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Big Solar Storm Will Hit Earth Friday
CBC News ^

Posted on 10/23/2003 9:03:27 PM PDT by webber

Big solar storm will hit Earth Friday Oct 24th

BOULDER, COLO. - A strong geomagnetic storm is expected to hit Earth on Friday. Scientists say it may knock out electrical grids and satellite communications.

A "sunspot cluster" said to be 10 times the size of Earth could damage satellites and power grids, as well as cable TV, pager and cellular telephone service.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo., say it is one of the largest sunspot clusters in years.

Larry Combs, a forecaster at the federal Space Environment Center in Boulder, says the sunspot cluster released a chunk of the sun's outer atmosphere early Wednesday morning.

NASA's Goddard Space Center says the sunspot clusters produce a "coronal mass ejection" – an explosion of gas and charged particles from the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere.

In 1997, television networks in the U.S. were affected when satellites used to beam programming to local stations were knocked out of service.


Written by CBC News Online


TOPICS: Announcements; Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: signsandwonders; solarflare; solarflare2003
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1 posted on 10/23/2003 9:03:27 PM PDT by webber
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To: webber
Whoa! Break out the sunglasses.

FGS

2 posted on 10/23/2003 9:05:31 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; PatrickHenry; Quila; Rudder; donh; VadeRetro; RadioAstronomer; Travis McGee; ...



((((((growl)))))

3 posted on 10/23/2003 9:07:15 PM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: webber
Oh great!
(I sell Dish Network)

My phone will be ringing off the hook with puzzled (and angry) customers.

4 posted on 10/23/2003 9:08:36 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: webber
What will we do if FR gets knocked offline?
5 posted on 10/23/2003 9:08:38 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: webber
http://www.spaceweather.com/

Check that out for everything you'd ever want to know about these things. Plus, it might also cause some Northern Lights to be seen further South than usual.
6 posted on 10/23/2003 9:08:45 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: eddie willers
Get them to go cable.
7 posted on 10/23/2003 9:09:26 PM PDT by dmeara
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To: webber
That usually means brilliant Auroras as well....
8 posted on 10/23/2003 9:09:51 PM PDT by CarolAnn
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To: webber
aluminum foil hat time? Maybe an umbrella?
9 posted on 10/23/2003 9:10:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: ForGod'sSake
I wear my sunglasses at night:



Supposedly we may be able to see some aurora borealis as far south as Texas, thanks to this storm.
10 posted on 10/23/2003 9:10:17 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Hang in there, Terri. Absorb. Take in. Live. Heal.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
You beat me to it. I type slow...:)
11 posted on 10/23/2003 9:11:21 PM PDT by CarolAnn
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To: webber
Big solar storm will hit Earth Friday Oct 24th

Women, children & minorities to be hardest hit

12 posted on 10/23/2003 9:11:26 PM PDT by fuquadukie (This *TAG* line available for *RENT* or sale. Cheap. Any typos are a *REEZULT* of *PUBLIK* edukashn.)
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To: webber
You just know that this is due to global warming.
13 posted on 10/23/2003 9:11:45 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat party.)
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To: webber
Sounds like I better work from home tomorrow.
14 posted on 10/23/2003 9:12:09 PM PDT by xrp
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To: fuquadukie
Women, children & minorities to be hardest hit

Democrats blame Bush.

15 posted on 10/23/2003 9:12:42 PM PDT by xrp
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To: dmeara
If the sun is disturbing satellites, cable will be out too. Ever see a solar transit event take out a handful of channels?
16 posted on 10/23/2003 9:12:58 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
What will we do if FR gets knocked offline?

That can't happen! FR is the only thing jkeeping the internet from going kaput, without FR there would be NO internet. Interest would dry up. JimRob invented the real internet you know.

The Admin Moderator will do his best to protect the main trunk service going.

I have it on good authority that the Free Republic Emergency Management Agency is pulling out all stops for this eveny.

Long live FREMA!!

17 posted on 10/23/2003 9:13:41 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: webber
SOLAR STORM TO HIT EARTH! RATS BLAME BUSH!
18 posted on 10/23/2003 9:14:10 PM PDT by teletech (Have we dug up Saddam yet?)
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To: webber
Sounds series.
20 posted on 10/23/2003 9:14:42 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: webber
Amazing and strange events are happening all over the world. I'm overwhelmed! Thanks for the post.
21 posted on 10/23/2003 9:15:08 PM PDT by Dixielander
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To: webber
Damn those Bush tax cuts! If it weren't for them, this wouldn't be happening!
22 posted on 10/23/2003 9:15:23 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Have you donated to the Salvation Army? Liberals HATE Christian organizations! Tax deductable, too)
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To: webber
Note to self :

1) add extra layers to Tinfoil Hat

2) unplug Transporter
23 posted on 10/23/2003 9:15:38 PM PDT by PoorMuttly (Muttly Axiom #2..."What cannot be eaten or sprayed, must be chased away.")
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To: webber
Signal propogation for low frequency AM radio signals should be at extreme levels when this coronal mass ejection hits the ionosphere.

