This is not a test…
DSCOVR’s primary mission objective is to monitor space weather and serve as an early warning system for a potential catastrophe caused by solar storms and coronal mass ejections (CME). CME’s interfere with modern electronics and communication infrastructure.
Solar storms can induce high electrical currents in utility power lines, potentially crippling large areas of the planet. Experts project an extreme solar storm could result in one to two trillion dollars damage and could require a decade for us to recover. DSCOVR is expected to provide an hour or more early warning of solar storms, giving those responsible for maintaining and protecting vulnerable technology the time needed to take appropriate action.
The likelihood of one of these storms or a CME spewing extreme solar winds directly at Earth is low because of our planets tiny size in proportion to the Sun, however the more we rely on technology, the greater the risk of damaged infrastructure from a solar event.
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Unlikely but not impossible
The Solar Super Storm of 1859 was caused by a direct CME impact to Earth’s magnetosphere. The storm wiped out the global telegraph system and was said to be so strong that it actually shocked the telegraph operators.
A storm of similar magnitude was recorded in 2012, but missed the Earth. If it had struck Earth directly, we may not been sent back to the middle ages but you can forget about Netflixing for the next 520 weekends.