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Telescope spots solar tsunami
National Solar Observatory ^ | Dec 7, 2006

Posted on 12/08/2006 10:46:27 PM PST by burzum

Dec. 7, 2006: The prototype of a new solar patrol telescope in New Mexico recorded a tsunami-like shock wave rolling across the visible face of the Sun following a major flare even on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at 18:28 Universal Time (11:28 MST). The shock wave, known as a Moreton wave, also destroyed or compressed two filaments of cool gas at opposite sides of the solar hemisphere.

"These large scale 'blast' waves occur infrequently, however, are very powerful. They quickly propagate in a matter of minutes covering the whole Sun, sweeping away filamentary material," said Dr. K. S. Balasubramaniam, of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Sunspot, NM, who is studying these and other phenomena. "It is unusual to see such powerful waves encompassing the whole sun from ground based observatories. Its significance comes from the fact that these waves are occurring near solar minimum, when intense activity is yet to pick up."

(Excerpt) Read more at nso.edu ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: science; sun; sunspot
Check out one of the videos (the last one is the best):

video 1 (animated gif)
video 2
video 3

Spaceweather.com is also covering this.

1 posted on 12/08/2006 10:46:29 PM PST by burzum
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To: burzum

thanks, bfl


2 posted on 12/08/2006 10:51:26 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam
Don't know if this is up your alley, but here it is anyway.

L

3 posted on 12/08/2006 10:54:09 PM PST by Lurker (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: All

Bush's fault


4 posted on 12/08/2006 11:01:01 PM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: ApplegateRanch

Ping-a-roonie-toonie.


5 posted on 12/08/2006 11:10:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: burzum; Lurker; tricky_k_1972; KevinDavis; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks Burzum for the topic, Lurker for the ping; and passing it along...


6 posted on 12/08/2006 11:11:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

thanks, Like WOW!


7 posted on 12/08/2006 11:20:25 PM PST by Fred Nerks (MEDIA + ENEMY = ENEMEDIA!)
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To: burzum
We can do the same on a smaller scale with a few B 52's....


8 posted on 12/08/2006 11:24:45 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: burzum
Excellent vids. APOD had a good vid of a flare a couple of days ago.
9 posted on 12/08/2006 11:45:52 PM PST by zeugma (I reject your reality and substitute my own in its place. (http://www.zprc.org/))
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To: Reform4Bush
The Karl Rove Solar Flare and Global Warming Machinetm is working again after a software glitch last month.
10 posted on 12/08/2006 11:48:10 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Happy Birthday Reiko Aylesworth! (24ís "Michelle Dessler"))
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To: burzum

bttt


11 posted on 12/09/2006 12:33:11 AM PST by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: burzum

Another reminder of why we need to have a backup plan for a "Y2K-style" meltdown of our electronic infrastructure.

All it takes is one major solar belch to put us back in the horse and buggy days. Yet there are ostriches promoting the "cashless" society, leaving us vulnerable to massive solar events, blackouts, and just plain old-fashion hacking.

During the great blackout of '03...I had green in pocket, so while others were flat broke, unable to fill their tanks even at the gas stations that HAD power, because their cards could not process, I was filling the jugs and firing up the generator.


12 posted on 12/09/2006 12:34:08 AM PST by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: burzum

Watch Slick Willy trying to glom some money & fame off this tsunami as well...


13 posted on 12/09/2006 3:07:11 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: burzum

The amount of energy in that wave must be enormous. If only we could run a jumper wire to the sun.


14 posted on 12/09/2006 5:33:24 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye; Dog

Ping


15 posted on 12/09/2006 5:41:14 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: SunTzuWu

Bump for later reading.


16 posted on 12/09/2006 7:35:14 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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