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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      And the

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    3. David Sedor
      David Sedor
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      @POLO OLOP p

    4. Thạnh Phạm
      Thạnh Phạm
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      Stupid science Science doesn't know Positron + and electron -- rotate very rapidly after 4, 6 billion years of creating the Sun ' s core, so the core of the Sun rotates very quickly like A super large electric turbine that produces super large electrical energy Every second the Sun emits 4,1million tons of electricity, the emitted solar magnetic field flies in A circte back to the starting point after 8 hours, so prompted 8 planets to rotate in order

    5. Thạnh Phạm
      Thạnh Phạm
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      Stupid science Science doesn't know Every second the Sun ' s core sucks 1460 tons of electricity in the Earth ' s core creating tides on Earth

  2. ChinchillaIsGod
    5 tundi tagasi

    With all the interest and investments governments are making at reducing/preparing for climate change and the next global pandemic, preparing for this should be an absolute top priority. Technology and the modern world will still continue with a pandemic and with climate change, but it won't with a CME. Another preparation we should make is asteroid/meteor defense systems. NASA should put all the research they can in finding out if it is possible to deflect or shift the trajectory of a meteor if it were to hit earth. If the Tunguska Event were to recur today, It is likely (unless it were to impact the oceans) millions of people would die.

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  4. Naiyou
    8 tundi tagasi

    This channel just makes me really grateful for our atmosphere

  5. Netana
    17 tundi tagasi

    There’s a movie based on this now on Netflix. Search up ‘Awake’ it’s really good

  6. APPI.÷=
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    Hello! Can you also do one what if black hole was onder the milkey way

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    2:46 LMFAO i just noticed that house from UP

  9. Jacob Stoddard
    Jacob Stoddard
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    1:45 oh god the sun is kinky

  10. some random dude I guess
    some random dude I guess
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    Kurzgesagt when the sun is going to explode in 9999999999999999999999999999999 years:PANIC NOW PANIC NOW

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    2:50 why is there a house floating around using just balloons

  15. Marcos Andrade
    Marcos Andrade
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    "We won't know for sure until a big solar hurricane hits us" he's so chill about it lol

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  17. SpanglishCatto
    5 päeva tagasi

    Hey! What a coincidence! I'm seeing your cool vid about solar storms on the exact same date! As well as the recent solar storm that happened a few days ago in May 2021!!!

  18. قناة الموسوعات
    قناة الموسوعات
    5 päeva tagasi

    Can you make some videos about what is the flat earth,convex earth, hollowed earth, concaved earth and donut shaped earth and how to prove that the earth is spherical

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    3:06 nice ice climber refrence

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    2:45 I SEE YOU, CARL

  22. Player Science
    Player Science
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    5:16 Did anyone noticed that *ALOLAN EXEGGUTOR*

  23. Robbie william Medina
    Robbie william Medina
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    Looks like an eye when the earth gor burned before the intro

  24. CHU JIA HONG Moe
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    Solar Flares Power Off Solar Power Turn Off

  25. Joel Kelley
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  26. Collector
    6 päeva tagasi

    Well... Judging by what I saw, solar flares could be soon.

  27. Gloria George
    Gloria George
    7 päeva tagasi

    2:48 Nice touch 😉

  28. Nhựt Nguyễn
    Nhựt Nguyễn
    7 päeva tagasi

    Now that's seem dangerous

  29. Yousuf Ashraf
    Yousuf Ashraf
    7 päeva tagasi

    2:43 Did anyone see the house in up?

  30. bloodborn
    8 päeva tagasi

    This is what the Maya calendar was talking about in 2012

  31. what's in the name
    what's in the name
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  32. Daniel Hardesty
    Daniel Hardesty
    10 päeva tagasi

    A video on the cascadia subduction zone would be really awesome! This video reminds me of that

  33. Chris Parker
    Chris Parker
    10 päeva tagasi

    Our sun goes micronova or releases an extreme solar outburst that will surely wipe out civilization.

  34. Amna's Easy Recipes
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    Did he watch UP before creating this video?

  35. Samuel Mason08
    Samuel Mason08
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    So we can save the entire world from a complete blackout by just unplugging everything

  36. Blake W.
    Blake W.
    11 päeva tagasi

    Who’s here before the CME?

  37. Kip Dip
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    My anxiety: Oh no we're all gonna die from a sunflare or worse This video: No 💓

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    I love the "Up" reference at 2:43

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    Jayne Louise Melody
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    Really getting that hitchhikers guide to the galaxy vibe I love it

  44. Robert Clayborne
    Robert Clayborne
    13 päeva tagasi

    It could only destroy civilization if God chose it too. God has put it in the hands of man to destroy civilization by letting them make the Nuclear Weapons, which they will destroy each other in the last day. Only those who calls upon the name of the Lord Christ, shall be saved from it. "Hint" Jesus is not the Christ, but Jesus is God Almighty. The one who is called Jesus Christ" he Is King in the world forever. And he is the one who was slain to death from walking upon the earth. And now his body is laying in a tomb in the place that was preserved for him to be laid where no other man had ever been laid before and had a stone covering placed at the face of his tomb. And this is where he shall be until the last day when Jesus the Father comes down and raise him back up to life again and seat him on the throne at his right hand side. Christ our Lord and King; shall be the first of the resurrection, and then all those who died in him, in his struggle on earth for righteousness and justice and equality for all of his peoples. The Lord is King: Revelation 19:16.

  45. Late
    13 päeva tagasi

    I actually have a survival plan with my friend group in case this sort of event really happens.

  46. Daniel May
    Daniel May
    13 päeva tagasi

    please stop with the automatic translations of video titles. They are not correct and just weird.

  47. S am
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    The worst part is that anyone who hasn’t watched this video won’t know what happened.

