from the most recent CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), and the experts are saying the sun is due to settle down for a while.  While the chance of these Solar events causing direct physical danger to life on earth is minimal, the risk to our technology is much higher.  Any object outside the protection of our atmosphere, where the Earth’s magnetosphere is weak would be at a high risk of exposure.  Communication satellites and the International Space Station are included in this hazard, but ground level damage is not out of the question.  There was a geomagnetic storm in the 1980s which was strong enough to cause issues with the power grid and early cell phones.  Farmers even reported electric arcs from fences in their fields.  Any metal such as power lines or fences that is stretched across a distance would act as an antenna for the energy disturbance. 

This is an up to date view of our star, the Sun.  A coronal hole suggest a stream of matter is being ejected by the Sun.  We dodged a blow from the most recent CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), and the experts are saying the sun is due to settle down for a while.  While the chance of these Solar events causing direct physical danger to life on earth is minimal, the risk to our technology is much higher.  Any object outside the protection of our atmosphere, where the Earth’s magnetosphere is weak would be at a high risk of exposure.  Communication satellites and the International Space Station are included in this hazard, but ground level damage is not out of the question.  There was a geomagnetic storm in the 1980s which was strong enough to cause issues with the power grid and early cell phones.  Farmers even reported electric arcs from fences in their fields.  Any metal such as power lines or fences that is stretched across a distance would act as an antenna for the energy disturbance. 

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