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A Massive Sun Storm Hit Earth in Ancient Times...And It Could Happen Again

A new study finds that a gigantic solar storm hit Earth about 2,600 years ago, one about 10 times stronger than any solar storm recorded in the modern day and could wreak havoc if they were to hit now, given how dependent the world has become on electricity.

"Today, we have a lot of infrastructure that could be badly damaged, and we travel in air and space where we are much more exposed to high-energy radiation," senior study author Raimund Muscheler an environmental physicist at Lund University in Sweden, told Live Science.

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A "solar perfect storm" could easily end civilization as we know it - which is why we need to preserve as much of our accumulated knowledge and culture in low-tech form, namely, books and CDs and DVDs.
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