Kolkata: There was a huge solar flare in 1859. It was so large that it could be seen with the naked eye. In 1989, a solar storm wiped out Canada's northern electric grid. Canada was out of power for almost three days.
Violent magnetic emissions from the sun could one day destroy all electronic equipment on earth.
An Indian scientist from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research has helped NASA predict when such explosions are likely to happen.
"The activity of the sun affects satellites, air traffic on polar routes, telecommunications. So there is a huge industry in trying to develop forecasting capabilities," said Dibyendu Nandi of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research....more
01:41 PM, Mar 08, 2011