"We scientists made a mistake.
We thought that the next cycle was going to be quiet. Some of our data was off by a 20 and that's why we are issuing this alert now. We made a mistake.
The next cycle will be much more serious than we previously thought," said Dr. Michio Kaku, one of the world's leading experts in theoretical physics
in an interview on Fox News.
Scientists have discovered leaks in Earth's magnetic field.
Earth's magnetic field which acts as our protective shield in space has a hole in it. That could be a problem because a weakened
field could leave Earth vulnerable to solar storms.
Every 11 years the Sun releases a shockwave, a tsunami of radiation that could wipe out our communication, weather satellites, GPS, spy
satellites, internet television and more.
All this could be wiped out when we have the peak of the sunspot cycle. That's when the Sun's magnetic field flips. North pole and
south pole flip, releasing a shockwave of radiation that hit the Earth potentially wiping out a lot of our satellite communications.
Solar radiation can wipe out communication, weather satellites, GPS and more.
"Lets hope that nothing happens. However, what if our communication systems are wiped out?
A massive solar storm can have devastating consequences on our global
economy," says Dr. Kaku.
"Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year.
The losses could be $1 to $2 trillion, and the effects could be felt for years," says Daniel Baker, of the University of Colorado's
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
The storm will hit most every day items including Sat Nav's which will cause huge problems for drivers and emergency services.
Pete Riley, a senior scientist at Predictive Science in San Diego, California, says there 12 per cent chance of being struck by a solar megaflare.
"Even if it's off by a factor of two, that's a much larger number than I thought," said Riley after publishing his estimate in Space Weather on February 23.
"A geomagnetic storm could shatter nations all over the earth. We cannot wait for disaster to spur us to action," said former US government defence adviser Dr Avi Schnurr.
A massive solar storm can affect everything from home freezers to car sat navs.
"The sun has an activity cycle, much like hurricane season. It's been hibernating for four or five years, not doing much of anything,"
said Tom Bogdan, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.
"Now the sun is waking up. The individual events could be very powerful.'
If Earth is hit by the same force as the worst recorded solar storm in history, 1859's Carrington Event, it would be devastating.
Giant Jupiter - Our "Would-Be" Friend With Secrets From The Past
It knocked a giant planet into deep space, swallowed up a smaller rival before it could grow any bigger.
Careful observers saw dark spots rapidly changing places and almost a century ago, a luminous protuberance on the eastern edge of Jupiter,
on the equatorial side of the north equatorial belt was reported.
Unusual Pulsar Or Alien Signals?
The pulse timing of this object is considered unusual.
What kind of phenomenon is related to this object?
It is the first time this kind of phenomenon has been observed by astronomers.
The "Cloaked" Star Was Difficult To Find
An object obscured by dust, and buried in a two-star system enshrouded by dense gas, is not easy to find.
A "cloaked" star was discovered after it ate a little of its neighbor. The meal must have given the star a bit of indigestion, because it
"burped" with a blast of high-energy radiation, which gave it away.
Radio Emission From Ultracool Dwarf Detected By Arecibo Telescope
The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico has discovered sporadic bursts of polarized radio emission from the T6.5 brown J1047+21.
Because Arecibo is a single, fixed-dish telescope, it has a restricted practical sensitivity to weak, quiescent emission from radio sources...
Invader From Another Galaxy
This alien intruder from another galaxy is in many ways different from other exoplanets observed by astronomers.
Located about 2000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (the Furnace), the Jupiter-like planet orbits a dying star of
extragalactic origin and risks to be engulfed by it.
"Pillars Of Creation" Are Gone
Every time you look at the beautiful and famous image of the Pillars of Creation taken by Hubble back in 1995,
you are actually admiring something that no longer exists.
In fact, the Pillars of Creation were already long gone by the time the image was captured!