A Superflare from the Sun Could Cause the End of Technological Civilization

The Cosmic Companion
Jun 14 · 4 min read
Solar flares, like this one seen in September 2017, are minuscule in comparison to superflares. New research shows our Sun could, one day, release a superflare that could have an enormous impact on our technological civilization.
This solar flare, recorded by The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, was the most powerful solar flare ever recorded, coming from the Sun. Image credit: NASA/SOHO

An artist’s conception of superflares wreaking havoc with a nearby planet. Although Earth is far enough away from the Sun to retain our atmosphere during an occurrence like this, our electronic devices might be decimated. Image credit: NASA, ESA and D. Player

One of the most mysterious sources of superflares is found within the Crab Nebula. Credit: NASA

The Cosmic Companion

Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time

The Cosmic Companion

Written by

James Maynard is the author of two books, and thousands of articles about space and science. E-mail: thecosmiccompanion@gmail.com

The Cosmic Companion

Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time