By Barbara Boatwright, Ph.D.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” Psalm 8: 3-4
The historic solar eclipse of August 21 was visible in all 50 states and a total eclipse was seen across the entire continent for the first time in 99 years. It is believed to be the most observed and photographed eclipse of all time, with tens of millions of people re-orienting their lives and schedules to participate in watching the event. During totality, it is possible to see the sun’s outer solar atmosphere (the corona and chromosphere), which makes solar flares (a sudden flash of brightness near the sun’s surface powered by a sudden release of magnetic energy) observable. What I did not know until I read Dr. Michael Guillen’s newest book, The Null Prophecy, is that space weather, particularly solar super storms, can hit and impact the earth. Solar flares are often accompanied by coronal mass ejections, when clouds of electrons, ions and atoms are ejected through the corona of the sun into space. These are huge explosions of plasma and the sun’s magnetic field that can travel almost at the speed of light, reach the earth in as little as 14 hours, and fill half of the volume of space between earth and the sun on their way. A CME hitting the earth causes huge geomagnetic storms and disrupts telecommunications and technology grids.Read More