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.. coronal mass ejection or CME … solar explosions propel bursts of particles and electromagnetic fluctuations into Earth’s atmosphere. Those fluctuations could induce electric fluctuations at ground level that could blow out transformers in power grids. A CME’s particles can also collide with crucial electronics onboard a satellite and disrupt its systems.In an increasingly technological world, where almost everyone relies on cellphones, and GPS controls not just your in-car map system, but also airplane navigation and the extremely accurate clocks that govern financial transactions, space weather is a serious matter.But it is a problem the same way hurricanes are a problem. One can protect oneself with advance information and proper precautions.
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I would be happy to meet with your group to discuss aspects of space weather (both potential impacts and local preparedness).
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Very much on my mind now is the out-of-control nature of cost growth in the space program. I am a strong believer in the importance of space science research and applying that to society. Yet the cost of the program is becoming so great that I think we’re pricing ourselves out of business. – See more at: http://spacenews.com/daniel-baker-director-laboratory-atmospheric-and-space-physics-lasp-university-colorado/#sthash.esnSgUuK.dpuf
– – –One of the things I ask the participants at our lunch to consider is: Given that CMEs happen to everyone, how should a libertarian world fund the warning system?