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Intense Solar Activity Continues (Update: Possible Radio Blackouts, Radiation Storms, Auroras)
SpaceWeather.com ^ | Sept 10, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 09/10/2005 5:24:51 PM PDT by NRA2BFree

Solar activity remains very high and shows no signs of abating. Sunspot 798/808 has unleashed seven X-class solar flares since Sept. 7th. Forecasters say there's a 75% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours, possibly causing radio blackouts and radiation storms.

Coronal mass ejections hurled into space by these explosions could hit Earth's magnetic field in the days ahead. Sky watchers, particularly in northern places like Canada and Alaska, should remain alert for auroras. The best time to look is local midnight. The sun's 27-day rotation is slowly turning sunspot 798 to face Earth. Explosions in the coming week will be increasingly Earth-directed, raising the possibility of geomagnetic storms and auroras over the continental United States, Europe and Australia.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: auroras; nasa; radioblackouts; solarflares; space
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I just got this update from Space Weather. There's not much to this article because it came in an e-mail. I just wanted to remind those who live in areas where auroras happen. Check their site out in a day or two. They usually put pictures of auroras on it, not long after they happen.

This will be a great time for you lucky folks who live in the northern part of the country. The auroras should be very active. I wish we could see them in NM. They are so beautiful.

1 posted on 09/10/2005 5:24:52 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: NRA2BFree

Bush can't be responsible for this, it's got to be Cheney and Halliburton's Hurricane machine


2 posted on 09/10/2005 5:26:35 PM PDT by Loud Mime (War is Mankind's way of ridding the world of the tyranny caused by liberalism)
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To: NRA2BFree
BUSH KNEW!
INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION! NOW!!

3 posted on 09/10/2005 5:26:59 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

you beat me to it.


4 posted on 09/10/2005 5:30:41 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: NRA2BFree

Global warming!


5 posted on 09/10/2005 5:30:56 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Sir Gawain

Pretty big sunspot for this time nearing the down in the 11 year cycle.

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

Considering there was a period of at least 100 years during the little ice age when there were no sunspots at all, clearly the Sun is putting out more energy in this 11 year cycle than it did then.


6 posted on 09/10/2005 5:34:59 PM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: NRA2BFree

Thanks for the reminder. The sky is crystal clear tonight on the southern shore of Lake Erie, so I might get lucky. (The only time I ever saw an aurora was in Flint, MI.)


7 posted on 09/10/2005 5:36:44 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: Socratic

Doesn't look like any big time Auroral activity yet at all; you have to wait for a major earth-directed Coronal mass Ejection. Another couple days before sunspot 808 is in position to do that, then you need the BIG CME, and then you need 1-3 days for it to arrive.


8 posted on 09/10/2005 5:38:10 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: thackney
Sky watchers, particularly in northern places like Canada and Alaska, should remain alert for auroras.

Ping!

9 posted on 09/10/2005 5:38:46 PM PDT by Flyer (My new dog Mason has a web cam! ~ http://dahtcom.com/masoncam/ ~)
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To: Sir Gawain
global nothing...

UNIVERSAL WARMING ALERT!

10 posted on 09/10/2005 5:38:49 PM PDT by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the muslims have already started. 1700 replies and not a single post!)
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To: Strategerist

Thanks for the detailed info.


11 posted on 09/10/2005 5:40:01 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: Sir Gawain
Global warming!

Just look at what we've done! Kyoto could've prevented this!

12 posted on 09/10/2005 5:43:01 PM PDT by Theophilus (Save Little Democrats, Stop Abortion)
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To: Theophilus

its all Bush's hairsprays fault they will say


13 posted on 09/10/2005 5:45:01 PM PDT by Cougar66 (The only liberal movement is what's in their diapers. .)
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To: JustDoItAlways

Holy crap that thing is the size of Jupiter


14 posted on 09/10/2005 5:51:02 PM PDT by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Sir Gawain

You are fight about the global warming. The sun did it. The sun is 35% hotter in the last 100 years. I will not get rid of my 4X4 because I will need it in the coming ice age.


15 posted on 09/10/2005 5:51:23 PM PDT by mountainlyons
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To: JustDoItAlways; Mr. Mojo
Pretty big sunspot for this time nearing the down in the 11 year cycle.

NASA

Considering there was a period of at least 100 years during the little ice age when there were no sunspots at all, clearly the Sun is putting out more energy in this 11 year cycle than it did then.

