Skip to comments.NASA says large CME on Sun headed for Earth: Expected Arrival August 3rd.
Posted on 08/02/2010 1:26:03 PM PDT by TaraP
On Sunday, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a complex magnetic eruption on the sun. The NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) also spotted a large coronal mass ejection (CME) The eruption happened around (3:50 am EST), the SDO detected a C3 class solar flare originating from a group of sunspots (called sunspot 1092). The flare itself was not that large, but the filament located about 70,000 miles away erupted at the same time.
A filament is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape.
Filament is anchored to the Sun's surface in the photosphere, and extends outward into the Sun's corona. It is a long magnetic structure rising above the surface of the sun, filled with cool plasma.
The flare and filament erupted at the same time, this suggests they are connected by long-range magnetic field lines. Some believe the flare may have accelerated the eruption of the filament. Eventually, a giant magnetic bubble of plasma broke and blasted out into space.
The problem is, the eruption occurred on the side of the sun facing earth which means, the Coronal Mass Ejection is on its way to the planet earth.
It's expected arrival is Aug. 3. This is known as a geomagnetic storm, and they have been known to cause electrical power outages and damage communications satellites. They drive shock waves which produce energetic particles that can be damaging to both electronic equipment and astronauts that venture outside the protection of the Earth's magnetic field.
Expect the government and all observatories to be on high alert.They know a CME is coming, they can probably prepare for its arrival. The reason I find this particular story interesting is because the event being discussed continues to happen more frequently, and on a larger scale than prior events of such a magnitude. Is our solar system going through a time of great change? Should we spend more time laying under the stars?
We will see how this particular CME effects earth on August 3rd. It will effect the area of earth facing the sun.
Just in Time for the Michigan primary races.
Thank goodness I live on the dark side of the Earth.
In short, we have just witnessed a complex global eruption involving almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun.
A coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the event is heading directly for Earth: SOHO movie. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when it arrives on or about August 3rd.
Are we all going to die tomorrow or not?
1... That's "affect", not "effect".
2... The area facing the sun - Duh.
3... Which area is that, pray tell?
Okay, so should we be preparing for this or is it just a really cool thing to teach in my homeschool?
Some of us will never die...
Says who: Jesus Christ..:)
But it’s not 2012 yet!!! The Mayans LIED! (Or was it Bush?)
Search “September 2, 1859” to learn about the biggest solar event in recorded history. The magnetic storm wrought havoc with the newly invented telegraph (aka the “Victorian internet”).
Some of us will; most won’t.
Great, we have a Primary Election tomorrow!
I’m hoping for another CME on Nov. 2.
a “Congressional Mass Ejection”.
Goodbye everybody!................Been nice KNOWING ya'll!................
Probably not, but if this:
turns from green to yellow to red, chances are good you may be seeing strange lights in the sky if you live in the northern latitudes. And it won’t be Bush’s fault.
Uh, the LIGHT side?..................
So what time is this going to hit what part of earth and how long does it last?
Wonder how this will affect the Space Station. Is that cooling system back up at the ISS or are they up for a heck of an episode?
As long as it’s before 1:00 pm. Anything after that and I’m still going to have to sit through a crap meeting. I’d rather not spend an eternity thinking “wow my last hour on Earth was spent staring at a stupid power point presentation that I didn’t care one bit about”
What about the dems October surprise?
Maybe the West Coast...
Not sure if I am having a hallucination! but I am in Southern Cal (San Diego) and the Sky does not look right, We have many beautiful Clouds although very srange shapes and the Sky looks lower it truly does..
It just looks like it has moved..Very strange.
Look on the bright side. At least there will be no Palestinian State!.................
60's Acid flashback?.............
Bawhahahhaha...damn that was good!! LOL!
That’s impressive to see it like that without a telescope.
“C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth”
Good page to teach from:
We have to wait and see how much mass was ejected from the filament eruption.
Yeah, it happens every year. Unplug your toaster.
Now that's a really silly question. Just switch to SPF 40! Oh, and drink plenty of fluids.
Expect some Democrat somewhere to cite this as how the electronic ballot box concluded "the wrong guy" won.
“....and the Sky looks lower it truly does..”
The sky is falling!
LOL..No... really that is what the Sky looks like...
“....and the Sky looks lower it truly does..”
The sky is falling!
He passed that info along via Paul of Tarsus ...
If you can see the “spot” on the sun from earth with the naked eye, does not that mean it (the light and associated EM energy) has already arrived? Does not EM energy travel at the speed of light?
I’m tossing the BS flag on this photo. Maybe some astro-physicist will tell me otherwise....
Record Collapse of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere Puzzles Scientists
By SPACE.com Staff
posted: 15 July 2010
04:03 pm ET
An upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere recently collapsed in an unexpectedly large contraction, the sheer size of which has scientists scratching their heads, NASA announced Thursday.
The layer of gas called the thermosphere is now rebounding again. This type of collapse is not rare, but its magnitude shocked scientists.
Is there a host around the sun?
Huh. Sting was right.
“There’s a little black spot on the sun today...”
I'm disappointed. These are usually a pretty good show in Idaho. Unfortunately, I'm in San Diego on a business trip.
Well my brother is (a theoretical physicist). Anyway, the electrons, protons, and heavy nuclei ejected from the flare move much slower than the speed of light.
I read about the Class 3 Solar Flare and the Dark Filament exploding at Spaceweather.com on Saturday and was hoping NASA did not “miscalculate” when they said it should do little more than cause electronic interference and Auroras to appear farther South than usual. When I read it my first thought was this movie.......”Knowing”.
If people understood the violence of the Universe and the fact that the Sun will one day eradicate all life on Earth, maybe sooner than we think, they would laugh at the idea of spending hundreds of billions to thwart so-called Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Earth is a cinder-in-waiting and these morons are worried about the oderless, colorless, inert gas we exhale every day. It’s mind-boggling.
Maybe there is something to it and maybe there is not. However, we are in the middle of summer so we would be wise to just shut down our computers tomorrow and head for the beaches. Why take any unnecessary chances?
Why would it take so long to get here. Doesn’t light take something like 8 minutes to reach earth from the sun. What speed do magnetic storms travel at? Where’s my sandwich?
We’re promised that the earth will continue until the last days before it is re-made,
so I wouldn’t worry about it - teach your kids, and also teach the promise in Genesis 8:22.
While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night. Shall not cease.
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