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    • Charles Standard

      March 25, 2022 at 3:21 am

      Hi, Shaun. The solar events near Alpha Centauri actually occured on a smaller nearby star designated as Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar neighbor. A series of solar flares occured over the course of several years. (Proxima Centauri is known to be unstable.) The largest flares recorded from that star were studied by a team of researchers at CU Boulder in Colorado. Their research was published in the online journal, “The Astrophysical Journal Letters.” The study is titled “Discovery of an Extremely Short Duration Flare from Proxima Centauri Using Millimeter through Far-ultraviolet Observations.” Astronomers still consider the region “habitable.” As for our own solar system, there is excellent published research into the terrestrial evidence of past solar events and the impact to life here on earth. I will post some references in a follow-up post. In the meantime, some key words are solar proton events, coronal mass ejections, younger dryas, and the Carrington event. For me it is worth doing some investigation into the original research rather that just taking the synopsis offered in a video presentation. Just a quick spoiler…the catastrophic mass extinctions 12,000 years ago were probably provoked by SPEs that impacted the Earth. Obviouly humans survived, but there was a tremendous cultural loss and many societal groups vanished. This is not to instill fear, just a direction for some scientific curiosity.