Aurorae were seen around the world, those in the northern hemisphere even as far south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora's light. The aurora was visible as far from the poles as Cuba and Hawaii.
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. Telegraph pylons threw sparks. Some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies. ... In June 2013, a joint venture from researchers at Lloyd's of London and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) in the United States used data from the Carrington Event to estimate the current cost of a similar event to the world economy at $2.6 trillion.
- New evidence suggests dinosaurs of all types may have had feathers.
- Even dogs get jealous!
- So much for global cooling. Not that it was ever a serious contention outside of the usual fossil fuel lobbyists. Speaking of warming, a second mystery hole has turned up in the Siberian permafrost.
- On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA's deep space rocket, the SLS, is woefully underfunded and won't be able to meet its 2017 rollout. On a positive note, the Dragon spacecraft designed by SpaceX again proves the advanced soft landing concept without parachutes with video camera aboard.