Sunday, February 20, 2011

Space storms threaten technology ( NASA/ BBC)

Space storms threaten technologie...

Space storms, sparked by massive eruptions on the sun, pose a large threat to technology on Earth, a US expert has said, following a large solar flare earlier this week.

Thomas Bogdan, the director of the Space Weather Prediction Centre at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), said global positions systems, satellite delivered systems and the power grid are all at risk from solar flares.

Experts experience difficulties predicting space storms, and forecasting such events is "not as good as it needs to be", he added.