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Carrington Event: Largest Solar Storm on Record

In 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington saw a beam of white light on the surface of a celestial body. sunThis is what scientists now call the Carrington Event, the largest solar storm ever recorded. It is associated with the extraordinary auroras – the Northern and Southern Lights – which can be seen in the sky near the poles and equator from anywhere from Canada to Australia. The giant solar outburst also caused power outages from Paris to Boston.

While the Carrington incident appears to be a thing of the past, there is concern about what might happen if an event as powerful as (or even stronger than) Carrington strikes Earth Today, humans are much more dependent on electricity.

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