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Space weather expert has ominous forecast
LA Times ^ | May 4, 2012, 7:26 p.m. | Amina Khan

Posted on 05/05/2012 7:09:10 PM PDT by null and void

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We're doomed!

Good Q&A session at the link.

1 posted on 05/05/2012 7:09:12 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

This time it’s different.


2 posted on 05/05/2012 7:12:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: null and void

I’m selling Sun Block Cream with a “special solar flare-up repellent.” Just $19.95. But wait, if you act right now...


3 posted on 05/05/2012 7:22:10 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: null and void

Repent !!!


4 posted on 05/05/2012 7:22:20 PM PDT by jonatron (This is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.)
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To: null and void

They laughed at the boy who cried wolf, too!


5 posted on 05/05/2012 7:23:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

This is one of those things that will happen at some point. Personally I think the best thing we could do build a lot more power production facilities to help get things up and running as quickly as possible afterward.


6 posted on 05/05/2012 7:27:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: null and void
Cheer up!

The Earth and Sun have been around a long-long time, with no end in sight.

We can all thank God for giving us a planet that's been around for about 4.6 billion years ... with no end in sight.

7 posted on 05/05/2012 7:29:08 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: null and void

The current solar cycle is quite weak compared to those over the last 200 years or so. That’s not to say an individual spot couldn’t be a problem, but it is less likely.

The coming Solar Cycle 25 should be weaker still. The major implication of these weak solar cycles is actually lower global temperatures.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 7:30:06 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty (Pray for America!!!)
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OMG, Only Obama can save us now!!!

/s
9 posted on 05/05/2012 7:31:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: OldNavyVet

With the possible exception of Enoch, no one gets out alive...


10 posted on 05/05/2012 7:31:39 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: null and void

ARe wE DEAd yeT?????
/Can’’t tell becAUSe of WHat I’m sMOKin.....
LET me know.


11 posted on 05/05/2012 7:32:01 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Not yet, patience my FRiend, patience...


12 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: null and void

Time to gather all of your wires and head to the Faraday Cave.


13 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jonatron

“Repent !!!”

Well, Yes, but not because of this.


14 posted on 05/05/2012 7:37:25 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: smoothsailing
And if he doesn't, then he can blame it on Bush and a solar storm.

A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt.

As if the global economy's been moving forward much lately.

15 posted on 05/05/2012 7:39:04 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: null and void

You forgot Elijah.


16 posted on 05/05/2012 7:39:36 PM PDT by Puckster
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Travelling at the speed of light it takes 8 minutes for solar “events” to reach the earth.

Done already.


17 posted on 05/05/2012 7:43:05 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: smoothsailing

OMG = Obama Must Go


18 posted on 05/05/2012 7:45:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Revolting cat!; All

Prep anyway. It might not be this. It might be something else. It might never come. It might come tonight.


19 posted on 05/05/2012 7:47:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: null and void
"...threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt. "

Hmmmm...Guess we're toast.

Bad enough that this threat is growing exponentially due to a massive explosion of communist ideology in Washington, but now the same threat from a massive explosion on the good old sun.

20 posted on 05/05/2012 7:58:00 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: lightman

Light is one thing. Particles another. I’ve read, IIRC, of their speeds of 1,000,000 mph or so. That would be about 93 hours.


21 posted on 05/05/2012 7:59:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: PreciousLiberty

Apparently the larger solar storm events tend to happen when the sun is more quiet...


22 posted on 05/05/2012 8:06:26 PM PDT by DB
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To: null and void

There was a solar storm back in the mid to late 1800’s that fused telegraph devices...a similar storm today would do far more damage and it’s only a matter of time.


23 posted on 05/05/2012 8:12:49 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Puckster; jonatron
“Repent !!!”...Well, Yes, but not because of this."

Repentence is essential for surviving a "Son" storm :-)

24 posted on 05/05/2012 8:19:50 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: null and void
BIG NEW SUNSPOT: A large sunspot group is rotating into view over the sun's northeastern limb. The emergence of this apparently significant active region could herald an increase in solar activity.


25 posted on 05/05/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

You’re just one big frickin’ ray of sunshine aren’t you?


26 posted on 05/05/2012 8:27:08 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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We're doomed!

