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NASA Warns of 'Solar Max' and Coronal Mass Ejections

NASA researchers from the Space Weather Prediction Center have issued an ominous warning regarding the sun's cycles and possible "Solar Max" eruptions and coronal mass ejections. After two centuries of observation, scientists have discovered the Sun goes through 11 year long cycles marked by "changes in sunspots or dark, relatively cool areas on the solar face directly linked to magnetic forces."

Joe Kunches of NASA's Space Weather Prediction Center offered to Breitbart a revealing possibility of "draconican effects" of the Sun's latest cycle, which began in 1996 and has stalled for reasons unknown. Kunches stated: "The latest prediction looks at around midway 2013 as being the maximum phase of the solar cycle." Kunches maintained that the Sun could spew coronal mass ejections or "tides of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter" which could cause more than the typical shimmer of auroras, like the Northern Lights and Southern Lights. Kunches warned the coronal mass ejections could release static discharges, geomagnetic storms, and a "solar max" (or the Sun's cycle climax) that could disrupt or completely shut down electronics used for electricity, the internet, satellites, data connections, oil pipelines, gas pipelines, and telecommunications equipment.

Space weather experts from the United States combined forces with the National Academy of Sciences to predict and devise means of handling coronal mass ejections. The group predicted the impact of a major geomagnetic storm could wreak havoc greater than the 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Kunches assured: "I think there is some hyperbole about the draconian effects. On the other hand, there's a lot we don't know about the Sun. Even in the supposedly declining or quiet phase, you can have magnetic fields on the un that get very concentrated and energized for a time, and you can get, out of the blue, eruptive activity that is atypical In short, we have a variable star."

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