Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. These solar flares and coronal mass ejections, or CMEs can hit earth and have serious consequences for humanity.

How exactly do they work, how bad could they be and can we prepare for them?

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57 Responses

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell says:

    Ohai everybody! We have a bunch of new stuff in our store! https://shop.kurzgesagt.org From the long requested bacteriophage infographic poster to a new Optimistic Nihilism poster that lets you enjoy some existential dread in style. Or our beautiful new Ant Explorer Notebook, with beautiful infographics and facts about ants and gold lettering on the cover. There are also new T – Shirts and beanies! And you know, all the other stuff!
    We put a lot of love and care into developing our products and only make stuff we want to have ourselves – if you want to support us directly and receiving something beautiful in return, getting some merch is the best way to do it. Thank you for your support and thank you for watching. <3
    PS: Since we are already here, take a look at our sources document if you care to learn more about solar flares! https://sites.google.com/view/sourcessolarflares

  2. Luciano Strika says:

    “We’ve been lucky so far.”
    2020: I’m about to end these people’s whole careers.

  3. Diptoneel De says:

    2020: Coronavirus
    2021: Coronal Mass Ejection

  4. MataNataM says:

    So many pop culture references on this one!
    Imma attempt to list them all

    02:42 The Snail from Adventure Time
    02:46 , 09:30 The house from Disney Pixar’s UP
    03:06 Ice Climbers (Nintendo)
    03:22 , 06:05 Pokéball + Ash Ketchum’s hat at the top left (Pokémon)
    05:00 Magnemites floating at bottom left (Pokémon), Rick and Morty “oh man it’s a Scenario 4!”
    05:15 Alolan Exeggutor (Pokémon)
    06:45 Possible reference to Castle in the sky
    07:20 Over the garden wall: “Potatus et molassus” song, Greg’s rock (it’s a rock fact!)
    07:26 Nintendo switch: super smash? (Bowser vs Megaman) , Triforce
    07:32 Ponyo on the top left display

    Let me know if I missed anything

  5. Some Dude says:

    2020: happens*

    That’s a lot of damage! How about a little more?

    Sun: vomits*

    *NOW THATS ALOTTA DAMAGE*

  6. Primaski says:

    The pessimist in me realizes how difficult it would be to shut down the electrical grids without causing major riots and conspiracies. Huge parts of the world simply may ignore the warnings because of the temporary effects it will have, simply because they dismiss the possibility of solar storms destroying infrastructure for years on end – because they’ve never seen it before. Coronavirus has done an excellent job of showing how people and government bodies will hold out the response to prevent disaster, until it’s too late to avoid the destructive effects.

    • Justin Kurtz says:

      I was thinking about this too.

    • Shameer Malik says:

      @Primaski Every country has lot of petrol stored. They will use it to run generators until the grid is repaired.

    • The Hero says:

      Using the corona virus pandemic as an example, people are definitely stupid enough to ignore it, and these said people are in the millions.

    • • Riftis • says:

      Yeah. I’m glad I live in a country where that’s unlikely to happen.

    • Jack 53 says:

      Kortex
      I would like to see the enormous amount of energy generated by a solar storm hitting earth captured and stored for later use, but with current batteries that is nowhere near possible.

  7. Djfrankenstein says:

    Kurzgesagt at the start of the video: We’re all going to die
    Kurzgesagt at the end of the video: SIKE YOU THOUGHT

  8. Rubia Ryu says:

    “Coronal Mass Ejections”
    So this is 2020’s War on Two Fronts: The Micro & the Macro.

  9. Alex Chen says:

    “If one would happen today…”
    Please stop giving them ideas.

  10. Flame Dragoon says:

    2012: A lot of bad things almost happened
    2020: A lot of bad things are happening

  11. tinytrtle says:

    My response to everything the sun could potentially do:
    “Can it not though?”

  12. Gus Marceau says:

    Scientists: “we’re going to lose all power for years”
    Engineer’s solutions: “turn it off and on again”

  13. German Major Sgt Riflemen says:

    3:09 I love how the person in the blue coat just breathes in the other persons face while smiling lol.

  14. Penny Lane says:

    The last time I heard experts repeat again and again: “This will happen and we are completely unprepared” it was about a global pandemic… 🤔

  15. MixnMatch Flavour Bleach says:

    Kurzgesagt: Sun death laser

    2020: Write that down WRITE THAT DOWN

  16. Klaus says:

    Everyone: 2020 is the worst year, it can’t get worse

    Me, an intellectual

  17. Vigilant Sycamore says:

    2020: “What’s that, there’s a pandemic and you’re more dependent on telecommunications than ever?”

  18. The Exoplanets Channel says:

    Great video. For those wondering, the *nearest exoplanet Proxima b* is unlikely to be habitable due to strong flares from the star. Same with *Trappist-1 planets.*

  19. Insert_ _Name says:

    “the sun smooth, round, and peaceful”

    well yes but actually no

  20. Just Some Guy without a Mustache says:

    I love how these videos basically explain how the world is going to end, but he always reassures everyone that we’ll be fine… For now at least.

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