‘Internet apocalypse’ could come to Earth with next solar storm, new research warns – .

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‘Internet apocalypse’ could come to Earth with next solar storm, new research warns – .


The sun is always showering Terre with a haze of magnetized particles called the solar wind. For the most part, our planet magnetic shield prevents this electric wind from causing real damage to the Earth or its inhabitants, instead sending these particles to the poles and leaving behind a pleasant aurore in their wake.

But sometimes, every century or so, that wind degenerates into a veritable solar storm – and, as new research presented in the SIGCOM 2021 data communications conference warns that the results of such extreme space weather could spell disaster for our modern way of life.

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