…Sun is Responsible Again…
Once again, the sun has reached out and touched the Earth.
As many as forty low-earth orbiting satellites are falling to Earth after their launch.
There have been numerous well-documented examples of how the sun has affected the Earth, and this latest example should bring people’s attention to why the sun is probably the real cause of climate change.
Space-X launched 49 Starlink satellites into low-earth orbit on February 3, but a solar storm, the following day, caused 40 of them to fall to Earth. Each Starlink satellite is 10.5 by 5.5 feet in size, and weigh’s 573 pounds.
This picture may be of debris from the launch falling back to Earth.
Here is NOAA’s explanation as to why the satellites fell:
“During [magnetic] storms, the currents in the ionosphere, as well as the energetic particles that precipitate into the ionosphere add energy in the form of heat that can increase the density and distribution of density in the upper atmosphere, causing extra drag on satellites in low-earth orbit.”
And here is the scale for geomagnetic storms, from G1, rated as minor, to G5, rated as the worst:
This flare was rated a G1. During the eleven-year solar cycle, NOAA expects there will be 1,700 minor G1 flares.
How has the sun affected the Earth in the past?
A direct linkage between the sun and climate was identified by William Herschel (1738-1822), an astronomer, when he established that the price of grains, such as wheat, correlated with the number of sun spots: High prices, few sunspots. Low prices, many sunspots.
As indicated by the above table, solar flares are fairly common.
However, the solar flare in 1859, i.e., the Carrington Event, wreaked havoc with the telegraph system. Then another solar storm in 1892 caused the newly invented telephone system to fail with clicking and ringing noises.
And another solar storm in 1989 created a 9 hour blackout in Quebec, Canada, and also caused a transformer in New Jersey to melt and fail.
The little ice age has been attributed to a dearth of sunspots, known as the Maunder Minimum, as shown in the next figure.
(The book Net-zero Carbon, the Climate Policy Destroying America, describes some of these events in greater detail.)
Why is there a fixation on CO2 levels when history has shown temperatures have not been dependent on CO2 levels? Temperatures have been higher than today for long periods over the past 10,000 years, while CO2 levels have remained relatively constant at 280 parts per million until the mid 1800s.
While the media harangues people about CO2, the numerous examples of where the sun has affected conditions on the Earth have been largely ignored. The falling satellites are news, so they couldn’t be ignored.
The sight of forty falling satellites is merely the latest example of how the sun affects the atmosphere.
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