Hayabusa, the first spacecraft to return asteroid samples, succeeded despite having its solar panels crippled by solar flare, 2 reaction wheels failing, 2 engines losing power, losing its mini-lander, the intended sampling system failing to deploy, and losing contact with Earth for a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
Mass solar flares from the sun happen quite often and can produce coronal mass injections which can trigger geomagnetic storms that have been known to disable satellites and knock out terrestrial electric power grids for extended periods of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar flare recorded. If this were to happen today, the impact on power grids, telecommunications, internet, crops, satellite communications and GPS systems would be $1 trillion to $2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Today I learned of Toshiba’s 300M yen robbery. In which a man dressed as a police officer intercepted a money delivery under a guise of needing to β€˜inspect’ the car for explosives. After lighting a road flare under the car, the thief drove the car and money to β€˜safety’, never to be seen again. unseenjapan.com/300-milli…
Structural changes on the Sun can occur in as few as 10 minutes. Prominences, spicules, fibrils, and flares become visible on H-alpha filters. Prominences can be seen at the limb as brilliant blobs, as loops or as sprays rasc-vancouver.com/2017/0…
In 2012 there was a massive solar flare, at least as powerful as the Carrington event in 1859. It could have devastated the electrical grid and even disabled the water supply, but missed Earth by a week. The chance of another hit was 12% in the next 10 years. "We need to be prepared." science.nasa.gov/science-…
Proxima Centauri released a flare visible from Earth, that scorched its β€œhabitable” planet Proxima Centauri b, therefore eliminating any chance of habitability phys.org/news/2018-04-pro…
A magnetar star on the other side of the galaxy experienced a "star quake". In a tenth of a second, a flare was released during the quake with more power than what our sun can produce in 150,000 years. nasa.gov/vision/universe/…
With the introduction of small portable solar scopes, hydrogen alpha and calcium filters has now become very popular. H-alpha is in the red end of the visible solar spectrum and it allows one to see solar prominences, filaments, plages and occasional flares on the Sun popastro.com/main_spa1/so…
Microwaving grapes will make them literally burn in flames within seconds, quickly turning the surrounding air into a bright flare of plasma. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
The umbrellabird is a large, tropical species of bird found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Its most distinctive feature is the inflatable wattle on its neck which serves to amplify its loud, booming calls.The male flares its crest into the shape of an umbrella during courtship. a-z-animals.com/animals/u…
The Deep Purple song "Smoke On The Water" is about the Montreaux Casino Fire in 1971, started during a Frank Zappa concert by a fan with a flare gun npr.org/sections/parallel…
In the year 774, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded a "red crucifix" in the sky. Tree rings dated from that year all over the world show a spike in Carbon-14 levels. It is believed that the event was caused by a very strong solar flare, perhaps the strongest ever known en.wikipedia.org/wiki/774…
Today I learned about iridium flares which the phenomenon of parts of satellites reflecting sunlight onto earth, which is visible to the naked eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
In 1971, a crazed fan shot a flare-gun towards Frank Zappa and his band during a concert in Switzerland. The resulting fire injured several audience members, melted the bands equipment, and destroyed the venue. This incident was the inspiration for Deep Purples, 'Smoke On The Water.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In Jan 1991 that then Major Emmitt Tullia flew an F-16 to bomb an oil refinery in Baghdad. Major Tullia evaded 6 SAMs fired at his plane. He did this without countermeasures as his chaff and flares didn't deploy, with his flying skills alone. He was awarded the Distinquished Flying Cross (DFC). youtu.be/2uh4yMAx2UA
TGI Fridays stopped requiring their servers to wear flare because of Office Space cinemablend.com/new/TGI-F…
A massive solar flare in 2012 barely missed earth (by mere days). Had it hit, the power grid would likely have failed, causing unprecedented devastation. Scientists recently determined that it was of similar magnitude as the 1859 Carrington Event. space.com/26669-huge-sola…
There are exactly 1,547 Lens Flares J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Movies cinemablend.com/new/How-M…
A World Cup qualifying match between Chile and Brazil was canceled after an opposing fan hit the Chilean goalkeeper with a flare. Photos later proved that the flare never touched him; he faked the injury with a hidden razor blade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
On July 23, 2012, Earth had a near miss with a solar flare. Had it occurred a week earlier, it would've wiped out communication networks, GPS and electrical grids. nypost.com/2014/07/24/sol…
Today I learned of Marx Jones and Grant Cole, who threw flares and flour bombs from a Cessna aeroplane onto Eden Park in an effort to disrupt the final match of the New Zealand vs South Africa rugby tour nzhistory.govt.nz/media/v…
On May 23rd, 1967 the U.S. air force was set to initiate a nuclear strike against Russia after a sudden disruption of their radar detection systems. They were ordered to stand down after the then recently created Solar Forecasting Center determined that solar flares had caused the disruption gizmodo.com/a-solar-flare…
On August 2nd, 1974 two dozen sea mines exploded at the same time off the coast of Vietnam due to one of the largest solar flares ever reported. spaceweather.com
