You weather phenomena faced by Brazilians in recent weeks made many people think about the serious climate changes that the world has been going through. According to scientist and professor Peter Becker, humanity will face a real apocalypse between 2024 and 2025. As a result, the internet will stop working for several months, as will GPS systems, in addition to the breakdowns faced by electrical networks.
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The scientist studies solar activity and aims to anticipate and alert authorities about the occurrence and intensity of solar storms. When very intense, solar storms send coronal mass (EMC) to Earth, directly interfering with the planet's magnetic field.
Due to this, communication facilities and power stations are affected. “The internet came of age during a time when the Sun was relatively calm. Now, he's entering a more active time,” Becker said in an interview with Fox Weather.
Solar superstorm could happen by 2025
According to Becker, a solar superstorm already occurred in 1859. At the time, sparks flew from the telegraph lines and some operators were electrocuted, as the wires carried high voltage. “This shouldn’t happen, but variations in magnetic field they became so strong that they almost became a generator (of electricity)”, he explained.
Therefore, a new peak in solar flares similar to that of 1859 should occur, as indicated by the research by Becker and the study group at George Manson University and the Naval Research Laboratory in the United States United. To try to reduce the effects, the team is trying to create a system that will alert the population about the solar superstorm around 18 hours before it starts.
Alert aims to reduce damage
The scientist explained that the beam from a solar explosion reaches Earth in 8 minutes, marking an interruption of the magnetic field between 18 and 24 hours. Becker explains that warning is essential so that gadgets can be switched off and avoid being burned.
“There are things that can be done to mitigate the problem, and the alert is one of them. In the long term, we talk about strengthening the internet. The project would act as an insurance policy. You may never need it, but it would cost trillions,” he argued.