New research warns that ‘internet apocalypse’ could travel to Earth with the next solar storm

The sun is always raining a land With a haze of magnetized particles known as the solar wind. For the most part, our planet magnetic shield It prevents this electric wind from doing any real harm to the Earth or its inhabitants, and instead sends those particles heading towards the poles and leaving fun behind. twilight in their wake.

But sometimes, every century or so, those winds escalate into a full-blown solar storm—and new research in SIGCOM 2021 The Data Communications Conference warns that the consequences of such extreme space weather could be disastrous for our modern way of life.