Skip to comments.Sun Erupts With Major Solar Flare
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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The stimulus is working!
We just need more solar panels to take advantage of it.
The flare - 8 minutes from when it happened.
The associated CME - 2 to 3 days.
Directv has been flaky today - most certainly related.
"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.
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.
Tuesday and Wednesday...
Expect a light show in the lower latitudes.
So much for good DXing in the near future.
Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
>>>I had read that during the great solar storm in the 1850s, 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.
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