156 Years Ago, on September 2nd, 1859, A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm, The Carrington Event, Struck Earth’s Magnetic Field
Today is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event. On Sept. 2, 1859, a CME struck Earth’s
magnetic field with such power that telegraph stations caught fire and people in Cuba read their morning newspapers by the red light of the aurora borealis.
If a similar storm struck our planet today, it might cause trillions of dollars of damage to society’s high-tech infrastructure. Could the Carrington Event happen again? It almost did just a few years ago.
Extreme solar storms–past, present and future–are highlighted on today’s edition of Space Weather Website