It’s a question I ask myself with regularity and a constant reminder that some of humanity’s biggest threats come from outer space. More specifically, the biggest threat to our technological civilization comes from our star—Sol.
At any moment a coronal mass ejection (CME) could erupt from the sun and fry all of our electronics. Military adversaries can also do this with an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP), but these blasts are localized.
An EMP would work by discharging the EMP in a specific area. All unshielded electronics and electrical systems within the blast radius would become non-functional, but could later be repaired.
The stakes become much higher when we are talking about the same type of electro-magnetism coming from a star.
This type of electromagnetic radiation would likely cover most, if not all, of the planet and could send us back into the stone age.
No matter the source of an electromagnetic pulse, one thing is certain: we are sitting ducks who are woefully unprepared for such an event.
CMEs strike the planet all the time. We experienced one in the 1800s, but because there was not a preponderance of digital technology or even widespread electricity, this didn’t matter. Telegraph lines were fried, but so what?
Today, this couldn’t be further from the case. We are a technological civilization reliant on ever-advancing, ever-increasing technology. Technology, electricity, and electronics are present in every aspect of our lives.
Tucker Carlson recently sat down with famed actor Dennis Quaid to discuss solutions for this ever-present problem; Quaid has a company that aims to tackle the persistent danger posed by CMEs. Here’s what he had to say:
Ep. 64 At some point America’s power grid will fail. What happens then? Dennis Quaid on a risk the government seems to be ignoring. pic.twitter.com/EzX2e4NfU2
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 13, 2024
Late last year, Fox Weather reported:
The space agency released images Thursday, which NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center called the largest solar flare since Sept. 10, 2017.
The flare was reported as an X2.8, which is among the most intense events and sent a burst of radiation hurtling toward Earth.
On Thursday, Solar Ham reported one such coronal mass ejection event: “A filament located in the northeast quadrant erupted this morning at 05:30 UTC (Jan 11). A coronal mass ejection (CME) is visible in the latest coronagraph imagery, but so far appears to be headed mostly away from Earth. A further update will be provided if necessary.”
A filament located in the northeast quadrant erupted this morning at 05:30 UTC (Jan 11). A coronal mass ejection (CME) is visible in the latest coronagraph imagery, but so far appears to be headed mostly away from Earth. A further update will be provided if necessary. pic.twitter.com/hpGGgyrgtL
— SolarHam (@SolarHam) January 11, 2024
— Spruntz (@spruntz) January 11, 2024
Coronal Mass Ejection summer 2011. pic.twitter.com/aZtod9TVYL
— Darren 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@scabbyhabby) January 9, 2024
A remarkable closeup footage of a sun showing coronal mass ejection. This one is pretty terrifying and i do get the feeling that the Sun would explode anytime. pic.twitter.com/hDxM40Qz0N
— Waleed (@AnimalMan7) January 11, 2024
Earlier this month, Newsweek revealed:
Even so, Sunday’s X-class flare was the strongest on record since the start of the current solar cycle, which began in December 2019. Heightened activity is expected to last until October.