Scientists are concerned about a DEVASTATING explosion of radiation that erupted from a star 100 light-years away.
According to experts, a similar solar storm directed at us from the sun would have sent humanity back to the Dark Ages.
It would destroy satellites in space and bring down electrical systems servicing whole cities, resulting in widespread blackouts and the failure of phone networks.
A stellar outburst was discovered for the first time in a neighboring star system, according to a study released this week.
EK Draconis – Latin for “dragon” – is the name of the star from which it arose. It may be seen in the constellation Draco in the far northern sky.
The stunning fireworks display was hailed as “troubling” by astronomers, who warned that a comparable event might occur on Earth within the next century.
The sun produces such eruptions on a regular basis, which are known as CMEs (coronal mass ejections).
They are made up of clouds of incredibly hot particles, or plasma, that travel at millions of kilometers per hour through space.
And they have the potential to be awful news. A large CME is emitted in our direction every 100 years or so.
“Coronal mass ejections can have a catastrophic impact on Earth and human culture,” said study co-author Dr. Yuta Notsu of the University of Colorado Boulder.
The worldwide team employed terrestrial and space-based observatories to examine the incredible explosion of radiation emitted by EK Draconis, which resembles a newborn sun.
It spewed quadrillions of kilos of searing plasma, more than 10 times the previous record from a sun-like star.
Experts predict that towards the end of the century, we will be slammed by a cataclysmic solar storm.
According to study leader Kosuke Namekata, a Ph.D. student at Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory, it might be equally as powerful.
Dr. Notsu stated: “It might serve as a warning about how dangerous space weather can be.
“This type of large mass ejection might hypothetically occur on our Sun as well.
“This discovery may also help us comprehend how comparable occurrences may have influenced Earth and possibly Mars over billions of years.”
He said that CMEs frequently occur immediately after a star emits a flare, or a quick and intense explosion of radiation that may spread far into space.
Earlier research by the same group discovered that young sun-like stars everywhere around the galaxy are subjected to frequent’superflares.’
They are similar to our own solar flares, but tens or hundreds of times more powerful.
Such a superflare might hypothetically occur on Earth’s sun, resulting in an equally massive CME.
“Superflares are significantly larger than the flares we see from the sun,” Dr. Notsu explained.
“As a result, we anticipate they would create substantially larger mass ejections.” But, until recently, that was simply speculation.”
He called EK Draconis a “strange star.” It is almost the same size as the sun, yet it is just 100 million years old.
“It’s what our sun looked like 4.5 billion years ago,” Dr. Notsu stated.
Last winter and spring, the researchers observed the star for 32 nights.
“Previously, we thought Mars had a considerably thicker atmosphere.” Coronal mass ejections may aid in our understanding of what occurred to the planet over billions of years.”
Researchers at the US Geological Survey warned two years ago that a solar storm may reach us at any time – with no certainty that we’ll see it coming.
They investigated the New York Railroad Storm, which caused widespread darkness in the northeastern United States in May 1921.
According to the paper, three massive CMEs attacked Earth at the same time, energizing the planet’s magnetic field and wreaking extensive devastation.
If it happened now, the cost would be in the trillions of dollars.