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A 'Perfect Storm' Occurred In Space In 2012, Scientists Say
, ^ | Published: Mar 19, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT | Nola Taylor Redd

Posted on 03/19/2014 7:51:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin

An international team led by Ying Liu of the National Space Science Center in Beijing studied images of the storm captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which is operated jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency, and NASA's two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) satellites.

During the July 2012 solar superstorm, the sun hurled not two shots into space in rapid succession, following a third earlier emission. The eruptions, which occurred on the far side of the sun and didn't pass near Earth, interacted with one another to form what Liu called a perfect storm.

A coronal mass ejection occurs when the sun blasts a huge cloud of charged plasma into space. The energy and speed of a CME depends on the active region, or sunspot, from which it originates. By the time a CME reaches Earth's orbit, its speed has been further influenced by its trip through space.

In order for two CMEs to create an extreme space weather storm, they must occur in quick succession, interacting with one another as close to the sun as possible. These powerful ejections expand as they travel through space, but their colliding magnetic fields can inhibit their growth.

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1 posted on 03/19/2014 7:51:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Has James Hansen blamed the solar storm on gorebull warming yet?

2 posted on 03/20/2014 12:04:50 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Hail Obambi, our Deer Leader)
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Were the Aztec correct to appease the Sun God with human sacrifice?

Have we angered Sol? Is He clearing his throat for two massive CME’s hurled in earth's general direction?

I have placed space blankets around all my auto computers just in case to protect the circuitry.

I saw the Northern lights over TN in the early 60’s and thought it odd.

3 posted on 03/20/2014 3:51:26 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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