Space WARNING: Sun unleashes solar flare a BILLION times more powerful than atomic bomb

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On January 26, a huge sunspot known as AR2733 exploded and unleashed the most powerful solar storm in recent years. The solar flare was classed as a C5 – which is the most powerful of any possible eruption on the sun’s surface – and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it released more energy than a billion World War 2 atomic bombs. Luckily for Earth, the solar flare was directed in the opposite direction from our planet – but it should be heeded as a warning.

The Met Office has said we will face a monumental solar storm in the future, which could knock out Britain’s technology and cost the UK almost £16billion in damages.

The country could be blunged into a blackout because it is not prepared enough for powerful solar storms, the Met Office told ministers.

The weather forecaster believes the UK does not have sufficient infrastructure to prepare for such an event.

A researcher from the Met Office said: “We find that for a one-in-100-year event, with no space weather forecasting capability, the gross domestic product loss to the United Kingdom could be as high as £15.9billion.

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Sun unleashes solar flare a BILLION times more powerful than atomic bomb (Image: GETTY)

“With existing satellites nearing the end of their life, forecasting capability will decrease in coming years, so if no further investment takes place, critical infrastructure will become more vulnerable to space weather.”





Solar storms wreak havoc on global technology as the radiation which pummels our planet heats up the outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.

This means satellite signals will struggle to penetrate the swollen atmosphere, leading to a lack of Internet service, GPS navigation, satellite TV such as Sky and mobile phone signal.

Additionally, increased currents in the Earth’s magnetic field – or magnetosphere – could theoretically lead to a surge of electricity in power lines, which can blow out electrical transformers and power stations leading to a temporary loss of electricity.

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Sunspot AR2733 (Image: SDO • HMI)

The biggest storm known to us was the Carrington Event which occurred in September 1859.

During that solar storm, the sun unleashed a series of powerful solar flares that were so powerful telegraph operators’ offices experienced a surge in electricity which resulted in some buildings setting on fire.

The storm was so powerful its southern auroras could be seen as far north as Queensland in Australia and northern auroras were noted as far south as Cuba.

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