  48. PhampletYT
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    2:45 Up reference

  49. Stormcaller06
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    The music in the background is one of my favorite ones

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  52. Hapkido 82
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    Recent (May 25-26, 2021) CME hit the Australian state of Queensland head on. A major power station had a explosion and fire. (Callide power station) Dopey mainstream media in Australia have not realised this. Yet.

  53. its_robloxnoob
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    2021 today

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  55. Clean
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    This is one hella scary video

  56. Anindita Sarkar
    Anindita Sarkar
    14 päeva tagasi

    This didn't happen in 2020 cause the schedule was booked full This was moved to mid 2021 The date is close now! : D

  57. Darth Creeper
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    in one of thusguys vids he said the average kurzgesagt viewer is 20 or so...IM A KID AND IM JUST INTERESTED(this comment wasnt supposed to be offensive somehow i just like ur vids.)

  58. Jethro Joshua
    Jethro Joshua
    15 päeva tagasi

    We will buy one of them to end the world., So its coming soon! Can Elon Musk do it? Krishna supposedly have A Chakra like this. So as they say ' a comet fell over evil men and destroyed them all'.

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  60. the recruit564
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    So just wanna say thanks this has been on my mind for a few weeks and the thing has been freaking me out about how we are gunna cope finally finding someone who can tell me that there is preventative matters in place and more than likely going to be alright after it is just a huge relief. Love the videos and thanks for the peace of mind

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  65. Esther C
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    It's so scary to see how huge the sun is next to the earth and how close we are to the sun

  66. Borna Leon Simic
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    oh dear

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  70. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards
    17 päeva tagasi

    Tried to have happy ending? Recent studies now show we are due for a "micro-nova", the sun burping stuff out in all directions so being in line of fire means nothing. This at same time the magnetic field has been weakening a lot. Not the end of life but the end of the world as we know it, the end of civilization and many will die from infrastructure collapse. Sorry.

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    Love how they snuck the aloan exeggutor in there

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  73. Joseph Daniel
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    When a cme hits the earth, every non vaccinated melanated being will awaken ancient genetic evolutionary protocols and our human genome will mutate to adapt to the new solar climate. Electromagnetism will course through our bodies and harness the new universal update

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  74. Kyrie Irving
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    Kurzgesagt: the sun catapults billions of tons of Mega Radiation at us at the speed of light Me: Oh SHIT we are gonna DIEEEE Kurzgesagt: And when it hits us.. Me: robs a bank to buy a rocketship Kurzgesagt: NOTHING HAPPENS! Me: OML I WASTED SO MUCH MONEY ON NOTHING!

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  76. Senator Joseph McCarthy
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    19 päeva tagasi

    You're trying to do two things at once; entertain using the, and educate on solar flares. You're catering to the addicted. Your unecessary mood music is interfering, so disrupting and Irritating.

    1. Le fishe
      Le fishe
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      Geez gramps, I'll turn it down.

  77. Sean Greenway
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    Who’s watching this due to the incoming flares on May 26th during the Super blood moon?

  78. Oh Yeah Yeah
    Oh Yeah Yeah
    19 päeva tagasi

    Yeah I don’t think it’ll end out civilization mainly bc there’s civilization out there that dosent rely on technology at all

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  80. NeoID
    19 päeva tagasi

    Huh. All we need is this to happen, and there you go, Solar Flares. And a Pandemic. Now all we need is an international government with a bigass maze. (Cheers to whoever gets that)

  81. Jonathan Adamson
    Jonathan Adamson
    19 päeva tagasi

    Please don’t downplay this Kurzgesagt, we appreciate the optimism, but let’s be real. We know humanity is lazy and isn’t going to be prepared for something like this. The wealthy elite are the only ones who will truly have a chance at surviving this. Not only that, but humanities electrical grid, even IF we turn it off can still get fried by a CME. Not only that m, but most people would be dead after this within just TWO. WEEKS. Let that sink in for moment. Even preppers would be likely to perish as a result of this. No one is or probably ever will be prepared for this, to be nice about it, we as a species are lazy and to be frank, that laziness will be our demise. Just go watch “a catastrophic blackout is coming” if you have question or don’t believe me. Please note, I’m not trying to be an ass, but people NEED to hear this so that might actually have a sliver of hope in the coming future. Please be well out there fellow humans! 😉

  82. inoebene
    19 päeva tagasi

    Reminds me of the movie "knowing"

  83. Norm
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    4:24 That makes me think of tranzit God that map was horrendous

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  85. TheFringe
    20 päeva tagasi

    God is in control

    1. Craft Watch
      Craft Watch
      19 päeva tagasi

      The Sun is in control

  86. Latonya Stephens
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  87. TheLifeOnHigh
    20 päeva tagasi

    So if one of those Super Solar Storms reach Earth it appears everything created after a Locomotive Train will become inoperable. Billions will die in the aftermath as it would take a decade or more to rebuild (restart) our power grids.

    1. TheLifeOnHigh
      16 päeva tagasi

      @necro YT Farmers and food processing depends on machines. Machines depend on electricity. And it’s not just electric, anything made after a Steam Engine will become inoperable.

    2. necro YT
      necro YT
      16 päeva tagasi

      Hold up how would billions die due to electrical systems dying?.

  88. Robert Bench
    Robert Bench
    20 päeva tagasi

    I thought we will be toasted just like in the movie Knowing?

  89. Kleb
    20 päeva tagasi

    I barely got through the Texas blackout this is gonna be a wild ride

    1. Norm
      19 päeva tagasi

      Oh god I hope the electrical crap doesnt happen again I only had 1 hour on and 4 hours off

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    no not

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    I love the moments in kurzgesagt's videos when there is a thing (an easter egg) like a thing from a movie.