Our planet, the world and we the living beings-all almost had come to an end two years ago but our Earth turned out to be fortunate enough to escape a strong and fierce solar storm.
“Luckily for us, it missed our home planet. If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” said Daniel Baker, researchers at Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics of the University of Colorado.
“If the storm had erupted a week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire,” Baker said.
The scientists all over the world said the Earth had a narrow escape in 2012 as the solar flare was very massive and dangerous but we were fortunate to miss it by nine days. Yes, the scientists said, had the solar storm arrived nine days earlier it would have wiped out power grids, radio communications and Global Positioning Station (GPS) systems and other modern infrastructures on Earth.
The condition could had been so horrible that access to all electrical items that require power sockets including our computers could have suffered a total blackout.
The NASA estimates suggest the solar storm would have caused a whopping USD 2 trillion worth of damage.
The 2012 event could have defeated the solar flare of 1859, Carrington event, which is considered to be the strongest till date.
The researchers explain if the Earth had been in the path of the storm we would have been hit by the massive solar flare first.
Solar flare is an enormous blast of radiation or a large burst of x-ray and light energy that comes from the sun. Its actual cause is still unclear for the scientists who have been investigating it for long. But preliminary they assume solar flares are result of fluctuations in the magnetic field of the sun.