Yes, eventually we are. It may be a sunstorm, a supervolcano, an asteroid or comet strike, a ferocious pandemic, climate change (yes, catastrophic change happens, but not for the reasons the Gorebots say) or something presently unpredictable. Eventually the human race will either be destroyed or reduced to a small remnant. Such catastrophes have happened in the past and will happen again given the passage of time.

27 posted on 05/05/2012 8:28:15 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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The sun is too dangerous. We should reduce our use of the sun.


28 posted on 05/05/2012 8:29:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: null and void

LOL, with just a little ultraviolet thrown in; oh, and a few million tons of streaming matter traveling at 1,000,000 MPH!


29 posted on 05/05/2012 8:31:26 PM PDT by Errant
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I’m holding out for old age, I am...


30 posted on 05/05/2012 8:31:35 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Puckster

So I did.


31 posted on 05/05/2012 8:32:57 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: null and void

Be careful what you wish for...I’m damned close to that ending already. Depends on which comes first LOL.


32 posted on 05/05/2012 8:36:46 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: null and void

Nice!


33 posted on 05/05/2012 8:37:29 PM PDT by Puckster
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Better now than later.....the WX is fair to midland right now.....but later....?????????????????


34 posted on 05/05/2012 8:39:11 PM PDT by Puckster
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The Solar Wind could be the “Finger of God” that would touch Obama to really fry him to a crisp!


35 posted on 05/05/2012 8:40:16 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us!)
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Let’s see now. “Massive Solar Flare to Create Chaos” story runs, what, about every 1-2 years? For, what, at least the last 3 or 4 decades? And guess what? NOT ONCE, NOT ONCE, I tell you has a “massive” solar flare EVER created chaos! NOT ONE FUCHING TIME!


36 posted on 05/05/2012 8:41:02 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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the joke is on the sun. it will cause the caps to melt raising sea levels but eventually putting out the sun. ha ha to you, sun!


37 posted on 05/05/2012 8:41:08 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; neverdem

Thanks null and void.


38 posted on 05/05/2012 8:50:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: catnipman

‘Massive solar flare destroys civilization’ story runs every few months on FR...

There is a hope however. There was a period of years on FR where a ‘Lincoln was gay’ story appeared several times a year but thankfully those seem to have fallen out of fashion.


39 posted on 05/05/2012 8:51:57 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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40 posted on 05/05/2012 8:54:05 PM PDT by Errant
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Massive solar storms have happened before — and another one is likely to occur soon,

zzzz...

41 posted on 05/05/2012 8:54:40 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Errant

Shouldn’t that be Bill Clinton? Though, I guess he’d be pulling her down by her lip.


42 posted on 05/05/2012 8:55:35 PM PDT by aruanan
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It had to hurt when he let go!


43 posted on 05/05/2012 8:57:24 PM PDT by Errant
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We need to send a sacrifice to the sun gods, send Barry on a one way trip to the sun.


44 posted on 05/05/2012 9:08:48 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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If we get what we got about 10,000 years ago (this is a PDF of the paper), we'll be pretty much truly and completely effed.
45 posted on 05/05/2012 9:09:14 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: lightman
Travelling at the speed of light it takes 8 minutes for solar “events” to reach the earth. Done already.

Coronal mass ejections don't travel at the speed of light, being mass and all.
46 posted on 05/05/2012 9:12:57 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Errant
"A large sunspot group is rotating into view over the sun's northeastern limb."

I wish I had a "limb" like that! ;-)


47 posted on 05/05/2012 9:13:32 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Revolting cat!
They laughed at the boy who cried wolf, too!

Especially after all the trouble he caused and the only thing they found were his gnawed on sandals and few scraps of tunic yarked up by a dyspeptic wolf.
48 posted on 05/05/2012 9:16:01 PM PDT by aruanan
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“We’re doomed!”

Again?


49 posted on 05/05/2012 9:16:31 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Huskrrrr

“I’m selling Sun Block Cream with a “special solar flare-up repellent.” Just $19.95. But wait, if you act right now...”

Is there any chance I could get a second one for just the S&H charges (only 18.95)?


50 posted on 05/05/2012 9:19:07 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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