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Posted on 12/07/2006 7:31:05 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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.
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."
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.
When is it supposed to hit?
Those Russian spy killers are taking things too far now...
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):
Maybe reason #2 that they scrapped the Discovery?
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!
cool, will this turn the astronauts into those fantastic 4 guys????
Probably reason #1, but they used the clouds for cover ;-)
Don't know..do you think it made all the animals of late turn on man? ;)
Prepare... tinfoil... hat...
Haven't you heard? Tin Foil Hats are a Government Plot! They actually serve as antennas at important mind control frequencies!
Bummer...The lead hat weighs too much but I guess it'll have to do.
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)
There goes 20M....
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.
OOps..little flare in between d and s on Head's (correction!)Heads..
I believe it was in 1859 that a massive solar storm disrupted telegraph communications in Chicago and Canada.
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.
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.
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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.
See Mars for proof.
It's the Bush/Rove Solar Radiation Intensifier, that's for sure;)
-- here's another for perspective:
A picture's worth a thousand words...
An early- and still favorite- post of mine:
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.)