I'm going to start warming up my radios and amps right now. I should be able to QSO with Hams in Europe on Friday night.

24 posted on 10/23/2003 9:16:22 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help)
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To: webber
Scientists say it may knock out electrical grids and satellite communications.

Creepy. I feel so vaunerable. (No FR?)

25 posted on 10/23/2003 9:17:14 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Have you donated to the Salvation Army? Liberals HATE Christian organizations! Tax deductable, too)
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To: fuquadukie
http://members.yourlink.net/jgerard/gort/cinder.wav
26 posted on 10/23/2003 9:17:37 PM PDT by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: eddie willers
Not if they use cellphones, they won't. :-P
27 posted on 10/23/2003 9:18:15 PM PDT by explodingspleen
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To: GeronL
aluminum foil hat time? Maybe an umbrella?

Try a suit.

28 posted on 10/23/2003 9:19:08 PM PDT by uglybiker (Kill the old! Starve the young! TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!)
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To: explodingspleen
Not if they use cellphones, they won't. :-P

Good idea!
I'll forward all the calls to MINE!

29 posted on 10/23/2003 9:19:46 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Molly Pitcher; Jemian; Howlin; callisto; Iowa Granny; MozartLover; Miss Marple; Species8472; ...
ping
30 posted on 10/23/2003 9:19:52 PM PDT by kayak (The Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy is truly Vast! [JohnHuang2])
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To: ChemistCat
Check out the pic on http://www.venhaus1.com/ - way cool.
31 posted on 10/23/2003 9:19:55 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: uglybiker
well, thats a look I have been needing n my life
32 posted on 10/23/2003 9:20:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: uglybiker
Try a suit.

This suit suits me better.


33 posted on 10/23/2003 9:20:47 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help)
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To: Exit148
And hugh.
34 posted on 10/23/2003 9:21:22 PM PDT by sd-joe
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To: Keith in Iowa
Way cool is putting THAT lightly!!!
35 posted on 10/23/2003 9:21:56 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Logan's Home! Logan's Home! Logan's Home! Logan's Home! Logan's Home!)
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To: webber
Same warnings have been issued on a regular basis for years.
36 posted on 10/23/2003 9:24:50 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
SCHWING!
37 posted on 10/23/2003 9:24:53 PM PDT by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Major Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: ChemistCat
Supposedly we may be able to see some aurora borealis as far south as Texas, thanks to this storm.

Are you serious? I'm above you in Colorado (both on the map, re north, and also much higher altitude; but not necessarily in wisdom and stature), and I have never yet seen the Aurora Borealis. Since I live in Aurora, it would be cool to see the Auroras from here.

38 posted on 10/23/2003 9:24:59 PM PDT by fqued (The mainstream media wouldn't over-rate anyone, would they?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Isn't that Barbara Reynolds, heiress of aluminum foil
tycoon M. Reynolds?

(nice box!)

 

39 posted on 10/23/2003 9:26:28 PM PDT by Deep_6
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To: webber
Any ETA here? Friday noon Eastern? 5 pm? 11 pm?
40 posted on 10/23/2003 9:26:29 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Deep_6
Isn't that Barbara Reynolds

Liz Hurley.

41 posted on 10/23/2003 9:27:14 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help)
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To: Timesink
http://www.spaceweather.com/
42 posted on 10/23/2003 9:27:21 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: fuquadukie
LOL
43 posted on 10/23/2003 9:27:42 PM PDT by reflecting
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To: Deep_6
Arraagghh.....

 

The box:

 

 

 

 

44 posted on 10/23/2003 9:28:49 PM PDT by Deep_6
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To: webber
It's a huge flair up!! (More info here)


45 posted on 10/23/2003 9:28:59 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Have you donated to the Salvation Army? Liberals HATE Christian organizations! Tax deductable, too)
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To: Keith in Iowa
That is way cool. Lotta green.

During the winter of 1968-69 I was about 200 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta when I saw the aurora up close and personal. It still remains one of my most memorable life experiences. I swear I could actually HEAR the aurora making a "swish--swish" sound like an icy shower curtain folding over itself. It looked like it was only a few hundred feet above my head. Totally awesome! What I saw was more purpleish, and rainbow-like, with much less green.
46 posted on 10/23/2003 9:29:17 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: webber
Live Space Cam Images
47 posted on 10/23/2003 9:29:36 PM PDT by ex-Texan (My tag line is broken !)
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To: webber
Sure hope its not the kill Shot!

Kill Shot: When a solar flare is emitted from the sun and the earth is in its path and we all turn into brauts!
48 posted on 10/23/2003 9:30:42 PM PDT by montomike (montomike)
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To: Exit148
Hugh.
49 posted on 10/23/2003 9:31:24 PM PDT by des
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To: fqued
Are you serious? I'm above you in Colorado (both on the map, re north, and also much higher altitude; but not necessarily in wisdom and stature), and I have never yet seen the Aurora Borealis. Since I live in Aurora, it would be cool to see the Auroras from here.

There was an aurora this Spring I believe that was visible as far south as California and Texas. Really big solar storm caused that one.

50 posted on 10/23/2003 9:33:36 PM PDT by Dave S
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