DW Documentary Films presents “Solar Storms: A Threat from Space” (Jan 13, 2021), or alternatively. “A Puzzling Threat”,42 min.
The documentary starts out by discussing extreme disruption of the power grids that large solar storms can cause. There is no explicit discussion of the Carrington event in 1859, but the consequences of the March 1989 storm on the grid in Quebec, especially the hydroelectric plant, is presented.
The overheating of large transformers could mean many areas would have prolonged outages, leading to food shortages, in the event of a major storm. We missed the bullet in July 2012 and again in 2017 (a smaller storm).
Most of the documentary describes NASA’s planned Parker Solar Probe, which will revolved around the sun in the corona, at 6 million kilometers from the Sun’s “surface”. The actual temperature in side the corona, which is sparse, is a few million degrees C. The bands of magnetic disturbance move quickly but actually double back on themselves as they move toward Earth.
The probe will pass Venus on the way. At one time it had been contemplated to be slung around Jupiter.
The documentary did not claim that electronic components on Earth can be destroyed by a solar storm (they can by an E1-level EMP) as Anton Petrov did recently.
Picture: Embed from Wikipedia, NASA pd, solar storm in July 2012, click for attribution