Thanks for the link. That sunspot is a whopper! I got interested in solar flares in 1998 and the cycle was supposed to end in 2000, but they're still going, and like you say, they're getting much stronger. It will be interesting to see when this cycle does end. They sure are hard on cell phone users, like me. I hate dropping calls. :o)

16 posted on 09/10/2005 5:57:32 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: Socratic
Thanks for the reminder. The sky is crystal clear tonight on the southern shore of Lake Erie, so I might get lucky. (The only time I ever saw an aurora was in Flint, MI.)

You're welcome. You are so lucky. Take some pictures for us. :o) I love to see the pictures. They are so amazing! SpaceWeather.com lists pictures from all over the world, so you really get to see different ones. I hope you get to see some really beautiful ones.

17 posted on 09/10/2005 6:02:03 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree

Thanks for the heads up!


18 posted on 09/10/2005 6:02:56 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Recovering_Democrat

LOL


19 posted on 09/10/2005 6:05:04 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Flyer

Do you guys ever get to see the auroras in TX? We've never had them, that I know of. I can only imagine how breathtaking they are. The pictures are so beautiful. I bet it's awesome to watch them in person.


20 posted on 09/10/2005 6:05:37 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree
How can Bush save us from this? I want a Check.
21 posted on 09/10/2005 6:06:09 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: NRA2BFree

You can bet I'll have my camera at the ready and will share pics if things work out with me, the Sun and unpredictable magnetic fields!


22 posted on 09/10/2005 6:06:22 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: NRA2BFree

"They sure are hard on cell phone users, like me. I hate dropping calls. :o)"

I'm an amateur radio op. The bands have been horrible for the last few days. I sure wish Bush would move those sunspots away from earth's path. :)


23 posted on 09/10/2005 6:08:42 PM PDT by Adiemus
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To: ruoflaw
Thanks for the heads up!

You bet! I hope you take some pictures if you get to see them. Then you can share them with us. :o)

24 posted on 09/10/2005 6:10:01 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: Socratic

we saw aurora in late October two years ago in NW Central Ohio. We had been having intense solar activity and people saw the aurora in the evening and others reported seeing it when they went to work at 5:30am


25 posted on 09/10/2005 6:10:10 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Socratic

You sure it was an aurora you saw that night in Flint? If Michael Mooron was in town you could have seen the afterglow of a fart he was lighting in his folk's basement.


26 posted on 09/10/2005 6:10:44 PM PDT by blue running dog
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To: Mike Darancette
How can Bush save us from this? I want a Check.

Hold on a minute. I'll call FEMA. LOL

27 posted on 09/10/2005 6:12:41 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: ruoflaw

This gives me hope!


28 posted on 09/10/2005 6:13:46 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: Socratic
You can bet I'll have my camera at the ready and will share pics if things work out with me, the Sun and unpredictable magnetic fields!

Thanks. Let's hope it works out that you get to see them. :o)

29 posted on 09/10/2005 6:15:16 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree; Grampa Dave; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; tubebender; BOBTHENAILER
Years ago, when Mrs. Wasp and I took the Ferry across Lake Michigan a few miles north of Milwalkee, it left at midnight. We went up on top to sleep and before I went to sleep it looked like the Captain was shining a searchlight up into the sky and was catching the beam of light on some fog banks, or something!

I kept watching and when the "fog banks" started changing to red, then blue, then GREEN... I suddenly woke up to what I was seeing!!!

We've seen them again here in the Sierra-Nevada range not far from Lake Tahoe on rare occasions.

30 posted on 09/10/2005 6:15:23 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: blue running dog

I was in Flint, MI about 1974. A high school friend had moved there and I just visted over the weekend. At that time I was blissfully unaware of the bloated idiot.


31 posted on 09/10/2005 6:16:17 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: NRA2BFree; NormsRevenge
Hey Norm! Git up on toppa that danged ship yer cruisin upon tanite and LOOK OUT UP!!!
32 posted on 09/10/2005 6:17:51 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: Socratic
One night back in the 90's The weather Channel had an Aurora alert on the local weather...wow it was something else,since then I have seen them a few more times...It's hard to describe,who said God is dead????
33 posted on 09/10/2005 6:20:43 PM PDT by GregB (Bring back Capt. Michael Scott Speicher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Socratic

I am in St. Marys and I have a friend that is an amateur astronomer and he has a huge telescope that takes pictures and I bet he is outside right now!


34 posted on 09/10/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Recovering_Democrat
BUSH KNEW! INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION! NOW!!

Shhhh, don't tell the RATS. Maybe they won't find out about this. They're too busy looking for dirt.....in the water. :o)

35 posted on 09/10/2005 6:22:31 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree
Do you guys ever get to see the auroras in TX?

