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06/26/2008 11:12 AM ID: 71656 Permalink   

Northern Lights Mess With GPS

 

According to scientists at the University of Bath, the Northern Lights -- or Aurora Borealis -- could be messing with GPS satellite navigation systems. The problem occurs when the satellite signal passes through the phenomena.

Lead scientists Professor Cathryn Mitchell said that, "Anywhere that the aurora is visible, it will cause disruption [to the GPS system]." The Northern Lights are caused when electric charged particles hit the Earth's atmosphere.

Dr Mitchell added: "Although most people in the UK can't see the aurora when it is happening, because of cloud or ambient light, it can still affect the GPS signal. We have just passed a minimum in activity but we are due to hit a maximum in 2012..."

 
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Again with 2012.
 
  by: silentrage   06/26/2008 12:13 PM     
  How Dare  
 
natural processes interfere with modern technology?
 
  by: Doctor   06/26/2008 02:34 PM     
  Magnetic phenomena  
 
Interfering with signals? What a surprise!
 
  by: Rv3   06/26/2008 02:45 PM     
  AND  
 
It's all Bush's fault too!
 
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   06/26/2008 02:49 PM     
  @ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  
 
You had to bring up the liberals again didnt you? How the hell did you manage to link Obama to that?
 
  by: Rv3   06/26/2008 04:02 PM     
  Yes ... 2012  
 
Also known as our Solar Maximum.
 
  by: Daev     06/26/2008 10:56 PM     
  @Ahhh  
 
I notice you sarcastically saying "It's all bush's fault," "Someone will manage to make this bush's fault," MUCH more often than someone ACTUALLY SAYS that it is Bush's fault.
 
  by: Kolman   06/26/2008 11:17 PM     
  I have to agree with Aaaaaaa and Kolman  
 
it is Bush's fault. :P

I enjoy the Aurora much more than than GPS so I vote for turning off GPS and turning up the Aurora. Let the good times roll.
 
  by: valkyrie123     06/27/2008 05:56 AM     
  How dare nature interfere with us!  
 
How dare a natural phenomenon interfere with a technology. I think Canada should invade the North Pole.

Come to think of it, I would like to blame this one solely on Switzerland. Damned Swiss... (Although Maldova is rather suspicious and we should keep a close eye on them)
 
  by: gbestwick   06/30/2008 03:19 AM     
  2012 Solar Maximum & pole switch  
 
This is the last & strongest solar maximum coming. Currently there are no sun spots facing us atm, but on the "dark side" (side facing away form earth, I say dark side because that's how we talk about the back side of the moon) there are 2 spots. Its going to get stronger & stronger then the poles will switch in the sun. Its predicted that this will cause all the poles to switch in our solar system. We are overdue for one anyways.

Computer models of earths pole switch is catastrophic. Say goodbye to satellites, & possibly all electronics.
 
  by: Vhan     10/27/2008 11:35 PM     
  @Daev  
 
Yes ... 2012 Also known as our noƶsphere, magnetic pole reversal, Terence McKenna's numerological novelty theory suggests a point of singularity in which humankind will go through a great shift in consciousness, The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin claims that, according to certain algorithms of the Bible code, an asteroid or comet will collide with the Earth, an extremely close conjunction of the northern hemisphere winter solstice sun with the crossing point of the Galactic equator and the ecliptic,the completion of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar (to mean there will be a major change in world order.), & a great year of spiritual transformation.

Great list huh? I love the Mayan's calendar & not our own Gregorian calendar for its more precise. They were masters at seeing patterns.
 
  by: Vhan     10/27/2008 11:49 PM     
 
 
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