Narrowly Avoiding Global Blackout: Earth Just Missed the Most Powerful Solar Flare Ever Recorded

According to a new report from NASA, the Earth barely escaped a massive solar storm that could have knocked “modern civilization back to the 18th century.” On July 23, 2012, two giant plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), erupted from the sun to form an unusually large solar storm. At the time, the earth was facing away from the blast of the CMEs. However, if the flares had occurred one week earlier, the electromagnetic ejections would have caused trillions of dollars of damage to the planet. NASA reported: “Analysts believe that a direct hit by an extreme CME such as the one that missed Earth in July 2012 could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps.” Physicists were particularly surprised by the strength of the CME given that the sun is in its weakest solar cycle in a century

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Jenny Morgan’s Portraits.

Jenny Morgan’s portraits are stately hypotheticals into the personality of the individual represented.  Morgan chooses friends she is not well acquainted with to increase the mysteriousness of the work, but also she sands away slightly at the canvas which puts forth a sense of “digging away” at knowing something.  Perhaps like an archaeologist might slow dust away layers of dirt to discover a long lost treasure.  See more of Jenny’s work below:

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