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What's Up in Space -- 8 Dec 2006 RADIATION STORM, ANGRY SUNSPOT...
SPACEWEATHER.COM ^ | -- 8 Dec 2006 | Dr. Tony Phillips

Posted on 12/07/2006 7:31:05 PM PST by fight_truth_decay

RADIATION STORM:

A radiation storm is underway. Based on the energy and number of solar protons streaming past Earth, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)ranks the storm as category S3 (Strong): satellites may experience single-event upsets and astronauts should practice "radiation avoidance."

The rush of protons may be a sign of an approaching CME (coronal mass ejection). Protons are accelerated in shock waves at the leading-edge of CMEs, so when the proton count rises, we can guess that a CME is en route. Northern sky watchers should remain alert for auroras, which could flare up if and when a CME arrives.

ANGRY SUNSPOT:

Radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft knew something was up yesterday when a loud roar came out of the loudspeaker of his 22 MHz shortwave receiver in New Mexico: Sunspot 930 had exploded again. The X6-class (Big-Major Event) flare sent shock waves billowing through the sun's atmosphere, producing among other things a Type II solar radio burst: listen.

In Los Angeles, California, Gary Palmer watched the explosion through his Coronado SolarMax90:

NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of another X-flare during the next 24 hours. Further explosions could intensify the ongoing radiation storm and improve the chances for widespread auroras. Stay tuned.

BONUS: Even between explosions, a lot is happening around sunspot 930, as shown in this movie from French astronomer Pascal Paquereau. To create the animation, he combined "17 pictures taken every 2 minutes through my Coronado PST."


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; cme; noaa; radiationstorm; solar; solarflare; sun; sunspot; weather; xflare
Trouble with links go to http://www.spaceweather.com/, will eventually respond.

Note: In the novel Congo, by Michael Crichton, a CME is what disrupts the transmission from the Congo research team's computers to the satellites and back to Houston.

1 posted on 12/07/2006 7:31:10 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

When is it supposed to hit?


2 posted on 12/07/2006 7:34:27 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

Those Russian spy killers are taking things too far now...


3 posted on 12/07/2006 7:35:28 PM PST by Tall_Texan (NO McCain, Rudy, Romney, Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Gore in 2008!)
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To: kinoxi

A radiation storm is underway. Based on the energy and number of solar protons streaming past Earth, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)ranks the storm as category S3 (Strong):

Bushs fault


4 posted on 12/07/2006 7:36:32 PM PST by daku ("Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog.")
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To: daku

Maybe reason #2 that they scrapped the Discovery?


5 posted on 12/07/2006 7:37:19 PM PST by rovenstinez (,)
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To: fight_truth_decay
satellites may experience single-event upsets and astronauts should practice "radiation avoidance."

This is humorous. "Look out for that streamer! Move a little to your left! Wow, that sure was close. Look out! Here comes another one!

6 posted on 12/07/2006 7:40:21 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Quite a quandary, post#3-Putin's fault, post#4-Bush's fault. I think it might just be an angry sun god, we should sacrifice al gore just in case...
7 posted on 12/07/2006 7:41:30 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: fight_truth_decay

cool, will this turn the astronauts into those fantastic 4 guys????


8 posted on 12/07/2006 7:42:27 PM PST by txroadkill (how 'bout Dem Cowboys!!!)
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To: rovenstinez

Probably reason #1, but they used the clouds for cover ;-)


9 posted on 12/07/2006 7:42:32 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: kinoxi
When the solar cloud reaches the Earth as an ICME (Interplanetary CME), it may disrupt the Earth's magnetosphere, compressing it on the dayside and extending the nightside tail. When the magnetosphere reconnects on the nightside, it creates trillions of watts of power which is directed back towards the Earth's upper atmosphere. This process can cause particularly strong aurora also known as the Northern Lights (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the Southern Lights (in the Southern Hemisphere). CME events, along with solar flares, can disrupt radio transmissions, cause power outages (blackouts), and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission lines. The largest geomagnetic perturbation, resulting presumably from a "prehistoric" CME, coincided with the first-observed solar flare, in 1859. The flare was observed visually by Richard Christopher Carrington and the geomagnetic storm was observed with the recording magnetograph at Kew Gardens.

