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Sun's storms set to intensify
The Gympie Times ^ | 7th July 2009 | Rebekah Polley

Posted on 07/07/2009 2:29:50 PM PDT by Squidpup

ASTRONOMERS are claiming that Earth is witnessing the biggest and most powerful Sunspot ever seen and the sunspot is yet to peak in intensity.

A sunspot is a magnetic storm on the surface of the sun and the area of the spot is colder than the normal surface.

The normal surface is about 5000 degrees, the temperature of a sunspot is about 3000 degrees.

The size of a sunspot varies, ranging from the size of the moon to 65 times larger than the size of earth and lasts for about a month then fades away.

This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and has occurred on the side of the sun, which is in view of Australia.

Wappa Falls Observatory head astronomer Owen Bennedick describes the sunspot shape like the letter S and thinks it to be approximately 150,000 km long and 30,000 km wide.

“It's flares have not yet been measured,” Owen Bennedick said, “but it is like hundreds of thousands of hydrogen bombs.”

The flares have been so bright that NASA has had trouble taking accurate pictures of the sunspot.

Mr Bennedick said the sunspot is still growing in intensity but predicts it could climax by today.

The sunspot will cause the Earth's atmosphere to heat up, potentially creating problems to powerlines, radio transmitters and delicate equipment such as mobile phones and computers.

Mr Bennedick suggests powerline filters be installed on computers and people should put on extra sunscreen.

Sunspots appear on the sun in cycles, occurring every 11 years, the current cycle has four years until it reaches it peak.

The last sunspot happened two years ago and was the most powerful flare yet measuring x28.

Most sunspot flares measure around x12 which is still considered powerful.

The Sunspot two years ago was 45 times larger than the earth and lasted for 45 days.

Since that sunspot, no more had been seen until Sunday, this latest one considered the most powerful yet.

The Wappa Falls Observatory is in the process of installing a new 12 inch telescope which will allow a greater view of the sky.

The new telescope was bought in honour of Kerry Mounter who recently passed away.

Mr Mounter was an inspiration to all who worked at the Wappa Falls Observatory. The telescope will be dedicated to his memory.


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Either nothing or something big...

Apparently different than the current Sunspot 1024

1 posted on 07/07/2009 2:29:50 PM PDT by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup

OMG!! It’s all our fault. If only we weren’t so darn selfish releasing all that CO2 into the atmosphere! /S


2 posted on 07/07/2009 2:32:00 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Squidpup

But, it’s all man made and who do you serve if you sue the sun.


3 posted on 07/07/2009 2:32:24 PM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Squidpup

bttt


4 posted on 07/07/2009 2:32:39 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Squidpup

This is almost certainly the second summer of the second little ice age: LIA-II.


5 posted on 07/07/2009 2:33:11 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Squidpup
This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and has occurred on the side of the sun, which is in view of Australia.

I guess that would be the dark side.

6 posted on 07/07/2009 2:33:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Squidpup

There will be signs in the skies... and global warming is a lie and Al Gore a liar.


7 posted on 07/07/2009 2:34:11 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Quix
ping


8 posted on 07/07/2009 2:34:33 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Squidpup

Obama’s fault.


9 posted on 07/07/2009 2:35:43 PM PDT by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Squidpup

I don’t know who wrote this hogwash but it is absolute BS on a Solar magnitude. Must be one of Al Gore’s operatives.

Here is the latest summary of Solar activity from NOAA:

Updated 2009 Jul 06 2201 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity

SDF Number 187 Issued at 2200Z on 06 Jul 2009

Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 05/2100Z to 06/2100Z: Solar activity was low. Region 1024 (S27W26) produced an isolated C1/Sf flare at 06/1705Z. Region 1024 showed minor decay with loss of some intermediate spots, but retained a mix of polarities near region center.

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for an isolated C-class flare.

Geophysical Activity Summary 05/2100Z to 06/2100Z: Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet levels.

Geophysical Activity Forecast: Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet levels during days 1 - 2 (07 - 08 July). Activity is expected to increase to quiet to unsettled levels on day 3 (09 July) due to an increase in solar wind velocities associated with a favorably positioned coronal hole.

