NASA warned that a solar storm that’s similar to the in 1859 Carrington Event would eventually lead to the decimation of Earth.
But there’s a Harvard professor who became famous for him Oumuamua extrasolar asteroid theory, and he came with a proposal. He seems to have a $100 billion solution to the catastrophe.
If you’re not familiar with the Carrington event, here are a few words about what had happened. Back on September 1, 1859, an amateur astronomer called Richar Carrington spotted an unusual cluster of sunspots.
The star erupted in a flash, and a massive amount of energy that was stored in the Sun’s magnetic field has been released.
This led to the propelling of a massive amount of energy on a collision course with our planet.
According to Express.co.uk, Carrington had witnessed a solar flare and the coronal mass ejection that would hit Earth 17 hours later.
The whole thing resulted in a geomagnetic storm that had such a strength that made it become global news.
What would happen now?
The online publication mentioned above notes that in our days, in a world increasingly reliant on technology, the consequences of a similar solar storm hitting the planet would be far more damaging, according to Professor Abraham Loeb, chair of Harvard’s Astronomy Department.
Professor Loeb told Express.co.uk: “A Carrington-type event would cost roughly $2-3trillion [£1.5- 2.3trillion] told, in terms of infrastructure damage.”
He continued and said, “This includes damage to global supply chains, communication satellites, electric power grids, and so forth. And of course we rely on technology more and more as time goes on, so the economic damage would be even greater in the future.”
A potential solution
ProfessorLoeb also has a possible solution for preventing such a disaster: deflecting the blob of energetic particles away from our planet.
The solution – the magnetic deflector project – would reportedly cost around $100 billion.
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