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Sun Erupts With Major Solar Flare
Spacve.com/YahooNews ^ | 3/5/12 | SPACE.com Staff

Posted on 03/05/2012 10:23:10 AM PST by Kartographer

A major solar flare erupted from the sun late last night (March 4) sending an explosion of plasma and charged particles hurtling toward Earth.

The flare was an X1.1-class solar flare and exploded from the surface of the sun at 11:13 p.m. EST (0413 GMT March 5), according to the Space Weather Prediction Center operated by the National Weather Service.

X-class flares are the most powerful type of solar storm, with M-class eruptions falling within the mid-range, and C-class flares being the weakest.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; science; solaractivity; solarflare; sun
IN COMING!
1 posted on 03/05/2012 10:23:16 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Is there an ETA?


2 posted on 03/05/2012 10:24:44 AM PST by AU72
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To: Kartographer

BTTT.


3 posted on 03/05/2012 10:25:07 AM PST by allmost
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To: Kartographer
So what night do we look for an outstanding Aurora Borealis?
4 posted on 03/05/2012 10:25:50 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: AU72

beginning late Tuesday (March 6) and lasting through Wednesday (March 7)


5 posted on 03/05/2012 10:30:14 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
beginning late Tuesday (March 6) and lasting through Wednesday (March 7)

Thanks, maybe my tinfoil hat could be good for something.

6 posted on 03/05/2012 10:38:35 AM PST by AU72
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To: Kartographer
"It's coming right at us!"


7 posted on 03/05/2012 10:45:03 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

The Sun? What is it?


8 posted on 03/05/2012 10:46:12 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Kartographer

“Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day. Get it?”


9 posted on 03/05/2012 10:58:57 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: dfwgator

It’s the big red ball in the sky,
but that’s not important right now.


10 posted on 03/05/2012 11:00:28 AM PST by archaicoldschool (.)
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To: Kartographer

“Looks like I picked a bad day to give up sniffing glue.”


11 posted on 03/05/2012 11:01:15 AM PST by apoxonu
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To: Pride in the USA
Pingaling!

beginning late Tuesday (March 6) and lasting through Wednesday (March 7)

12 posted on 03/05/2012 11:04:16 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: Kartographer

13 posted on 03/05/2012 11:08:49 AM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: agere_contra

Flare? What Flare?
14 posted on 03/05/2012 11:16:40 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Must be all those SUVs on the sun...


15 posted on 03/05/2012 11:20:14 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: Kartographer

“Sun Erupts With Major Solar Flare”

Women and children most affected.

Bush blamed for unruly Sun activity.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 11:30:16 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Kartographer

Better alert the EPA...solar flares and volcanos are the worst poluters...EPA will likely shut the sun down.


17 posted on 03/05/2012 12:17:43 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: bgill

To put it in perspective, that flare is several times bigger than the Earth.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 12:29:54 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Deo volente

....should we FReep like there’s no tomorrow?


19 posted on 03/05/2012 12:40:42 PM PST by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: lonevoice

Yep. Expect a lot of those “strange sky sounds” to be heard all over the world as the energy waves produced by the solar flare pierce our ionosphere and disrupt the Earth’s magnetic field. I’d also expect some severe weather for the next couple of days and a temporary disruption in parts of the electrical grid.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 1:45:57 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Kartographer

The stimulus is working!

We just need more solar panels to take advantage of it.


21 posted on 03/05/2012 6:23:34 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: AU72

The flare - 8 minutes from when it happened.

The associated CME - 2 to 3 days.

Directv has been flaky today - most certainly related.


22 posted on 03/05/2012 6:33:22 PM PST by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: Pride in the USA
Per the Solar Terrestrial Activity Report':

"The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled on March 5. Sometime on March 6 or early on March 7 could see the arrival of the CME observed on March 4 and could cause unsettled to minor storm conditions. The March 5 CME could arrive late on March 6 or on March 7 and cause unsettled to major storm conditions."

These are often way over-hyped. Per last report, "No obviously Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO and STEREO imagery." So don't look for many spectacular results... other than some increased color in Alaskan auroras.

23 posted on 03/05/2012 6:39:33 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Kartographer

I had read that during the great solar storm in the 1850’s, there were a few telegraph operators who were electrocuted by the pulse.


24 posted on 03/05/2012 6:40:24 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: AU72
"ETA?"

Tuesday and Wednesday...

25 posted on 03/05/2012 6:41:03 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Kartographer

Expect a light show in the lower latitudes.


26 posted on 03/05/2012 9:39:06 PM PST by U-238
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To: Kartographer
According to SPACEWEATHER it's going to miss us but Mercury and Venus will take direct hits.

NASA ANIMATION.

27 posted on 03/05/2012 9:42:22 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: Pride in the USA

So much for good DXing in the near future.


28 posted on 03/05/2012 9:45:15 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: txhurl

Everybody Wang Chung tonight.


29 posted on 03/05/2012 9:45:36 PM PST by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: djf

>>>I had read that during the great solar storm in the 1850’s, there were a few telegraph operators who were electrocuted by the pulse.<<<

Otherwise known as the Carrington Event or the Carrington Solar Flare of August 28 - Sept 2, 1859. Auroras were seen all over the world. Telegraphs were affected; some stations burst into flames. People reported being able to see at night as it was daytime. Ice core analysis indicates that similar events occur at 500 year intervals, which is not the same as saying the next one will occur in 350 years - it just means that’s the average. It could happen tomorrow, or it might not happen again for 1,000 years.

I live in Alaska and we like the northern lights. Not enough to fry my computer, though.


30 posted on 03/05/2012 10:05:05 PM PST by redpoll
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