Solar Storms Pose A Major Threat To US Infrastructures - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Solar Storms Pose A Major Threat To US Infrastructures

Posted: Updated:
Cranford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Solar storms have the potential to wipe out our power grid anywhere from two-weeks to two-years according to a new report.

Members of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. are extremely concerned about the potential damages solar storms can have on the U.S. infrastructure. The group gathers at the Sperry Observatory in Cranford, New Jersey where two of the largest amateur telescopes on the east coast reside in order to monitor the sun and star activity.

Amateur Astronomer Jim Nordhausen explains how these massive telescopes work.

“It looks at only one specific wavelength of light, the hydrogen alpha band admitted by hydrogen when it changes states,” he explained.

In the last week, NASA has even documented huge solar flares happening in our atmosphere. Another Amateur Astronomer, Clif Ashcraft, explained exactly what a solar flare is and how it can affect us.

“It’s where the magnetic field of the sun comes to the surface and where they get twisted up and occasionally break and reconnect. And the energy released when that happens is on the order of 160 billion megatons of TNT,” he said.

While we have never experienced a massive solar storm like scientists are predicting, we did experience a minor solar flare in 1989 which knocked out power in Quebec, Canada and also affected New Jersey’s Salem Nuclear Power Plant by destroying its major transformer.

To better prepare for a solar storm, regulators can put measures in place at our power grid stations which is something that both astronomers and NASA say is extremely important.

Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Robbery Doesn’t Stop Family From Fighting For Childhood Cancer Research

    Robbery Doesn’t Stop Family From Fighting For Childhood Cancer Research

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:49:28 GMT
    4 year-old Natalie Grace Gorsegner of Middletown, New Jersey has been battling cancer for years. She and her family: Andrea, Dan and Hannah have decided to take Natalie's cancer diagnosis as inspiration to help raise money for childhood cancer research.
    4 year-old Natalie Grace Gorsegner of Middletown, New Jersey has been battling cancer for years. She and her family: Andrea, Dan and Hannah have decided to take Natalie's cancer diagnosis as inspiration to help raise money for childhood cancer research.
  • Victims Identified In Fatal Freehold Crash

    Victims Identified In Fatal Freehold Crash

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:48:39 GMT
    Yesterday a press conference was held to address the tragic car accident that killed three people in Freehold earlier in the week. Police say that a Volkswagen Jetta traveling south on Kozloski Road crossed over the yellow line and crashed into an SUV sending that vehicle airborne which then landed on a third car. The three victims in the crash have been identified as 50 year-old Thomas Koller who was in the SUV.
    Yesterday a press conference was held to address the tragic car accident that killed three people in Freehold earlier in the week. Police say that a Volkswagen Jetta traveling south on Kozloski Road crossed over the yellow line and crashed into an SUV sending that vehicle airborne which then landed on a third car. The three victims in the crash have been identified as 50 year-old Thomas Koller who was in the SUV.
  • ACLU Demands Stop To NJDEP Putting SSN On Tickets

    ACLU Demands Stop To NJDEP Putting SSN On Tickets

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:47:27 GMT
    Recently, Chasing New Jersey uncovered a privacy violation by the NJDEP and Parks Police at Liberty State Park. There, police were putting social security numbers on parking tickets and citations that were being left on vehicles for anyone to see. Well now the ACLU has sent a letter to the NJDEP telling them to stop with this practice because it's against people's constitutional rights. ACLU Legal Director Edward Barocas further discussed the organizations involvement.
    Recently, Chasing New Jersey uncovered a privacy violation by the NJDEP and Parks Police at Liberty State Park. There, police were putting social security numbers on parking tickets and citations that were being left on vehicles for anyone to see. Well now the ACLU has sent a letter to the NJDEP telling them to stop with this practice because it's against people's constitutional rights. ACLU Legal Director Edward Barocas further discussed the organizations involvement.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices