Skip to comments.Sun Unleashes Huge Solar Plasma Wave
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.
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D*mn humans! Now we’re causing SOLAR warming!
Looks like a good one....
...Holder's FBI cyber sycophants may as well earn their pay and cosmic rays give them as good a cover as any other.
Guilty! Mia culpa! I put high test in my SUV! Bad Freeper! Bad Freeper! My fault. I be sorry.
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!
Surf’s up, Dude!
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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?
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.
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)
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