Killer solar storms? Sorry, not going to happen

THERE’S A LOT OF NONSENSE flying around at the moment about the supposed arrival of a killer solar storm season next year.

As this NASA video points out, there is no expectation that Earth is in any danger. In fact, according to NASA, there “simply isn’t enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth.”

Story by Jonathan Nally. Image and video courtesy NASA / GSFC.

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  1. Pete says:

    I’ve been part of the planet hunters movement for quite a while (check out planethunters.org if you’d like to help!).

    While the data so far leads mainly to gas giants and brown dwarfs, that’s really just a limitation of our current technology, not an indication that there aren’t any earth-like planets out there. The fact that we’re finding *any* planets at all is a wonderful testament to the stunning technology and audacity of those astronomers and scientists who do the hard work so we can play in their sandbox!

    I’ve heard it mentioned from time to time that the (in)famous “Drake Equation” is “dead” (or invalid/unreasonable/etc.) (Do a search on “drake equation”, you’ll find heaps of info about it)

    While it’s really a philosophical tool, not an actual verifiable equation, I get the strong feeling that every exoplanet we find adds more information to the pool of knowledge, and helps refine some of the parameters of the equation. And that’s gotta be a good thing!

  2. blackcats says:

    Thanks Johnathon.

  3. Jonathan Nally says:

    Hi Blackcats,
    If by “Earthlike” we mean blue skies and green grass and birds flying around, well, I think the chances are pretty small that we’d find an identical planet. But I’d be amazed if there weren’t another planet substantially similar to Earth out there somewhere, even though the chances of finding it any time soon are probably pretty remote. Most of the planets we find are likely to be un-Earthlike. But over the next 20 years, I expect we’ll have a catalogue of probably thousands of planets — if not more — and there could be one in that lot that looks something like home.
    Cheers,
    Jonathan

  4. blackcats says:

    Also enjoy your website Jon N.Do you believe there is another planet like Earth out there.If so how long before we find it.

  5. Jonathan Nally says:

    You’re very welcome. Kudos to the people who put it all together.
    Cheers,
    J

  6. Jon Matthews says:

    Fantastic to watch and listen to. The moon video was extraordinary. Thank you for making this available for us to see all this amazing stuff through your wonderful technology. It must be wonderful and extremely satisfying to be part of all this. Cheers, Jon.