Don't know..do you think it made all the animals of late turn on man? ;)

10 posted on 12/07/2006 7:43:56 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Too many beings driving SUVs on the Sun it appears!!
11 posted on 12/07/2006 7:45:46 PM PST by KoRn
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To: SubMareener
Laughs! @ used the clouds for cover ... I wondered if this had anything to do with the cancellation myself.
12 posted on 12/07/2006 7:46:07 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Ed Dames spoke about multiple flares coming one after another in relation to his "kill shot" event. Those are some pretty big X class flares. If the cloud cover stays away, it could produce some nice auroras.
13 posted on 12/07/2006 7:46:22 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: SubMareener

*groan*


14 posted on 12/07/2006 7:47:14 PM PST by null and void (To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. --Reba McEntire)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Prepare... tinfoil... hat...


15 posted on 12/07/2006 7:47:20 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

Haven't you heard? Tin Foil Hats are a Government Plot! They actually serve as antennas at important mind control frequencies!


16 posted on 12/07/2006 7:51:19 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: SirKit

Heads up!


17 posted on 12/07/2006 7:52:10 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SubMareener

Bummer...The lead hat weighs too much but I guess it'll have to do.


18 posted on 12/07/2006 7:54:11 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: LonePalm
Self ping for later.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

19 posted on 12/07/2006 7:54:41 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Crud!

There goes 20M....


20 posted on 12/07/2006 7:55:40 PM PST by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
The energetic particles driven along by CMEs can be damaging to both electronic equipment and astronauts or passengers in high-flying aircraft.

X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger radio blackouts around the whole world and long-lasting radiation storms in the upper atmosphere.

Space Science

21 posted on 12/07/2006 7:56:09 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: SuziQ

No..Head's down!


22 posted on 12/07/2006 7:57:04 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

OOps..little flare in between d and s on Head's (correction!)Heads..


23 posted on 12/07/2006 7:58:45 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I believe it was in 1859 that a massive solar storm disrupted telegraph communications in Chicago and Canada.


24 posted on 12/07/2006 8:07:31 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SonOfTGSL; daughterofTGSL

ping!


25 posted on 12/07/2006 8:14:28 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: fight_truth_decay

It's not a big deal as geomagnetic storms go, but it was a big ejection for this low part of the long term cycle. If any of you would like to get news of such activity, go to Dirk Obudzinski's site.

http://borealis2000.com/data.html
(current news)

Subscribe to his free newsletter, if you like. I did some great shots of an aurora in Colorado in 2003, thanks to Dirk's early notifications and experience.
(front page with link for subscribing)

http://borealis2000.com/


26 posted on 12/07/2006 8:38:00 PM PST by familyop ("G-d is on our side because he hates the Yanks." --Saint Tuco, in the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly")
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To: fight_truth_decay

BTW, in my opinion, global warming has been happening but not for the reasons given by enviro-lefties. The sun has been sending out more warmth for some time, and there's nothing reasonable that we can do at this time to shield the earth from the storms. About all that individuals can do for themselves to get relief from the heat is to move north or move to higher altitudes.


27 posted on 12/07/2006 8:40:56 PM PST by familyop ("G-d is on our side because he hates the Yanks." --Saint Tuco, in the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly")
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To: familyop

See Mars for proof.


28 posted on 12/07/2006 8:50:20 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: daku

It's the Bush/Rove Solar Radiation Intensifier, that's for sure;)


29 posted on 12/07/2006 9:05:39 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: All

-- here's another for perspective:


A picture's worth a thousand words...





An early- and still favorite- post of mine:



The Sun has a Thousand Faces--- Thread
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30 posted on 12/08/2006 3:40:03 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe; kinoxi; Myrddin; familyop
UPDATE: A strong solar radiation storm reported yesterday is subsiding. It is now an S2-category storm posing little threat to astronauts or satellites.

Tonight:

AURORA WATCH: Sky watchers, be alert for auroras. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to brush past Earth tonight, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm. The display will probably favor high latitudes--e.g., Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska--but it could descend as well to northern-tier US states such as Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The source of the CME is sunspot 930, which has been exploding regularly since it first appeared on Dec. 5th. The "angry sunspot" is slowly turning to face Earth. As it does, it might send more CMEs our way, and they would hit head-on rather than merely brushing past. By next week, Northern Lights could reach deep into the United States. Stay tuned. (And keep your fingers crossed.)

SpaceWeather.com

31 posted on 12/08/2006 6:59:11 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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