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Space weather forecasting -- predicting the kind of energetic particles the Sun will throw at us -- is years behind weather forecasting here on Earth. As solar physicist Scott McIntosh put it, "Our current model of space weather forecasting is, 'oh shit a sunspot happened eight minutes ago, now we have to figure out what's going to happen.'" It's a shame we're not better at predicting space weather, since it can bust up satellites and even electronics on Earth.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Space weather forecasting -- predicting the kind of energetic particles the Sun will throw at us -- is years behind weather forecasting here on Earth. As solar physicist Scott McIntosh put it, "Our current model of space weather forecasting is, 'oh shit a sunspot happened eight minutes ago, now we have to figure out what's going to happen.'" It's a shame we're not better at predicting space weather, since it can bust up satellites and even electronics on Earth.