The recent spat of Solar activity has provoked a couple of questions from my little brain.
Todays is an X18 - supposedly the 3rd largest ever. While the Earths Magnetic Fields spares the planet from most effects, could there possibly be a big enough flare/eruption that could power its way through the field and cause significant damage to us earthlings? IE - A flare the is just too big for the Earths magnetic field to handle.
IIRC, the field doesn’t offer nearly as much “protection” around the magnetic poles. If a person was say, near the southern magnetic pole and under the ozone hole, would that put them in any jeoprady if a big event like todays happens?