When we think of an apocalypse, we typically think of something that is similar to an extinction level event. Something like an asteroid of nuclear bomb that just obliterates the majority of the human population.
But what if there is something else at play that would cause an apocalypse of sorts? What if, the internet not working for several months were to occur? It sounds silly to call something like that an apocalypse, but let’s think about it for a moment. How many people depend on the internet day in and day out? I don’t mean people using social media and streaming shows. I mean literally depending on it for their income. There are a lot of people like that now.
Well, apparently this is something that NASA sees could possible happen in the near future and they are trying to stop it from happening.
A groundbreaking mission by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) has successfully ventured through solar wind for the first time aiming to prevent people on earth being unable to get on the internet.
Scientists have issued warnings about the potential impact of a solar storm, commonly referred to as an “internet apocalypse,” which could strike within the next decade.
The spacecraft, which was launched five years ago, went on a remarkable journey which took it close to the sun’s surface, where solar wind is generated.
Solar wind consists of a continuous stream of charged particles emanating from the sun’s outermost atmosphere, known as the corona.
Despite the extreme conditions of intense heat and radiation, the Parker Solar Probe persevered to gather crucial insights into the workings of the sun.
Professor Stuart Bale, the lead author of the study and affiliated with California University in the United States, explained the significance of understanding solar wind.
He said: “Winds carry lots of information from the sun to Earth. So understanding the mechanism behind the sun’s wind is important for practical reasons on Earth.
“That’s going to affect our ability to understand how the sun releases energy and drives geomagnetic storms – which are a threat to our communication networks.”
Such an event could leave people without internet access for months or even years, rendering satellites and power lines useless.