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Sun Unleashes Huge Solar Plasma Wave
SPACE.com ^ | 17 hrs ago | SPACE.com Staff |

Posted on 10/20/2012 9:24:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin

A giant wave of super-hot solar plasma larger than the Earth erupted from the sun on Friday (Oct. 19) in a spectacular display captured by a NASA spacecraft.

The huge solar prominence occurred at 4:15 a.m. EDT (0815 GMT) and was recorded in amazing detail by the high-definition cameras aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory before escaping the sun.

"Once it started breaking away, the process only took 10 hours before it was out of sight," NASA media specialist Steele Hill explained in a photo description. "The prominence stretched out many times the size of Earth."

The Solar Dynamics Observatory showed the solar prominence as a wispy red-orange wave stretching out from the lower right section of the sun. The image was recorded in the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, according to Hill.

Prominences are eruptions of charged solar plasma that appear to arc out away from the sun's edge, or limb, in spacecraft and telescope views. The structures are shaped by extreme magnetic field. Some loop-like prominences are short-lived, lasting only a few minutes. Others can be more stable, lasting hours or days, NASA scientists have said in the past.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; preparedness; preppers; prepping

1 posted on 10/20/2012 9:24:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

D*mn humans! Now we’re causing SOLAR warming!


2 posted on 10/20/2012 9:29:30 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Must be those SUVs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a good one....


3 posted on 10/20/2012 9:34:50 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: BenLurkin

4 posted on 10/20/2012 9:37:24 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: BenLurkin
Probably bad enough to disrupt the broadcasting of Monday Night's debate...

...Holder's FBI cyber sycophants may as well earn their pay and cosmic rays give them as good a cover as any other.

5 posted on 10/20/2012 9:40:17 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("God helps those who help themselves ergo The Second Amendment")
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To: Charles Henrickson

Guilty! Mia culpa! I put high test in my SUV! Bad Freeper! Bad Freeper! My fault. I be sorry.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 9:47:22 AM PDT by Tucker39
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To: dayglored; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel; 75thOVI; ..
Thanks dayglored.



7 posted on 10/20/2012 9:52:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Charles Henrickson
The image was recorded in the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, according to Hill.
8 posted on 10/20/2012 9:53:44 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: BenLurkin

Good grief! If I hear another “this is the end” I swear it will be the end!

uhhhh...yeah and I damn well mean it!


9 posted on 10/20/2012 10:22:28 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("God helps those who help themselves ergo The Second Amendment")
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To: BenLurkin

Surf’s up, Dude!


10 posted on 10/20/2012 11:15:13 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kartographer; blam; Marcella

This might interest you.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 2:50:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Ping.


12 posted on 10/20/2012 2:51:20 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; JRandomFreeper

I’ve read about these. When one breaks away, it goes straight in the direction from which it breaks away - in other words, it doesn’t curve or change directions.

This one must not have been in earth’s direction or they would have said so. A huge one headed in earth’s direction, is the kind to fry our electronics.

Since this phenomenon will be at its highest in 2013, a huge one could come to us. Faraday cage, anyone? Got water, food?


13 posted on 10/20/2012 3:21:10 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sheilds!

14 posted on 10/20/2012 5:57:28 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: BenLurkin

"The sun is coming to pay me homage!"


15 posted on 10/20/2012 6:00:37 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
We could use a little excitement in the upper atmosphere, as far as I'm concerned. Hello 6 meters, CQ, CQ, CQ....

/johnny

16 posted on 10/20/2012 6:35:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Marcella
Nah. This just makes Johnny happy. The more upper atmosphere/solar activity we get, the better radio works.

It also helps keep us from sliding off into an ice age, but I care more about the radio propogation. ;)

When it hits, that would be a good time to drag out your shortwave and play with it to see what you can pick up.

/johnny

17 posted on 10/20/2012 6:39:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
“Nah. This just makes Johnny happy. The more upper atmosphere/solar activity we get, the better radio works.
It also helps keep us from sliding off into an ice age, but I care more about the radio propogation. ;)”

Fine, you nay sayer - just wait until next year when all your electronics get fried due to a “big one” coming our way. I'll have mine in a Faraday Cage and you won't and I'll be good to go with my gadgets and you won't. :o) :o) :o) :o)

18 posted on 10/20/2012 7:03:02 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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