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Extreme space weather threatens to leave the U.S. in the dark

September 7, 2014

Note: Extreme space weather has the potential to cause system-wide failures for GNSS.

Washington Post Editorial Board 9 August 2014 – You probably haven’t noticed, but the sun has been more restless lately. Scientists have been predicting an upswing in volatile solar behavior, resulting in “space weather” that poses a surprisingly dangerous threat to modern society. A big “coronal mass ejection” is one of the least commonly discussed natural hazards humanity faces, but experts warn that “everything that plugs into a wall socket” could be at risk if the products of one hit the planet

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