A violent solar storm could “knock out” the Internet for weeks, starting in 2024

A violent solar storm could “knock out” the Internet for weeks, starting in 2024

Solar storms emit energetic particles (Image: NASA, reproduction)

Researchers at George Mason University in the United States have warned that violent solar storms are becoming increasingly common. Between 2024 and 2028, it could interfere with internet, radio and geolocation signals, and could even “block” the internet for weeks or months.

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Peter A says: Baker, a professor in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the lead researcher on the topic, said the Internet was not designed to handle this level of interference. A solar storm can emit radiation, electrons, protons and other high-energy particles, which are thrown into space and can affect these technologies. It is estimated that this activity will reach Earth in less than one day.

The period between 2024 and 2028 is the period in which the Internet could be completely cut off for weeks to months in the event of a very severe storm, says the researcher.

This scenario could cause, according to him, an unprecedented catastrophe. It points to society’s dependence on the Internet and other technologies that could be affected.

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The storm may occur sooner than expected

According to information received from capital CitiesThe Space Weather Prediction Center of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, states that Solar Cycle 25, which predicts a giant solar storm, should occur earlier than expected.

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Initially, studies showed that solar activity of this magnitude and this effect would not occur until July 2025. But the researcher indicates that the most intense phase of the storm will be next year.

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