A cosmological researcher painted a grim description of what Earth will be like following a direct hit from the Sun’s superflare. According to the researcher, total darkness will cover parts of the planet because of the disastrous cosmic event.

Superflares are violent explosions from stars and are known to be ten thousand times more powerful than a standard solar flare. These explosions propel blasts of energy from the star into space. The energy caused by the explosions are so strong they can be observed hundreds of light years away.

For years, astronomers have been warning about Earth getting hit by a superflare caused by a star. Scientific experts even predicted that Earth is in danger of suffering from a superflare strike within the next 100 hundred years.

According to Randall Carlson, a cosmological researcher and founder of the Cosmographic Research Institute, superflares pose a real threat to Earth. One solid strike from the Sun’s massive flare could disable electrical and communication grids all over the planet.

“Power plants would go down, substations would go down, transmission lines, cellphone towers, would go down,” Carlson told RT during a live interview. “There would pretty much be a collapse of the electronic grid system we all depend on.”

Humanity’s strong dependency on technology in general would be the greatest hurdle to overcome following a superflare strike. The total collapse of electronic and communication systems would lead to the downfall of society’s various infrastructures.

“This would mean that large portions of the planet could be plunged into total darkness, with no electricity and no means of communication,” Carlson explained. “For portions of the Earth, it would be like going back to the dark ages again because we became so dependent.”

It was previously believed that superflares only come from younger stars. However, a new study has revealed that older stars such as the Sun are also capable of causing massive superflares.

According to researchers, older stars are known to cause massive explosions every few hundred years. For them, the new discovery serves as a wake-up call for Earth to prepare for an upcoming superflare event.

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Study suggests sun's activity was far more intense before planets formed. Pictured, an image showing the bright light of a solar flare on the left side of the sun and an eruption of solar material shooting through the its atmosphere, called a prominence eruption. NASA/SDO