We love the sun at Smart Commercial Solar, but it's obviously not without it's dangers. Solar storms can be disruptive and illustrate the fact that we have a massive power plant at the centre of our solar system. In a technologically advanced age this brings some risks. Here's an excerpt from Gizmodo about the risks and what we can do about them:
Every 100 years or so, our Sun gives off a great big belch that sends an intense wave of charged particles towards Earth. This wasn't a problem in the past, but our high-tech civilisation is now disturbingly vulnerable to these solar storms. A new study quantifies the economic risks posed by these extreme solar storms, while also proposing a super-futuristic solution to the problem: An Earth-sized shield built in outer space.
The term "solar storm" is used to identify the various nasties the Sun can hurl our way, including X-rays, charged particles and magnetised plasma. In 1859, a series of powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs) hit our planet head on, disrupting telegraph stations and causing widespread communication outages. If we were to be hit by an equally powerful solar storm today, it would knock out satellites and electrical grids, disrupting global communications, transportation and supply chains. Total worldwide losses could reach up to $US10 trillion ($13 trillion), with recovery taking many years.