Carrington Event — Foundation

If the solar storm of 1859 (Carrington Event) were to happen today, what would be the consequences?

It’d be real bad. Astronauts’ lives lost. Trillions in damages. Must predict at all costs.

“Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo.” -Asimov

That’s how I view a Carrington round 2, as a Foundation impasse.

Hero must predict sun’s pulsar glitch — sudden increase in pulsar’s rotational frequency caused by brief coupling of the pulsar’s faster spinning superfluid core to neutron star crust. Torque applied to crust transferred angular momentum from core to surface at absurd frequency to cause first Carrington event & it will happen again.

How to predict: Use unified theory of cosmic plasma physics to measure color superconducting neutron star core spin rate upper bound at solar max, measure heliopause max expansion rate — monitor at all times & immediately act upon deviation above norm.

Per Aspera ad Astra

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