[Latest Report]


10 posted on 07/07/2009 2:35:50 PM PDT by flash2368 (Scary Times)
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To: Squidpup

Obama’s fault.


11 posted on 07/07/2009 2:35:50 PM PDT by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Squidpup

Bookmark


12 posted on 07/07/2009 2:35:59 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Squidpup
Right. When something impressive shows up, call me on 52.525Mhz.

/johnny

13 posted on 07/07/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Squidpup

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


14 posted on 07/07/2009 2:36:57 PM PDT by Theophilus (Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?)
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To: Squidpup; xzins
Mr Bennedick suggests powerline filters be installed on computers and people should put on extra sunscreen.

I put some sunscreen on my computer and it still crashed.

15 posted on 07/07/2009 2:38:41 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Squidpup

I’m confused, I thought we were not having any sunspots and that is why it’s been so cool.


16 posted on 07/07/2009 2:39:33 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Squidpup

OMG, isn’t this something we can ward off by putting a few $trillion to it? /sarc


17 posted on 07/07/2009 2:39:36 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Repeater? or Calling channel?

Haven’t been on 6 in years.


18 posted on 07/07/2009 2:41:01 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Moonman62
"This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and has occurred on the side of the sun, which is in view of Australia."

Yep. After a comment like that from the reporter, the rest of the article is suspect.

19 posted on 07/07/2009 2:41:06 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Squidpup

S-Spot to climax today.
Women are warned not to use Excite Stimulating Gel
for 24 hours.


20 posted on 07/07/2009 2:41:06 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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To: Squidpup
Sunspot 1024 is currently quiet and now consists of 2 main spots. It appears the chances of stronger solar flares is fading.

They don't seem to be too panicked at solarcycle24.com.

21 posted on 07/07/2009 2:41:26 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: Squidpup
Who writes this CRAP? It's reminiscent of a 6th grader, who was like, you know, walking, and like the Sun, was like shining, and my sentences and thoughts are very short because like, I'm thinking about global warming and like, wow!

The Wappa Falls Observatory is in the process of installing a new 12 inch telescope which will allow a greater view of the sky.

Ooooo! A 12 incher! None of my astro-buddies has one that small.

22 posted on 07/07/2009 2:42:03 PM PDT by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: flash2368

“”I don’t know who wrote this hogwash but it is absolute BS on a Solar magnitude.””

___________________________________________________________

Prolonged Sunspot Drought Ends as New Spots Appear

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

After one of the longest sunspot droughts in modern times, solar activity picked up quickly over the weekend.

A new group of sunspots developed, and while not dramatic by historic standards, the spots were the most significant in many months.

“This is the best sunspot I’ve seen in two years,” observer Michael Buxton of Ocean Beach, Calif., said on Spaceweather.com.

Solar activity goes in a roughly 11-year cycle. Sunspots are the visible signs of that activity, and they are the sites from which massive solar storms lift off.

The past two years have marked the lowest low in the cycle since 1913, and for a while scientists were wondering if activity would ever pick back up.

The new set of spots, named 1024, is kicking up modest solar flares.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,530275,00.html


23 posted on 07/07/2009 2:42:06 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: flash2368

Is there really enough parallax between N.A. and Australia that a spot is only viewable from the Southern Hemi? Seems like a hoax.


24 posted on 07/07/2009 2:44:51 PM PDT by JTHomes
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To: flash2368

That was my hunch - trying to mess with those of us who have some clue about the sunspot-solar wind-cosmic ray-cloud formation-climate dynamic...


25 posted on 07/07/2009 2:45:10 PM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: Squidpup

The sun is dead, long live the sun!

Their imagination is intensifying, is that what they mean?


26 posted on 07/07/2009 2:47:07 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: P-Marlowe; Squidpup

see #’s 10 & 23


27 posted on 07/07/2009 2:48:04 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: Squidpup

3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast issued Jul 06 22:00 UTC

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for an isolated C-class flare.

Geophysical Activity Forecast: Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet levels during days 1 - 2 (07 - 08 July). Activity is expected to increase to quiet to unsettled levels on day 3 (09 July) due to an increase in solar wind velocities associated with a favorably positioned coronal hole.


28 posted on 07/07/2009 2:48:09 PM PDT by thinking
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To: JTHomes

Not even close to enough.