There was a massive solar flare in 2012 that would've caused around $2.6 trillion of damage to our electrical grid if it had happened just 9 days earlier. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Frank Zappa performed at a Casino in Switzerland when a flare set off by an audience member started a fire that burned down the casino.The event is immortalized in Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
NASA expects a once in a lifetime space storm caused by a solar flare from the sun in 2013. This could cause world wide devastation and billions of dollars in damage. telegraph.co.uk/science/s…
Up until 2006, Russian cosmonauts used to carry triple barreled pistols to space stations (including the ISS) as part of their survival kit. The pistols supported rifle bullets, shotgun shells and flares, and were intended to be used as a defense against predators after the landing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
In 1859, there was a solar flare from the Sun that hit the Earth of which scale if happened today, would heavily jeopardize our entire global telecommunications systems. A flare like that happened in 2012 but missed the Earth. owlcation.com/stem/massiv…
There Is A Possibility That Earth Can Be Hit By A Massive Solar Flare That Can Set Us 100 Years Into The Past By Shorting Out Satellites, Radio Communications & Powergrids Worldwide youtu.be/FW8Rsil0lqk
Today I learned of the Iridium Flare satellites which at certain times at night catch the suns rays and create a momentary streak of light. skyandtelescope.com/obser…
The predictable "Iridium Flares" - reflections of sunlight off the panels of Iridium satellites, are going to be no more, because the new generation of satellites doesn't have the same type of panels. This will be the last year to see them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
A massive solar flare missed the Earth by nine days on July 23rd 2012. Estimated cost of damage was $2.7 trillion dollars, and estimated recovery time was four to ten years. news.berkeley.edu/2014/03…
NASA is creating an "interstellar internet", called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN). It can transmit information through solar storms, solar flares, and even past planets without losing any original data. It successfully sent images to a spacecraft located 20 million miles from earth. nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008…
The United States runs a Space Weather Prediction center that issues watches and warnings on solar flares or geomagnetic storms. swpc.noaa.gov/
The kids in Are You Afraid of the Dark were throwing non dairy creamer on the fire to make it flare up. cinemassacre.com/2014/10/…
During the filming of Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm distracting the dinosaur with a flare was included at Jeff Goldblum's suggestion, as he felt a heroic action was better than going by the original script, where like Gennaro, Malcolm would get scared and run away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
In 1859 there was a solar flare so large that it created a super bright aurora over the entire earth. Miners awoke because they thought it was morning. If happened today it would destroy all satellites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about Iridium Flares- A group of 66 orbiting satellites used for satellite phones. Which because of their shape, can momentarily appear as one of the brightest objects in the sky even being bright enough to be seen in daylight. When viewed, could easily be mistaken for a UFO. skyandtelescope.com/obser…
Air Force one can withstand a nuclear blast from the ground, has 2 exits in the front with fold down stairs so they never rely on airport stairs, along with flares and mirror ball defense technology to scramble infrared missile guidance systems. businessinsider.com/featu…
That if the same solar flare that hit the earth in 1859 were to hit today, it would cause TRILLIONS of dollars in communication and satellite disruptions and would be the largest natural disaster of all time. oecd.org/governance/risk/…
Hunter S Thompson once went to Jack Nicholson's house at dawn with flares, a loaded pistol, a 1MW spotlight and a recording of a pig being eaten by bears, to surprise and amuse Jack and his kids. He finished by leaving an elk heart on their doorstep books.google.com/books?id…
If you have sex with somebody who is allergic to nuts after consuming the Brazil Nut, their allergy will flare up and they may die. This exclusively occurs with Brazil Nuts. Also, its not a nut. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
All aircraft in the Israeli airline El-Al are equipped with flares to protect against missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El-…
Dogs preferred to poop when their bodies were aligned in a north-south direction, as determined by the Earth's magnetic field. They do not show this behavior all of the time due to being very sensitive to solar flare and magnetic storms throwing off the dogs sense of direction. youtube.com/watch?v=CTqmq…
In 1859 a solar flare occurred that was so large it burned out telegraphs, shocked operators, and allowed some to run without power applied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
In July of 2012 the Earth had a near miss with a solar flare that could have sent Earth back to the Dark Ages. nypost.com/2014/07/24/sol…
The sun's largest solar flare in 12 years was filmed from the Swedish Solar Telescope in La Palma. sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/s…
In a 1971 Montreux performance by Frank Zappa's band, someone shot a flare gun and the entire venue burnt down. This even was immortalized in a song by Deep Purple and that song is "Smoke On The Water". youtu.be/XC9Y9Vm066k?t=1m…

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