Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. These solar flares and coronal mass ejections, or CMEs can hit earth and have serious consequences for humanity.

How exactly do they work, how bad could they be and can we prepare for them?

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      Stupid science Science doesn't know Every second the Sun ' s core sucks 1460 tons of electricity in the Earth ' s core creating tides on Earth

  2. Conor Horgan

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    The Maze runner

  3. Dougie Thompson

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    SCPs don't sound so unbelievable now.

  8. Magic Ghost

    Magic Ghost


    Sun Terminator Event is popping right now. Time to watch this video again.

  9. Theo


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    I, for one, can't wait for the end of civilization.

  10. lootbox


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    So the sun creates EMPs...

  11. Liz Scriven

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  12. Qw3rty YT

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    I feel like the Mayans just got the numbers mixed up for the end of the world, like in 2012 they mixed the 2 and one, here is the fixed dated for the end of the world: 2021

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  25. Hector Rivera

    Hector Rivera

    5 napja

    Hmm, good thing I have my 40k armies and nerf guns in case this happens.

  26. Aliyah plays

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    5 napja

    Ok now I’m in the right channel anyways I’m scared when it turns 2022

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    6 napja

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    6 napja

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  33. Andres Rincon

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    6 napja

    So the 2012 predictions were very close huh

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    6 napja

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    6 napja

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  38. Randomness Rules

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    7 napja

    Shoutout to our heroes in these scenarios, the engineers who work their ass off daily and prepare, and the scientists across world space organizations keeping us up to date on this

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    Anyone notice the UP reference at 2:44?

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    8 napja

    Varför är titeln på svenska när ni pratar engelska i vidion?

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    8 napja

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  52. river


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    i swear to god if a solar storm happens before i go to the UK i will be extremely upset

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    2020: coronavirus 2021: coronal mass ejection

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    Serious concern: How would you do a temporary blackout in a hospital without harming the patients? The hospital's local electricity generator would produce electricity for this time, but wouldn't the hospital equipment like the breathing machine still be damaged in a CME if it have to stay under voltage? Or it wouldn't be a problem because there are no long wires here in it's local electric system, compared to the main electric grid? I don't know. It may have nothing to do with the length of the wires.

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    Hmmm... double corona: Coronavirus + Coronal Mass Ejection

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  66. Aamin Khan

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    11 napja

    What if we start to bury the electric wires under the ground

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    With all the interest and investments governments are making at reducing/preparing for climate change and the next global pandemic, preparing for this should be an absolute top priority. Technology and the modern world will still continue with a pandemic and with climate change, but it won't with a CME. Another preparation we should make is asteroid/meteor defense systems. NASA should put all the research they can in finding out if it is possible to deflect or shift the trajectory of a meteor if it were to hit earth. If the Tunguska Event were to recur today, It is likely (unless it were to impact the oceans) millions of people would die.

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    This channel just makes me really grateful for our atmosphere

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    12 napja

    There’s a movie based on this now on Netflix. Search up ‘Awake’ it’s really good

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  73. Vedant Sapra

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    2:46 LMFAO i just noticed that house from UP

  74. Jacob Stoddard

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  75. some random dude I guess

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    15 napja

    2:50 why is there a house floating around using just balloons

  80. Marcos Andrade

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    16 napja

    "We won't know for sure until a big solar hurricane hits us" he's so chill about it lol

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  82. SpanglishCatto


    17 napja

    Hey! What a coincidence! I'm seeing your cool vid about solar storms on the exact same date! As well as the recent solar storm that happened a few days ago in May 2021!!!

  83. قناة الموسوعات

    قناة الموسوعات

    17 napja

    Can you make some videos about what is the flat earth,convex earth, hollowed earth, concaved earth and donut shaped earth and how to prove that the earth is spherical

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    17 napja

    3:06 nice ice climber refrence

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  87. Player Science

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    17 napja

    5:16 Did anyone noticed that *ALOLAN EXEGGUTOR*

  88. Robbie william Medina

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    17 napja

    Looks like an eye when the earth gor burned before the intro

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    Solar Flares Power Off Solar Power Turn Off

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  91. Collector


    18 napja

    Well... Judging by what I saw, solar flares could be soon.

  92. Gloria George

    Gloria George

    19 napja

    2:48 Nice touch 😉

  93. Nhựt Nguyễn

    Nhựt Nguyễn

    19 napja

    Now that's seem dangerous

  94. Yousuf Ashraf

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    19 napja

    2:43 Did anyone see the house in up?

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    19 napja

    This is what the Maya calendar was talking about in 2012

  96. what's in the name

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  97. Daniel Hardesty

    Daniel Hardesty

    22 napja

    A video on the cascadia subduction zone would be really awesome! This video reminds me of that

  98. Chris Parker

    Chris Parker

    22 napja

    Our sun goes micronova or releases an extreme solar outburst that will surely wipe out civilization.

  99. Amna's Easy Recipes

    Amna's Easy Recipes

    22 napja

    Did he watch UP before creating this video?

  100. Samuel Mason08

    Samuel Mason08

    22 napja

    So we can save the entire world from a complete blackout by just unplugging everything