Extreme X-Class Solar Flare Is Erasing Digital & Film Photos Worldwide

This mornings Solar flare corruption of my photography library

In a stunning event shocking NASA, the European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency the Sun flexed its power last night with an unprecedented X-Class solar flare (Update: some astrophysicists are contending it’s the first detected Z-Class solar flare). Unlike extreme solar events like the Carrington Event this solar storm has erased film and digital photos world-wide. Prints, film negatives and digital files have shockingly been affected equally being erased into oblivion. Neil deGrasse Tyson was quoted as saying,
iPhone Image Library Corrupted by Solar Flare

“The sun once again has humbled us with its power. With a single awe inspiring brush stroke of  projected radiation, the Sun has erased our visual history leaving us to remember moments of times past with only our heart and minds.”

Completely confused this morning seeing blank sheets of paper where my favorite family photos and wall prints once existed I rushed to my computer and phone to see the state of my digital libraries. Everything was gone. In a fit of amazement and cursing I rushed to check my slides and negatives from the 90’s and they too are now history being completely blank. In hindsight I now wish I savored the moments I photographed to better remember them verses my fuzzy memory of these moments as seen through a small view finder. Now that this fast moving storm of radiation has passed new photos are now again possible. Even though I am now again able to take photos seeing the fragility of our imaging technologies it begs the questions…

Is humanity’s creativity, existence & legacy what we see, feel, or leave behind?


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Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer and author, based out of San Francisco, California who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Passionate about nature and the environment Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial, editorial and fine art work. For more follow Jim on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Subscribe
  1. Fernando Ribeiro
    really shocking :-)
  2. ajwad
    Ahahha nice one.
  3. Weinstein
    April fool !
  4. Russ Bishop
    Beautiful abstracts Jim! Like something your son (I mean sun) might have created ;-)
  5. jimgoldstein
    Glad you enjoyed the post Russ :)
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  7. jimgoldstein
    Indeed! Thanks for the comment :)
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