Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Scientists today warned that a peak in the solar activity due in 2012 could disrupt television and internet networks during the London Olympic Games.
Speaking ahead of the launch of Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory next week, mission scientists said that the sun was due to hit a peak in its eleven-year cycle in 2012.
“The Olympics could be bang in the middle of a solar maximum,” said Professor Richard Harrison, of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire and a co-investigator on the mission.
It has long been known that surges in solar activity can cause disruption in satellite and terrestrial communications systems, but until now it has been almost impossible to predict solar storms in advance.