The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar storm in the history of the universe

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The Carrington Event is so important in the history of space and Solar System research that it is also known simply as the Solar Storm of 1859. It has nothing to do with her being the only one, but she is the most powerful of all time.

This unique solar storm, named that way because it was the astronomer Richard Carrington who discovered it, was recorded on August 28, 1859, more than 163 years ago.

The Carrington affected the Earth between September 1 and 2 and many witnessed how in the sky a white light, the earthly signal that something was happening off planet. But what was most impressive was the northern lights observed in different countries.

The northern lights and other consequences

From August 28, 1859, in the north of Colombia, in the United States and Canada, in Madrid, Rome and in the Chilean cities of Santiago and Concepción, the auroras were observed.

The records report that the particles that came from the Sun caused the northern lights to be seen at the planet’s equator, phenomena that normally occur only in southern or northern regions, according to National Geographic.

Northern Lights

With the solar storm at its most intense, telegraph systems began to fail throughout Europe and North Americathe communication service of that time.

Live Science explains in a report why the communication networks of 163 years ago collapsed: “The explosion likely spat out a coronal mass ejection that blasted our planet with high-velocity bursts of clouds of superheated plasma.”.

NASA reports reflect that the sunspots they currently monitor are much colder than those of that record from 1859. Therefore, an event like that at this time would be a real catastrophe.

Currently, solar events endanger satellites and communication systems such as radar, but the most damaging radiation is absorbed in the sky long before it touches human skin. The most serious thing that could happen would be a global shutdown of internet services.

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