I think certain flukes of the universe can make them visible here, but I have never seen them.

I saw some ball lighting - or a UFO - once, and that was fascinating.

36 posted on 09/10/2005 6:26:24 PM PDT by Flyer (My new dog Mason has a web cam! ~ http://dahtcom.com/masoncam/ ~)
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To: NRA2BFree

Auroras are great, when you can catch them. I've only seen two or three by chance. All the other times, I either hear about it the day after or it UNFAILINGLY clouds up. ARGH!!!!


37 posted on 09/10/2005 6:27:47 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Adiemus
I'm an amateur radio op. The bands have been horrible for the last few days. I sure wish Bush would move those sunspots away from earth's path. :)

When I call him, I'll put in your request. :o) I bet it is hard on radios. I've always been interested in those radios, but never knew anyone who had one so they could help me. I know there are directions with them but they seem so technical that I've just never done it. I am challenged. lol

38 posted on 09/10/2005 6:35:30 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree

People need to evacuate the area NOW!


39 posted on 09/10/2005 6:39:22 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: ruoflaw
in NW Central Ohio.

LOL! Would that be Urbana or Belfontaine?

40 posted on 09/10/2005 6:45:49 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: Flyer
I think certain flukes of the universe can make them visible here, but I have never seen them.

In the last 5 years or so Aurora have been visible in Southern California and Texas on 2-3 occasions, I think.

Anyway, if I get a Low-latitude Aurora Alert from Solar-Terrestrial Dispatch I'll repost it on FR.

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend people south of the Northern tier of states just sort of randomly wait outside for Auroras; Auroras over the middle or southern parts of the US are rare but reasonably predictable and you should have a day or 2 of warning and a rough guestimate of when to look.

41 posted on 09/10/2005 6:45:55 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Flyer
I think certain flukes of the universe can make them visible here, but I have never seen them.

I know they've had them in AZ before because I saw some pictures. They weren't as intense, but the sky over the desert is so bright that it could have taken away from them. If we've ever had them in NM, I've never heard about it.

I saw some ball lighting - or a UFO - once, and that was fascinating.

Wow. I bet the 911 lines were ringing off the wall. A few nights ago there was a long series of lights that appeared on top of the Sandia Mountains by Albuquerque. They were captured by many on their camcorders and they showed them on TV. No one knows what they were. They appeared to have stretched out over several miles.

42 posted on 09/10/2005 6:46:26 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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To: NRA2BFree
Hold on a minute. I'll call FEMA. LOL

I already called. Mike Brown told me to call Oprah.

43 posted on 09/10/2005 6:46:59 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: SierraWasp; tubebender

They were gonna make an announcement last night but it got too late, I have seen them before, it is a definite sight to see. Thanks!

It's pouring in Juneau right now.. but we have 5 days to go .


44 posted on 09/10/2005 6:49:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Let's sue McDonalds!


45 posted on 09/10/2005 6:56:43 PM PDT by PokeyJoe (There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those that don't.)
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To: JustDoItAlways

I thought the 11-year cycle was supposed to end about 6 years ago. This cycle is much longer than expected. So there is no telling HOW MUCH LONGER this cycle will last.


46 posted on 09/10/2005 8:43:58 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Our President's intervention saved lives.)
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To: NRA2BFree

That sounds like those lights seen several years ago in AZ. I sure wish we could see an aurora down here in S. Florida. And speaking of beautiful things seen in the night sky, several years ago on a trip to Steamboat Springs, in the middle of nowhere we saw a lunar rainbow. It was incredibly beautiful. It looked like a pure white rainbow of light arching over the highway. I had no idea such a thing existed, but looked on the internet when we got back, and indeed they do.
susie


47 posted on 09/10/2005 8:51:33 PM PDT by brytlea (All you need as ID to vote in FL is your Costco card...)
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To: NRA2BFree

I'm in northern Colorado, about 70 miles north of Denver. We can see the northern lights right now. Not too spectacular, just what looks like the lights of a city on the horizon, except they are light green and there is no big city in that direction.

They fade in and out and move across the horizon like low clouds. Cool!


48 posted on 09/10/2005 9:05:35 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Socratic

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1482108/posts


49 posted on 09/10/2005 9:08:25 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (Arise! Sir Loin of Beef...)
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To: buccaneer81
I already called. Mike Brown told me to call Oprah.

Of course he did. She's going to take his place. LOL Wouldn't we be surprised if that happened. I just saw her on TV tonight and she's really packed on the pounds again.

50 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:23 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (PRAY FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS AND RESCUE WORKERS!)
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