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Old 07-25-2014, 03:15 PM   #1
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solar flares and nukes and shit

On a scale of one to ten, how imminent is our collective demise?
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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I'm more worried about the LHC ****ing up, or a quasar or something destroying us and we would never know. Than I am things like nukes and solar flares.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:19 PM   #4
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I'd say our demise is imminent in that it will happen, even it's a couple billion years down the line.
But in the immediate future? Nah
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:21 PM   #5
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I'm more worried about the LHC ****ing up, or a quasar or something destroying us and we would never know. Than I am things like nukes and solar flares.


Which is funny, because nukes and solar flares are far more likely to cause Armageddon than the other two you mentioned.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #6
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Which is funny, because nukes and solar flares are far more likely to cause Armageddon than the other two you mentioned.


That's what I was thinking


From what I understand the LHC isn't particularly dangerous and the odds of a pulsar hitting Earth are much worse than a solar flare, which occur at a regular rate


Though even the largest of solar flares aren't very likely to end the world
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probably a 3
but it'll happen eventually
also add yellowstone to the list of scary shit
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:32 PM   #9
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probably a 3
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also add yellowstone to the list of scary shit


good addition, especially because that would **** me very royally
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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i honestly believe nukes could likely be our end. or a million other things. in the next hundred years? probly not but definitely before the sun does it for us in 2 billion years. in the next few centuries i could see it even
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That's what I was thinking


From what I understand the LHC isn't particularly dangerous and the odds of a pulsar hitting Earth are much worse than a solar flare, which occur at a regular rate


Though even the largest of solar flares aren't very likely to end the world


Agreed, but a very large solar flare could put us back to a pre-technology civilization pretty much overnight and billions would perish. Earth would do just fine of course...

Fortunately flare activity is actually in decline if I'm reading the NASA data correctly.

The LHC scare is a bunch of misguided speculative bullshit.

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Old 07-25-2014, 03:38 PM   #12
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Which is funny, because nukes and solar flares are far more likely to cause Armageddon than the other two you mentioned.



Well duh. But with nukes and flares, the chances of them destroying the whole planet in an instance compared to giant space beams(unless someone dropped a new super powerful nuke into the core). Nukes and flares you can experience and know what's happening(obviously not if a nuke is dropped on your town but you know what I mean). Not seeing my death coming scares me more than living through it.
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i honestly believe nukes could likely be our end. or a million other things. in the next hundred years? probly not but definitely before the sun does it for us in 2 billion years. in the next few centuries i could see it even


It's just way too hostile a universe for us to last too long


But I gotta say, we've done an impressive job so far
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It's just way too hostile a universe for us to last too long


But I gotta say, we've done an impressive job so far

but only we will truly cause our bitter end

it's the perfect ironic ending to the movie of existence
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That's what I was thinking


From what I understand the LHC isn't particularly dangerous and the odds of a pulsar hitting Earth are much worse than a solar flare, which occur at a regular rate


Though even the largest of solar flares aren't very likely to end the world

The odds of a pulsar hitting Earth are much better than a solar flare. Unless you really, really want to see us all die by pulsar.
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Why do people thing that solar flares could destroy the Earth? Is it just ignorance of what they are?

A significantly strong solar wind phenomenon, such as a powerful and perfectly aimed coronal mass ejection, could cause considerable disruption to infrastructure because of certain technological limitations and susceptibility to geomagnetic activity, but the Earth's magnetosphere is remarkable and, with the exception of extreme cataclysm, will protect us nicely.
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All I heard was "solar flares can't hurt us because magnets in the sky help, unless the sun decides it's ****ing judgement day for you and your shitty magnets"
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Why do people thing that solar flares could destroy the Earth? Is it just ignorance of what they are?

A significantly strong solar wind phenomenon, such as a powerful and perfectly aimed coronal mass ejection, could cause considerable disruption to infrastructure because of certain technological limitations and susceptibility to geomagnetic activity, but the Earth's magnetosphere is remarkable and, with the exception of extreme cataclysm, will protect us nicely.


Misleading reporting mostly
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