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Monster Sunspot Threatens to Unleash Powerful Solar Flares
Space.com via Yahoo ^ | 5/8/12 | Mike Wall

Posted on 05/08/2012 10:44:06 AM PDT by Kartographer

An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

The huge sunspot complex, known as AR 1476, rotated into Earth's view over the weekend. It measures more than 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across, researchers said. Scientists with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, a space-based telescope watching the sun, dubbed the solar structure a "monster sunspot" in a Twitter announcement.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: solarstorm
"Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun, and I say

It's all right"

1 posted on 05/08/2012 10:44:19 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer
We all gonna die or will we loose satellite signals ?

Got any ides on when it gonna hit

2 posted on 05/08/2012 10:54:50 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: piroque
I dunno ... my GPS has been a little flakey for a few months now, and I thought it was satalite manipulation or whatever.

I think .. well .... we're all gonna' die.

Yup .. that's it ... we're all gonna' die.

3 posted on 05/08/2012 10:59:08 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Maybe it’s a tumor.


4 posted on 05/08/2012 10:59:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: Kartographer
we27re doomed Pictures, Images and Photos
5 posted on 05/08/2012 11:00:55 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: piroque

In my service career, I was a telecommunications controller. In the early 70s I was working long-haul HF (5K miles plus), VHF communications with a smattering of UHF and EHF stuff.

We had a SIDs one day (Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance) which sponged out hop/skip communications using the ionosphere...totally dead!....the higher frequencies came back first but it hit everything from HF up to UHF. Lasted about 30 minutes. We were told the sunspot cycle came every 11 years....

From the gist of things lately, the bombarding of the ionosphere this time might be much more dramatic...hard to tell what’s gonna happen. While the higher frequencies might not be affected so much, attenuation may be increased. Systems like GPS and/or DBS who don’t have all that much signal margin might marginalize or be affected moreso.....

In any case, we shall see what we shall see.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 11:03:17 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Kartographer

The Global Warmists are hard at work producing a report that will blame Republicans driving SUVs for the sunspot.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: Kartographer

Ref: #1476 at left of photo: one big mother sunspot group.

8 posted on 05/08/2012 11:04:23 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Kartographer
Is this going to help the DX on HF and 6 meters?

CQ CQ CQ DX.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/08/2012 11:04:37 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: a fool in paradise
Maybe it’s a tumor.


It's nawda toomah!

10 posted on 05/08/2012 11:04:51 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: knarf
Now that I think about it , With obama leading the charge the government's gonna save us , / sarcasm tag
11 posted on 05/08/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Kartographer
That's okay. I got a box of road flares I can release right back! :-)


12 posted on 05/08/2012 11:14:30 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Pride in the USA
Yikes! See pic in post #8
13 posted on 05/08/2012 11:18:58 AM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

There’s a little black spot on the sun today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3zo5Hbof8k


14 posted on 05/08/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Kartographer
Everybody Panic!, Animated gif, "o noes" and "omg"
15 posted on 05/08/2012 11:34:37 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: a fool in paradise

Iss nota tumuh!


16 posted on 05/08/2012 11:43:58 AM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: Kartographer

See, the sky really is falling!


17 posted on 05/08/2012 11:47:13 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Kartographer

Dinosaur gas expulsion is the root cause of this. The gases took a long time to reach the sun.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 12:01:00 PM PDT by BushCountry (I hope the Mayans are wrong!)
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To: Kartographer

My solar cells always seem to show a significant increase in electricity produced during these events.


19 posted on 05/08/2012 12:14:17 PM PDT by Errant
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To: lonevoice

Jovian SUVs driven by Space lizard Republicans are responsible for all the Sun’s issues...


20 posted on 05/08/2012 12:19:05 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: andy58-in-nh

1476 is a big group, but there are not many others, across the face of the sun. Seems like this cycle is still pretty thin for sunspots overall.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 12:38:28 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: lonevoice

Get ready for a lot of Earth songs.


22 posted on 05/08/2012 12:52:17 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: GraceG
Someone's been peeking in my garage window again? :-)


23 posted on 05/08/2012 1:16:29 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: Kartographer

Everyone is urged to look up the Carrington Event of 1859. Just for a laugh.

Back then, all we had were telegraphs. There is no telling what would happen from such a powerful solar storm today, with all our smart phones, onboard vehicle computers, satellites, the Internet and a rickety power grid.

Intellectual curiosity ... no prepper stuff today. Just sayin’ ...


24 posted on 05/08/2012 1:32:14 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: Kartographer

Every household should have stored 1 gallon water per person per day for a minimum of two weeks.


25 posted on 05/10/2012 7:41:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Dumb question...is this the end of the current “Maunder Minimum”?


26 posted on 05/10/2012 7:43:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kartographer

27 posted on 05/10/2012 7:46:09 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Drill Thrawl

28 posted on 05/10/2012 7:48:02 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BenLurkin

From what I’ve seen, the present sunspot cycle has been particularly short-lived and weak, and may presage an extended period of solar quiescence (i.e. - a “minimum” period, which may have already begun).


29 posted on 05/10/2012 7:59:12 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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