NASA have released chilling details about how the Cold War nuke tests impact on our planet.
Several nuclear tests were carried out by the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and ‘ 60s.
But it is only now that scientists are realising what the real fallout was.
The military exercises, repeated the same devastating effects that solar storms can have on our planet – including black-outs and communication failures.
Detonation of explosives at a height of between 16 and 250 km above our planet’s surface temporarily distorted magnetic field of the Earth line.
This affects satellites due to damage on-board electronics and disrupt communications and navigation signals.
Utilities in Hawaii were tense, and a number of satellites in the near the test site stopped working.
For years, extra radiation and that is what the cause of the satellites and electronics to fail – capture in the terrestrial magnetosphere, the region surrounding the Earth, which it defends us from solar flares.
The nuke tests were behind a number of very strange faces in the sky also.
An activated aurora similar to the northern lights to appear over the Equator instead of the poles.
The findings, published in Space Science Reviews, is a chilling prediction of what a nuclear conflict could have in store for humanity.
It is well known how the direct – and gruesome – aftermath could wipe out entire nations.
But as we become increasingly dependent on technology – it is clear that a nuclear war would be even more devastating to civilization.
Apart from the radiation that would wipe out large parts of life on Earth, all power and satellite systems can be fully warped – send us back to the Stone Age.
The findings come as the tensions between the US, Russia, China and North-Korea escalate.
Many fear World War 3 could be on the cards as Kim Jong-Un threatens the weekly testing of the rocket launches.
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic tests in 2016 alone, the defy of six resolutions of the security council a ban on all testing.
But scientists have said that there are bigger fish to fry..
Solar flares shooting from the Sun have enough power to cause the same kind of chaos without any human contribution.
For now, the findings will be used to understand how the radiation coming from the other side of the magnetosphere affects our planet.
“The trials were a man awakened and an extreme example of some of the space weather effects often caused by the Sun,” said Phil Erickson, deputy director of MIT’s Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts, and co-author on the paper.
“If we understand what happened in the somewhat controlled and extreme event that is caused by one of these manmade events, we can easily understand the natural variation in the near-space environment.”
This story originally appeared in The Sun.