Is this a joke post? I can't tell if this is a joke post or not. Either way, it's stupid.
You'll think otherwise come 2012...
The current solar minimum is particularly... minimal.
Yeah, that's now
, but the last solar maximum occurred in 2001, they switch every 11 or 13 years or so.
Also you would have gained extra TERROR points by mentioning the solar flare that took down the telegraph in 19th century, setting telegraph poles ablaze in some places or even powering the telegraph by induced current alone in others.
Didn't know this, though curiosity got the best of me and I decided to travel BACK IN TIME
, or just go a mouse click away and read about it. Either would work.
Putting a magnet over a wire causes an electric current to flow inside the wire, which is what happened in the 1800's with the telegraph when the solar flare caused a magnetic storm in the Earth's atmosphere, affecting thousands of miles of telegraph wires, nearly electrocuting telegraph operators and could run powerless without a battery.
Though, in 1940 another magnetic storm occurred and affected wires under the ocean, short-wave broadcasts were blocked for hours during the time as 2,600 volts surged through the cable between Scotland and Newfoundland.
Though in theory, a solar flare can always wipe out satellites since they are above the Earth's protective atmosphere, making them vulnerable to high levels of radiation and high-energy electrons.
For example, in 1997 an AT&T satellite experienced a massive power failure due to a solar storm that occurred a few days prior, granted the Sun wasn't in the Solar maximum stage yet until later in 2001. It can happen at any time, though it is more likely to during a solar maximum, which just so happens to be in 2012.