NASA Warns Solar Storms Could Wreak Havoc on Gadgets, Satellites
Countless aspects of our daily lives -- from driving to directing military activity -- depend on the satellites that orbit around our planet. When charged particles are blasted into space due to a sunspot eruption, these solar ions can knock out our beloved satellites. In other words, there's reason to worry, especially since, as DVICE reports, a major sun storm could cause $2 trillion in damages.
Thankfully, NASA scientists put their noggins together at a conference on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The solution, it seems, boils down to devising better methods of predicting onslaughts of solar storms. Satellites could be put into a "safe mode," or even moved out of a fiery plume's path. Let's just hope astrophysicists are better at predicting weather patterns in space than our local meteorologist here on Earth. [From: Space.com, via: DVICE]