Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What was the Carrington Event?

Richard Carrington’s sketch of the sunspots
seen just before the 1859 Carrington event.
Many people only think of night when they think of astronomy, but a lot of interesting stuff happens during the day too.

Imagine what a huge solar flare could do to the nascent electrical and communications grids of 1859.

That was the Carrington Event.