Skip to comments.Massive explosion on the surface of the sun observed
Posted on 06/07/2011 9:17:13 PM PDT by coldphoenix
I woke up this morning first to a NOAA solar proton storm warning then an email from my office mate and helioviewer.org creator, Dr. Jack Ireland. The email was titled, Never seen anything like this before -- spectacular. And he wasnt kidding!
The event had everything, a solar flare, a coronal wave, a filament eruption, a coronal mass ejection, coronal rain and a coronal mass ejection, just to name a few.
Here is a quick video I made this morning just after getting up.
A few points that might be helpful. The solar flare occurs at the very beginning of the event and is just the brief bright flash. The flare itself is not that big, or unusual. There is a loop of dark material that rises and expands; this is the filament eruption. You can see that the material rises up, and then falls back down over a wide area of the Sun, almost half the diameter of the Sun; it is unusual to see the material splash back down over such a wide area. The material is falling back down along invisible magnetic field lines, and is not simply falling straight down due to gravity. The AIA instrument on SDO allows us to see these events in never-before-seen detail.
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And 9 minuets later, I’m still alive!
Time to call Captain Proton to rescue us!
Actually, I was thinking it would be Dr. Manhattan.
NOW ... are we ready to stop driving our SUV’s?
Cool. Thanks for the post.
How many Israelis did THIS Jihadist get?
It’s because we all drive an SUV
It’s because we all drive an SUV
Yeah, yeah, yeah, but did it involve a Weiner?
The cause? Global warming, fer shore!
In the old Bell Labs Science Series film, Our Mr. Sun, some scientists interview the animated title character, and ask him about a huge prominence observed sometime in the 40’s or 50’s. “I really blew my top that day,” observes Our Mr. Sun.
It occurs to me that this latest eruption might not even have been visible using the simple optical methods of that era. So my question is, how does that earlier eruption compare to this one, in nature and in magnitude?
Big solar explosion on the Sun’s surface. Lots of excited Freepers here — we’re still alive!
Speak for yourself.
Hey! I’m on my second bottle of pinot noir. OK - so it’s only the 5 oz. size, but it still feels good.
My 750ml Pinot Gris beat your Pinot Noir!
I use Pinot Gris to make a wine reduction white clam sauce for angel hair pasta.
The recipe only uses 5 oz., so with a regular litre sized bottle of wine, one can have garlic bread, tossed salad, and chocolate rum torte.
Thanks! I think I found a new hobby thanks to your posting. Sun watching. What a wonderful time to be alive on earth.
Despite the wishy-washy Liberal crap towards the end of 2012, and the even-more-so crappy ending to Knowing, in both cases extreme solar activity caused extinction-level events on the planet.
we have a possibility of auroras tomorrow (wed), when the coronal mass (moving at 3mil/miles/hr) starts hitting Earth? wonder if the space weather effects will affect the movement of the first tropical storm of the season in any way? (video also mentioned on space.com: http://www.space.com/11893-huge-sun-eruption-spectacular-solar-flare.html
And after all of that it was a fairly routine M2 flare delivering a CME that was barely earth-directed.
Thanks!! That bottom one looks like a good one to use on troll zots.
We did have a couple of power blips / surges on Tuesday evening.