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Tsunami of solar flares heading to Earth, may disrupt satellites
Digital Journal ^ | 6/8/11 | Andrew Moran

Posted on 06/08/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by mgstarr

Greenbelt - A "dramatic" solar flare has erupted from the sun, which has created spectacular images captured by NASA's observatories. Scientists believe it won't have a significant impact on Earth, but some communications satellites could be disrupted. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory viewed spectacular images from the sun on Tuesday. The sun unleashed a medium-sized M-2 solar flare, a coronal mass ejection (CME) and an S1-class radiation storm from sunspot complex 1226-1227.

At 1:41 a.m. (EST), all of the solar Heliophysics System Observatory missions witnessed the large cloud of bright plasma and high energy particles that came up and then fell down, which covered an area nearly half of the solar surface. The CME is moving at 1,400 km/s and may have an effect on the Earth’s magnetic field on the nights of Jun. 8 and Jun. 9.

This is the largest blast of radiation on a level that has not been experienced since 2006. The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a statement Tuesday where it forewarned of a G1 (minor) to G2 (moderate) levels of Geomagnetic Storm activity Wednesday.

“A prompt Solar Radiation Storm reached the S1 (minor) level soon after the impulsive R1 (minor) Radio Blackout at 0641 UTC,” said the National Weather Service. “The Solar Radiation Storm includes a significant contribution of high energy (>100 MeV) protons, the first such occurrence of an event of that type since December 2006.”

NASA scientists haven’t made any dire statements concerning the severity of these solar flares, but according to Agence-France Presse, officials have warned that Earth’s communications satellites could be disrupted.

“Generally it is not going to cause any big problems, it will just have to be managed. If you fly from the United States to Asia, flying over the North Pole, there are well over a dozen flights every day,” said principal investigator for the cosmic ray telescope for the effects of radiation (CRaTER).

“People operating satellites would keep an eye on this, too, because geomagnetic storming can interfere with satellites in various ways whether it is the satellite itself or the signal coming down from the receiver.” The largest solar storm to hit Earth was back in 1859 when the solar flares disrupted telegraph lines and there were numerous fires reported in Canada, the United States and Europe. There were news reports of people gathering on street corners and some “old women being frightened to death.”


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: solarflares

1 posted on 06/08/2011 10:52:02 AM PDT by mgstarr
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To: mgstarr

women and minorities hardest hit


2 posted on 06/08/2011 10:54:32 AM PDT by wny
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To: mgstarr

3 posted on 06/08/2011 11:00:43 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (My new business is great! I make prayer rugs w/ bombs inside. Prophets are going thru the roof!)
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To: Quix; Ezekiel

ping...


4 posted on 06/08/2011 11:00:57 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 867 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: mgstarr
AP, REUTERS, CNN, MSNBC __ A world wide consensus among experts and solar flare scientists have concluded that the solar flare crisis is directly caused by an over abundance of heterosexual marriages, bitter clinging to private gun ownership and Bibles, as well as out-dated ideas such as so-called "free enterprise". Calls have been made for an the empowering of an international body of enlightened elites to enact common sense regulations to prevent or delay this looming disaster.

While there is no actual dispute concerning the root causes of the solar flare epidemic, a small fringe of conservative fanatics oppose the establishment of such a body, preferring instead to give tax breaks to billionaires and trillioniares and to end Medicare as we know it.

5 posted on 06/08/2011 11:05:37 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: San Jacinto

I’m sure global warming somehow causes solar flares too!! ;-)


6 posted on 06/08/2011 11:10:28 AM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: mgstarr

With credit/debit card data from every cash register transaction in America being transmitted via satellite, it’s just a matter of time before it all goes dark.

In the next world war space assets will be targeted first and the walls will come crumbling down.


7 posted on 06/08/2011 11:16:26 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: mgstarr

Float some TSA nazis up there—that’ll take care of it.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 12:09:59 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: mgstarr
That movie of the event is fantastic! You can even see the "splashes" when clumps of the ejected solar material fall back onto the solar "surface".

Looks to me like the amount of solar mass ejected far exceeded the mass of the earth...

9 posted on 06/08/2011 12:20:45 PM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
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To: mgstarr

Here is a cool video of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpQmS3adLgI


10 posted on 06/08/2011 12:28:07 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: mgstarr

on the Fox and Friends morning show today...

Brian Kilmeade: It knocked the power out at my house for about a minute.

Unseen stagehand: Bush’s Fault!


11 posted on 06/08/2011 12:31:38 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TXnMA

Just think each one of those bursts are larger than our planet.


12 posted on 06/08/2011 12:32:23 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Talk about lighting a fart!


13 posted on 06/08/2011 12:47:24 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Sprite518
The "holes" they squirt out of are big enough to shoot our planet out like a cannonball. That is one factor in my estimating that the mass of the ejecta was greater than Earth's mass...

Bit the AGWIdiots insist that our cars are a bigger influence on climate than the Sun. :-(

14 posted on 06/08/2011 12:53:37 PM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
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To: Redleg Duke

Did you see that comet or whatever it is on the right hand side at 2:38 seconds? Compare that to the size of the Sun or our Earth? Good grief it’s huge!


15 posted on 06/08/2011 12:56:05 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: TXnMA

Exactly!

What is that on the right side of the Video at 2:38?


16 posted on 06/08/2011 12:57:13 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

“Did you see that comet or whatever it is on the right hand side at 2:38 seconds? Compare that to the size of the Sun or our Earth? Good grief it’s huge!”

Yeah! I went back and looked for it because I didn’t think anything of it the first time I watched the video. So that was a comet, that absolutely vertical line with a bright spot at the bottom of it?


17 posted on 06/08/2011 1:14:29 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

I don’t know what it is... My guess is a Comet, but I cannot say that for sure.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 1:16:15 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: mgstarr
... may have an effect on the Earth’s magnetic field on the nights of Jun. 8 and Jun. 9.

The effects are only at night???? Who knew!!

19 posted on 06/08/2011 1:29:45 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Sprite518; Redleg Duke; RoadTest
The video I watched only ran a couple of seconds, and had no such object on it. However, bright, sharp-ended, horizontal and vertical lines -- with central "bulges" due to bright reflections inside the satellites' optical systems are common.

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BTW, what is the URL of the (longer) video you asked about?

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I've also heard them explained as reflections off of the cross-wires supporting the sun-occluding disk on satellites that block out the sun itself to show just the corona. Another explanation given is saturation of single rows of sensors on the CCD imaging arrays.

Probably an imaging artifact -- not a comet or the mythical "Nemesis planet"...

20 posted on 06/08/2011 4:02:32 PM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
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To: TXnMA

The video is about 3 minutes long. It clearly sticks out at 2 minutes and 38 seconds in the video. This object is huge if you compare it to our planet size compared to the Sun.


21 posted on 06/08/2011 7:30:18 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: OB1kNOb

yep.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 7:33:38 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Sprite518

I believe that is Venus.


23 posted on 06/08/2011 7:47:43 PM PDT by NELSON111
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