Carrington event

In 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed a huge solar flare.  The following day, Northern Lights were visible in Cuba, telegraph stations sparked and caught on fire. It was so bright you could read a newspaper at night by the light in the sky. If a similar “event” happened today, we could expect to be in the dark ages for months, maybe even years. Ponder – life without TV, cell phones, internet, heat, light, or gasoline (the pumps are electric) Imagine, no ATM. Imagine life without everything we take for granted.


Yellowstone Super Volcano

Picture of a Yellowstone geyser, part of a round-up of the best science discoveries of 2011

Steam rises from Castle Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (file photo).

The Yellowstone volcano is considered to be the largest volcano in the world. It last erupted 70,000 years ago. Most people picture a mountain when they think of a volcano, Yellowstone is almost flat, completely underground. The caldera is over 50 miles wide, and has been rising several inches a year since 2004. An eruption would be very, very bad. It would make Mt. St. Helens look like a  child’s pop gun going off.