Solar Storms

Written by Sierra Brown.


A very common form of 'space weather' phenomenon which affects spacecraft, stations, and planets in range of the flare.

 
 

Throughout space, various forms of 'space weather' manifest and take shape. Among these are Solar Storms - A sudden flash of electrons, ions, and atoms through a star's corona and into outer space., typically coupled with electromagnetic radiation. The rarity or commonality of these storms can vary from star to star, from almost non-existent to a regular event.

Manifestation

Due to the vast variety of appearances of stars themselves, Solar Storms can also vary widely in appearance. Typically, storms that are visible manifest in the same colors as their parent star and at a much higher level of brightness at their source, though most storms emit energy outside of the visible spectrum and can only be detected using special instruments. Solar Storms can have a variety of effects on planets, ships, and stations. Most notable are the creation of radiation and electromagnetic hazards which can damage or disable stations, satellites, and ships, or cause severe radiation sickness among crews - Even those that are shielded from such events if the storm is powerful enough. Some storms are also able to penetrate planetary magnetospheres, disrupting electrical systems.

Localization

While the rarity of Solar Storms can vary, every Solar Storm in the galaxy eminates from an existing star. Because of this such storms are typically only ever seen within or near star systems before the energy is dispersed to negligible levels, with the void between systems only showing traces of the strongest solar storms.

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3 Aug, 2018 23:03

Sounds like it would be a terrifying place to live if one were near a star with frequent solar storms. How do people avoid them, how are they even predicted (if predictable at all)? Also, are there seasons for the solar storms, times when they're more likely to happen (sort of goes with the forecasting part)?   I also adore the style/formatting you have. Putting related appendix, table of context, and other small features to make the article not only more comprehensive, but cleaner to look at and go through.

3 Aug, 2018 23:28

It's not currently possible to reliably predict when a solar flare is going to happen, but once a flare starts it's easier to predict how strong it might be and where the flare and storm are going to go. These predictions come from satellites and stations that are constantly monitoring stars for signs of flares and other solar activity and, unless someone's flying dangerously close to the sun or a flare is particularly powerful, there's usually enough warning between when a storm is detected and when it'll reach a given station, ship, or planet in the system.

 

There aren't any real 'seasons' where solar storms are more or less common - It's more dependent on the makeup and age of the star, to my understanding of solar flares as they apply in real life.

3 Aug, 2018 23:36

Solar seasons: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/1999/ast22jul99_1

8 Aug, 2018 18:34

Well, TIL. I'll do a bit more digging on this and update the article once I understand this all XD

4 Aug, 2018 03:16

Can a solar flare be seen by a planet in the same solar system? What would be the probable reaction of a person there?

4 Aug, 2018 03:41

Whether or not a flare is visible from a planet depends heavily on atmospheric conditions - For most, if not all, human colonized planets, probably not. The only really visible effect might be an aurora in the sky. The reaction to seeing something like that really depends on the culture, how often they see it, and how prepared they are - And if they even know what it is they're looking at. It could be anywhere from the reaction of seeing a thunderhead in the distance, to realizing 'Oh god theres a tornado coming down on me' in terms of level of panic.

4 Aug, 2018 05:20

Content | 3 A solid article once again, with that beautiful CSS. Seeing as it is short, it didn't grab me terribly much, but it did add a sense of danger to your world! Perhaps a quotecis in order? Technique | 5 We'll filled article with great usage of the tools you have at your disposal! I still love the Sections and Containers you do, but would like to see a touch more variance, as it's becoming a bit tough to tell one article from another as I read. Good for the world overall, but takes me a second to think if I've read something of yours already. Style | 5 Solid writing! I'd love to see you flesh this out with more! Overall | 13 A solid Grandmaster Article! Very well written even with the time limit, gorgeous as always, and worth the read!

13 Dec, 2018 03:51

First thing I have to say is that you got your research right on the solar storms so you’ve already made a sense of realism there. You went into great detail to describe the effects of a solar storm and how it would manifest. By doing this you managed to show an accurate picture of what would happen in a solar storm and that’s what you tried to portray I think. Overall great article . I rate it 9.5/10