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So how about that the sun is shooting out an explosive.
Solar flare powerful enough to disrupt radio communications -- -- you're up.
And remnants of that thunderstorm.
Made me reach earth just in time for the fourth of July solar fireworks display eight.
CNN -- -- not eating contest court -- joins me now editor in chief of Discover Magazine tell what.
First of all you think you know we forget that we are completely at the mercy of the thought.
The sun is the thing with the -- is the constant you know he -- every morning same every day.
But if you look at some of the different way like these pictures you're just showing.
There's special tells -- look -- ultraviolet light that shows.
The violent activity on the sun and the sun goes through.
Peaks and valleys over eleven years if it comes the sun does a little bit crazy.
We're headed toward one of those crazy -- right now called solar maximum happened next may and during that time that is there a lot more eruptions on the sun.
And -- -- -- called space weather turbulent space weather.
It's actually chunks of the sun's atmosphere.
Flying out into space it speeds up to -- a thousand -- -- 2000 miles a second and then when it hits the earth.
That's when the real fireworks aren't.
Thousand miles -- second and you say that one of these solar eruptions which is known as a coronal mass ejection.
Or -- the -- need to folks are familiar with these terms it can wait five trillion tons which is just hard to.
The wrap your brain around and it.
The senate so big that these numbers are really very hard isn't about them.
The thing you really need to understand -- It merely at the sun there the -- is a hundred times as wide as the earth and -- -- our entire planet would fit into one of those little curly cues in that picture.
So that the amount of energy and power that's coming at us is tremendous and you know it's invisible that I cannot that we -- with these telescopes.
What do you think it has a -- in the fourth of July and you know what what should we be concerned about.
Well you know this is one of those things where you know -- -- technology allows us to get these incredible pictures of the sun technologies also makes us to vulnerable we had gotten.
Satellites in orbit we have power grids all the things are sensitive to.
Magnetic storms from the sun.
What the satellites let us do is they give us an advance warning you can.
You can shut down satellites put -- in -- protected mode or that and the grid operators can you can just things so the forecasts helped.
But every once in awhile there's a storm so big that it can cause.
-- simply global blackout.
The last -- happened about a 150 years ago in an 1859.
And that's the thing people are really worried about that's we really want to see coming because imagine.
If they got things aren't -- -- I don't exact nitrogen is sort of you know earth weather knocking out power in one city.
Space -- -- power around the world that's what people are worried about how -- that.
Well we know what happens Wilson and it doesn't happen that often and the hope is that with more satellites like into -- that you're seeing.
As the Japanese satellite high note and at and at an American satellite called SDO.
They're they're watching their monitoring -- trying to give us advance warning but honestly.
Yeah if you advance warning with us so much of something that they had.
You point out -- could fit inside one of those little loops that we're seeing so if they decide to act out it's a whole lot we're gonna really know that you think Corey for that enlightening Melamine and technical briefing on the fourth of July weekend weren't good at the.
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