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The Secret Lives of Solar Flares
NASA ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | NA

Posted on 09/21/2011 4:37:17 PM PDT by neverdem

One hundred and fifty two years ago, a man in England named Richard Carrington discovered solar flares.

Sunspots sketched by R. Carrington on Sept. 1, 1859. © R. Astronomical Society. [more] It happened at 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1st, 1859. Just as usual on every sunny day, the 33-year-old solar astronomer was busy in his private observatory, projecting an image of the sun onto a screen and sketching what he saw. On that particular morning, he traced the outlines of an enormous group of sunspots. Suddenly, before his eyes, two brilliant beads of white light appeared over the sunspots; they were so bright he could barely stand to look at the screen.

Carrington cried out, but by the time a witness arrived minutes later, the first solar flare anyone had ever seen was fading away.

It would not be the last. Since then, astronomers have recorded thousands of strong flares using instruments ranging from the simplest telescopes in backyard observatories to the most complex spectrometers on advanced spacecraft. Possibly no other phenomenon in astronomy has been studied as much.

After all that scrutiny, you might suppose that everything about solar flares would be known. Far from it. Researchers recently announced that solar flares have been keeping a secret.

“We’ve just learned that some flares are many times stronger than previously thought,” says University of Colorado physicist Tom Woods who led the research team. “Solar flares were already the biggest explosions in the solar system—and this discovery makes them even bigger.”...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; nasa; physics; sdo; solarflares

1 posted on 09/21/2011 4:37:19 PM PDT by neverdem
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2 posted on 09/21/2011 4:39:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Hell, we were all gonna die anyway!

3 posted on 09/21/2011 4:49:03 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a small monthly donor.)
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4 posted on 09/21/2011 5:03:03 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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Thanx for the ping Fractal Trader !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

5 posted on 09/21/2011 5:07:19 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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6 posted on 09/21/2011 11:16:51 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping, Neverdem.

Piers Corbyn has been forecasting weather and more, successfully, by including the Sun’s effect in the calculations.

7 posted on 09/22/2011 4:49:05 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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Thanks neverdem.

8 posted on 09/22/2011 8:55:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link --
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Quite the long-distance microwave oven........

9 posted on 09/23/2011 4:25:40 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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