Study raises concern for sun •Superflare•🔥☄️. Astronomers monitoring data from thousands of distant stars have come to an unnerving conclusion: every 2000 to 3000 years, ones just like the sun can produce superflares 100 or more times larger than anything ever recorded in human history.
Such an event, if it were to occur today, would produce a blast of radiation that would destroy satellites, disrupt electronics, knock out communications, and devastate power grids worldwide.
Flares are sudden releases of energy thought to be caused by releases of magnetic energy stored near starspots — the extrasolar equivalent of sunspots. Superflares are simply big versions.
Conventional wisdom held that superflares are a product of young, fast-rotating stars, unlike the sun, which in middle age has seen its rotation slow to about once every 25 days.
The largest flare on record is the Carrington Event, a giant flare observed by English astronomer Richard Carrington in 1859, which created northern lights that spread as far south as Hawaii and southern lights that spread as far north as Santiago, Chile – slightly farther north than the Australian city of Sydney.
We spent the last 2 days staying with families from the Karen (Kah-ren) tribe. We cooked with them, they gave us a geeju blessing to welcome us to their homes, we trekked through the jungle to see the elephants in their natural environment and tried basket weaving with one of the tribe elders...I'm tired, I'm covered in mud and hurting all over but that was amazing!!