The titanic shipwreck might not have been due to iceberg. A new study speculates on the possibility that a solar flare activity might have resulted in the sinking of the ship.
The sun is known to radiate gigantic solar storms that is capable of knocking power out on Earth.
A solar flare could have altered the ship’s navigation and radios, thereby having a negative impact on the Titanic’s trajectory and rescue response.
This new study questions our belief that the ship was wrecked by an iceberg.
The new study discovered that the northern hemisphere had quite a crucial magnetic storm that night, and this could have affected the Titanic’s navigational readings.
The sun, is powered by an innate nuclear dynamo burns at millions of degrees, is covered with sunspots. The sunspots, are then punctuated by large explosions the size of the Earth or even larger, this is known as sun flares.
“In a matter of just a few minutes they heat material to many millions of degrees and release as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT,” NASA explains.
These flares are mostly as a result of magnetic changes or crashes, and this explosions induce magnetic ripples through the solar system.
This magnetic field also causes transitions over time, since the magnetic poles move around Earth’s surface. Compasses, like clocks, must be modified to the accurate units—like accounting for magnetic north as it moves around in a normal way.
Paper author Mila Zinkova has formerly published four papers about the Titanic in the journal RMetS Weather, investigating a theory that mirages or other visual distortions had a role in the sinking. Now, Zinkova is using weather and space data to investigate a different theory.
Zinkova asserts that the effect on compasses influenced the coordinates reported in distress warnings. “The Titanic’s Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall worked out the ship’s SOS position. Boxhall’s position was around 13 nautical miles (24 km) off their real position,” Zinkova writes.
“The compasses of the Carpathia could have been under the influence of the geomagnetic storm for 5.5 hours, before and after she received the Titanic’s SOS, and until she reached the lifeboats,” Zinkova continues.
“Therefore, a possible combined compass error could have been one of the factors that contributed to the successful rescue of the Titanic survivors.”
Ships in a certain radius had scrambled radio calls or missed them altogether. On places outside the affected areas, everything appeared normal except when attempting to contact or be contacted by the Titanic and other ships near it.