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Solar activity causes particle storm, delays rocket launch
latimes.com ^ | January 8, 2014, 6:54 p.m. | Deborah Netburn

Posted on 01/08/2014 7:38:45 PM PST by BenLurkin

Massive sunspot AR 1944 is getting feisty, and doing some damage.

Several Earth-lengths across, it is one of the largest sunspots seen in a decade. It is also complex, with dozens of dark cores.

"Sometimes you see a nice, big simple brown sunspot, and even though it's big, it's boring," said Alex Young of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "But as soon as they start getting twisted and breaking apart and merging with each other, you know something exciting is going to happen."

And something exciting has happened. Tuesday afternoon, AR 1944 was the source of a powerful X-class solar flare accompanied by a coronal mass ejection, which sent perhaps billions of tons of solar material hurtling toward Earth...

...the extra radiation the particle storm caused in space had engineers from Orbital Sciences Corp. concerned enough that they delayed the launch of a rocket scheduled to carry supplies to the International Space Station.

They have rescheduled the launch for Thursday at 10:07 a.m. PST.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: ar1944; maunderminimum; nasa; orbitalsciences; spaceexploration; sun; sunspots

1 posted on 01/08/2014 7:38:45 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Several “earth-lengths” across? That’s how we measure things around POF household, too. “Why, that room is 16 basketball lengths, dear. We’ll need 24 soccer ball lengths of wallpaper to do that wall.”


2 posted on 01/08/2014 7:44:36 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: BenLurkin
See? This finally proves "anthropogenic global warming" once and for all! The sky is falling! We need more laws! Raaaaaaacism!
3 posted on 01/08/2014 7:45:11 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: BenLurkin

Will the satellites already in orbit be okay? Are they adequately protected? Have their orbits been altered so they are all on the dark side of the Earth when the CME passes by Earth?


4 posted on 01/08/2014 7:49:39 PM PST by Ken522
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To: Ken522

Dunno. Most satellites likely can’t be repositioned easily, if at all. Communications satellites are (I think) geostationary. Anybody know about that? Could be a wierd day on the net.


5 posted on 01/08/2014 7:59:36 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Zackly.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 8:04:00 PM PST by punchamullah
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To: BenLurkin

I’m not sure .... but guessing that Solar Vortex will soon join the “panic, panic, we are all going to die” vocabulary along with the Flu Vortex and Polar Vortex.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 8:05:28 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (It's difficult to differentiate between a hog calling contest and a Senate rollcall.)
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To: BenLurkin
Here's a live magnetic image of the Sun (a magnetogram) from Nasa's SOHO website. The black and white regions depict areas of opposing magnetic polarity. Notice in the upper hemisphere white regions are to the left of black ones, and in the lower, to the right. I'm referring to B/W areas in relative close proximity.

Now see how it all makes sense in terms of the model or explanation below...

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/hmi_mag/512/

8 posted on 01/08/2014 8:05:34 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

That SOHO link at the bottom is only to the magnetogram (large gray image of the sun). The other graphic I found elsewhere.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 8:08:00 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Interesting!


10 posted on 01/08/2014 9:11:28 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ETL

A solar hurricane in the northern hemisphere v a solar cyclone down under?


11 posted on 01/09/2014 4:18:39 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
A solar hurricane in the northern hemisphere v a solar cyclone down under?

No, it's different from the Coriolis Effect on earth, where tropical storm systems rotate in a counter-clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and clockwise direction in the southern.

There is no cyclonic rotation involved in the polar opposite magnetic sunspot pairs. Also the sun would rotate more swiftly at its equator (than north and south of it) than the earth even if they were scaled to the same size. This is because the sun isn't a solid body like the earth, but rather a gaseous one, and so the free moving gases whip around the equator more quickly there than regions north and south. The earth's N/S magnetic field lines don't do this because they are basically fixed in place.

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From Nasa's NOAA website:

Why do tropical cyclones' winds rotate counter-clockwise (clockwise) in the Northern (Southern) Hemisphere?

The reason is that the earth's rotation sets up an apparent force (called the Coriolis force) that pulls the winds to the right in the Northern Hemisphere (and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere). So when a low pressure starts to form north of the equator, the surface winds will flow inward trying to fill in the low and will be deflected to the right and a counter-clockwise rotation will be initiated. The opposite (a deflection to the left and a clockwise rotation) will occur south of the equator.

NOTE: This force is too tiny to effect rotation in, for example, water that is going down the drains of sinks and toilets. The rotation in those will be determined by the geometry of the container and the original motion of the water. Thus one can find both clockwise and counter- clockwise flowing drains no matter what hemisphere you are located."

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/D3.html
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Also,

"A hurricane is a cyclone that is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, or the NE Pacific Ocean east of the International Date Line, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E, and with sustained winds that reach or exceed 74 mph.

Rotation:
Clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere
_________________________

Tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line with sustained winds of (or those that exceed) 74 mph are typhoons.

Rotation:
Clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hurricane_vs_Typhoon

12 posted on 01/09/2014 5:34:17 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Got postponed.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 5:40:53 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I’m sure it’ll be a go today if the Sun settles down a bit.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 5:45:08 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
A solar hurricane in the northern hemisphere v a solar cyclone down under?

No, it's different from the Coriolis Effect on earth, where tropical storm systems rotate in a counter-clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and clockwise direction in the southern.

There is no cyclonic rotation involved in the polar opposite magnetic sunspot pairs. Also the sun would rotate more swiftly at its equator (than north and south of it) than the earth even if they were scaled to the same size. This is because the sun isn't a solid body like the earth, but rather a gaseous one, and so the free moving gases whip around the equator more quickly there than regions north and south. The earth's N/S magnetic field lines don't do this because they are basically fixed in place.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

From Nasa's NOAA website:

Why do tropical cyclones' winds rotate counter-clockwise (clockwise) in the Northern (Southern) Hemisphere?

The reason is that the earth's rotation sets up an apparent force (called the Coriolis force) that pulls the winds to the right in the Northern Hemisphere (and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere). So when a low pressure starts to form north of the equator, the surface winds will flow inward trying to fill in the low and will be deflected to the right and a counter-clockwise rotation will be initiated. The opposite (a deflection to the left and a clockwise rotation) will occur south of the equator.

NOTE: This force is too tiny to effect rotation in, for example, water that is going down the drains of sinks and toilets. The rotation in those will be determined by the geometry of the container and the original motion of the water. Thus one can find both clockwise and counter- clockwise flowing drains no matter what hemisphere you are located."

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/D3.html
________________________________________

Also,

"A hurricane is a cyclone that is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, or the NE Pacific Ocean east of the International Date Line, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E, and with sustained winds that reach or exceed 74 mph.

Rotation:
Clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere
_________________________

Tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line with sustained winds of (or those that exceed) 74 mph are typhoons.

Rotation:
Clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hurricane_vs_Typhoon

15 posted on 01/09/2014 5:45:15 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
However, there are "tornadoes" on the sun... But that is a different thing from the N/S magnetic alignment of the sunspot pairs in one hemisphere vs the other, although it could somehow be related I suppose(?) My brain has had it for the moment. :)

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21981-astrophile-solar-cyclones-hold-fusion-reactor-clues.html

16 posted on 01/09/2014 5:52:16 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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