29 posted on 07/07/2009 2:48:32 PM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: MarineBrat

Most ‘journalist’s’ science education consists of watching “Back to the Future”.


30 posted on 07/07/2009 2:48:34 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: flash2368

This is such a strange story. Why all the hyperventilating about a sunspot?


31 posted on 07/07/2009 2:50:20 PM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: dragnet2

So “modest” has become the new mega?


32 posted on 07/07/2009 2:51:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Bigh4u2
FM calling channel. I remember working CA from TX on a handi-talky on 5 watts.

/johnny

33 posted on 07/07/2009 2:51:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Squidpup

Oh my god. We are all going to die.

One "supposed" crises passes without the promised death and devastation so the logic must be - therefor - that the next made up crisis MUST be going to be much worse.

Remember this - we must be scared otherwise there is no reason to vote Democratic.

34 posted on 07/07/2009 2:52:45 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: Squidpup

The sun is such an attention hog. Always up there in the sky shining garishly with its spots and flares, crying out, “oh look at me, I’m sooo much better than you.” What an ego...


35 posted on 07/07/2009 2:53:15 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: xzins
Sunspot groups 1024 developed over the 4th of July weekend, and while it did not create any historically spectacular fireworks, it has been kicking up modest solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090706-sunspot-activity.html

36 posted on 07/07/2009 2:53:57 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: piytar

So it’s either misreported (shouldn’t science beat reporters at least know something about science?) or this is B.S.


37 posted on 07/07/2009 2:54:52 PM PDT by JTHomes
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To: flash2368

I think their excitement over receiving the 12 inch telescope might provide some answers...

hh


38 posted on 07/07/2009 2:55:29 PM PDT by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: editor-surveyor

You’ll have to check with the author for that question.


39 posted on 07/07/2009 2:56:09 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

So, as this article seems to indicate, this is not the baddest of the sunspots ever?


40 posted on 07/07/2009 2:56:24 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: TheWasteLand
The sun is such an attention hog. Always up there in the sky shining garishly with its spots and flares, crying out, “oh look at me, I’m sooo much better than you.” What an ego...

Like cool daddy-0. You show me yours and I'll like show you mine! (sunspot that is....)
41 posted on 07/07/2009 2:58:37 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: wendy1946

Second cloudiest and fourth coldest June on record (and continuing). No Global Warming in MA.


42 posted on 07/07/2009 2:58:37 PM PDT by daniel1212 ( "O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD." (Jer 22:29))
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To: flash2368

Facts? They don’t need no stinkin’ facts. This is global warming they’re talking about.


43 posted on 07/07/2009 2:58:52 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: JRandomFreeper

Is that the frequency, Kenneth?


44 posted on 07/07/2009 2:59:15 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: All

Current SOHO images show nothing but the current 1024 -(I don’t know the current relative locations of the SOHO and the observational location from the story, and whether they would show something different)

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime-images.html


45 posted on 07/07/2009 3:00:12 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Squidpup

http://www.solarcycle24.com/


46 posted on 07/07/2009 3:02:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: daniel1212
Second cloudiest and fourth coldest June on record (and continuing). No Global Warming in MA.

Arizona has had the past couple of months the coolest since 1959. It actually snowed in Phoenix in 1965. It probably snowed earlier but I was to young to pay attention to such tripe. I lived in Prescott and it snowed all the time (1955 - 1964 and beyond).
47 posted on 07/07/2009 3:03:24 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: MarineBrat; Squidpup
Ooooo! A 12 incher! None of my astro-buddies has one that small.

Wished I had a 12" aperture scope.

This is the best I could do with my 10" SCT.


48 posted on 07/07/2009 3:04:16 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Squidpup; neverdem
This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and has occurred on the side of the sun, which is in view of Australia.

What?

49 posted on 07/07/2009 3:05:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (Central park didn't hit 85 degrees in June this year - last time was 1916. Al Gore is nuts.)
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To: flash2368
I don’t know who wrote this hogwash but it is absolute BS on a Solar magnitude. Must be one of Al Gore’s operatives.

So now the Al Gore Cultists are hoping for Strong Solar Activity ? I thought they were worried about Global Warming ?

50 posted on 07/07/2009 3:06:10 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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