SolderSmoke: Super Solar Storms May Not Be So Rare

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bill Meara who shares the following article from the SolderSmoke Podcast:

Super Solar Storms May Not Be So Rare

Yesterday’s Washington Post had a good story about large solar storms. We are all aware of the Carrington Event (September 1859) but there were others. The Japanese painting above depicts an event of February 4, 1872.

From the Washington Post article:

Around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, 1872, the sky above Jacobabad suddenly brightened, as if a portal to heaven had opened. A passerby watched in amazement and terror, while a pet dog became motionless, then trembled. The godly glow morphed, from red to bright blue to deep violet, until morning.

Electric communication cables mysteriously glitched in the Mediterranean, around Lisbon and Gibraltar, London and India. Confused telegraph operators in Cairo reported issues in sending messages to Khartoum. One incoming message asked what was the big red glow on the horizon — a fire or a faraway explosion?

This of course reminded me of the event that I witnessed as a teenager in New York in 1972:

That post has resulted in a steady stream of comments, mostly from non-hams. Apparently people remember seeing the event, then search the web for clues as to what it was. Google brings them to that post on the SolderSmoke Daily News. The comments are usually along the lines of, “Wow! I saw it too!” Very cool.

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3 thoughts on “SolderSmoke: Super Solar Storms May Not Be So Rare

  1. Perry Lusk

    Something possessed me to wake up around 1:00PM that morning in 1989 and go outside. I have never before or since then decided to to this. I witnessed the Northern Lights in Phoenix. There had to be some sense causing me to wake up and do this only that night.

  2. Hank

    The scientists who determine the age of old wood, charcoal, and body parts using the Carbon-14 isotope have been “correcting” their prior age estimations using old tree rings. Trees that were alive during a solar storm have increased Carbon-14 in that particular years tree ring. Their logbooks of tree rings show many solar storms, and also non-sun Gamma Ray Burst years.


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