archiv~1.txt: SETI (eS) Y2K Solar flares, Mars images ...

SETI (eS) Y2K Solar flares, Mars images ...

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 08:34:49 -0500

>Date: 18 Mar 1999 23:51:15 -0000
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>Subject: (eS) Y2K Solar flares, Mars images ...
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>Hey everyone,
>
>Just saw these two stories (among others) on the new RealTime News portion
>of our website (this thing is really neat!):
>http://www.exosci.com/
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>Apparently, the 11-year solar flare cycle is expected to reach its peak
>right around the millenium. This may simply exacerbate the forthcoming
>technological problems already associated with the year 2000 by knocking
>out satellites and disrupting power grids (the last peak in 1989 knocked
>out power to 6 million people in North America for several days). Some
>fear these solar flares could cause even MORE havoc than the Y2K software
>bug. The story is at:
>http://www.msnbc.com/news/251370.asp
>
>If you're interested in this sort of topic, this month's Wired has a
>feature relating to the great ice storm of last year which left 5.2
>million powerless, many for up to 5 weeks. Sort of a taste for the power
>disruptions that could happen, either because of Y2K software failure or
>Y2K solar flares.
>
>Also, NASA has posted a whole bunch of new Mars images from the Global
>Surveyor. These are at:
>http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/
>
>
>Dave Watanabe
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