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  1. #1 Massive Solar Flare 
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    I probably won't explain my question very well but here goes. I've seen a few shows on T.V. about a Massive Global Extinction Event due to massive solar flares and according to nasa scientists and others, there is a large hole in our magnetosphere at our north pole which seems to be getting bigger. They also made statements that they were expecting major solar flare activity around the year 2012 as per scientific study and or data leaning toward the possibility of massive global extinction due to the shear size of these flares. On another show with Jesse Ventura he was talking about the government creating large underground bunkers just for such an event which doesn't validate anything since it's show on T.V. Now with that being said My question to all of you is this....If it is possible for a solar flare or cluster of solar flares to wipe out all life on the surface of the earth is underground bunkers a viable option for the survival of our species or any way of using todays scientific knowledge or technology to make shielding to lessen the radiation. If Underground bunkers are the solution at what depth would you have to be in order to survive the radiation? Please move this to the proper category if it's not Thanks


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    To my knowledge, there is no way to predict solar activity with any accuracy. It's precisely because there is so little known about solar flares and predicting them, that they are common 2012 pseudo-theories; something which is not generally understood cannot be easily refuted, so it is easy to simply claim to know something which scientists cannot argue against.

    With of without the magnetosphere, incredibly few particles can pass through our atmosphere and cause any damage. Even if these 'predictions' came true, there would be no real problem.

    Underground bunkers are more likely aimed at surviving nuclear war.


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    Thank you for your response....so you believe that it's totally impossible for any size solar flare to burn away our atmosphere?
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    I will start by asking how old the program was. I'll bet the prediction relys on solar cycle 24 to have already started. The sun is still very quiet right now. Possibly the lowest activity in our observed history since the early 1800's, and if it continues, since the Maunder Minimum.
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    Thank you for your response....so you believe that it's totally impossible for any size solar flare to burn away our atmosphere?
    I would agree to solar flare.

    Large enough CME... Maybe. It would have to be a really big one though.

    Coronal Mass Ejections are a relatively new in understanding of what they are. I don't think anyone knew they existed until we had satellites accidently catch them in action. Now we look for them.

    NASA: Cartwheel Coronal Mass Ejection

    Windows to the Universe: Coronal Mass Ejections

    Science at NASA: A Surprising CME

    Science at NASA: Solar Superstorm

    As for a 2012 prediction, there is effectively no solar activity since 2008. Look at the area covered in previous years. NASA image from Wiki; Solar Cycle:



    From the same Wiki link, the magnetic image ends about August 2009. Please note the complete lack of overlap like the same area of change about 1989. No near equatorial magnetic fields present for a year, and no fields around +/- 20 to 30 degrees either at mid 2009:

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