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  • Obama’s Cruel and Costly Climate Hoax

    11/13/2014 9:21:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | Alan Caruba
    The new Congress must take whatever action it can to reverse and stop the harm that it represents; people’s jobs and lives depend on it. The intense cold that many Americans are encountering arrives more than a month before the official start of winter on December 2l. To discuss this, we need to keep in mind that weather is what is occurring now. Climate is measured over longer periods, the minimum of which is thirty years and, beyond that, centuries. We are colder these days because the Earth has been in a cooling cycle for 19 years and that cycle...
  • LOTS OF SOLAR FLARES (Today)

    10/22/2014 7:23:25 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    Spaceweather.com ^ | 10/22/2014 | Spaceweather
    During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has unleashed seven M-class solar flares. The most powerful of the bunch (Oct 22nd at 0159 UT) was an M9-class eruption that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash. UV radiation from the flare ionized Earth's upper atmosphere, causing a brief blackout of HF radio communications on the dayside of Earth (e.g., parts of Asia and Australia). In addition, the explosion might have hurled a CME into space. Confirmation awaits the arrival of coronagraph data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Stay tuned...
  • Another significant paper finds low climate sensitivity to CO2, suggesting no global warming crisis

    10/14/2014 11:42:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Watts Up with That ^ | October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Watts
    Hot on the heels of the Lewis and Curry paper, we have this new paper, which looks to be well researched, empirically based, and a potential blockbuster for dimming the alarmism that has been so prevalent over climate sensitivity. With a climate sensitivity of just 0.43°C, it takes the air out of the alarmism balloon. The Hockey Schtick writes: A new paper published in the Open Journal of Atmospheric and Climate Change by renowned professor of physics and expert on spectroscopy Dr. Hermann Harde finds that climate sensitivity to a doubling of CO2 levels is only about [0.6C], about 7...
  • Chat logs reveal FBI informant Sabu’s role in hacking of Sun newspaper

    10/14/2014 12:29:26 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/14/2014 | James Ball
    US agency faces questions after records show Lulzsec leader Hector Monsegur, who was informant at time, helped attack that closed UK sites The FBI is facing questions over its role in a 2011 hacking attack on Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper in the UK after the publication of chat logs showed that a man acting as an agency informant played a substantial role in the operation. chat records show Monsegur encouraging others to break further into News International systems, claiming to have sources at the Sun, and even apparently helping to break staff’s passwords and to source files for stealing. Monsegur...
  • Water On Earth Is Older Than The Sun

    09/27/2014 4:51:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 09/27/2014
    It's no surprise that water was crucial to the formation of life on Earth. What may surprise you is that water on earth is older than the sun itself. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments came into being and how likely they are to be found elsewhere. A new paper in Science says that much of our Solar System's water likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space. Water is found throughout the Solar System, not just on Earth; on icy comets and moons, and in the shadowed basins of...
  • North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun

    09/05/2014 3:26:46 PM PDT · by TLI · 36 replies
    www.tweaktown.com ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun North Korea sends a 17-year-old man to the Sun, a journey that took just four hours By: Anthony Garreffa This just in: North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours. A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every...
  • Is It The Sun?

    08/07/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 48 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/14 | Jack Dini
    Research into global cooling and its implications for the globe is long overdue We may be witnessing the sun’s last dying gasps before entering into a long slumber. The impact of that slumber on Earth’s climate remains the subject of growing scientific speculation. (1) In 2008 William Livingston and Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, in a controversial paper that contradicted conventional wisdom and upset global warming theorists, predicted that sunspots could more or less disappear after 2015, possibly indicating the onset of another Little Ice Age. They stated, “The occurrence of prolonged periods with no sunspots...
  • Gigantic Eruption off the Sun May 9th

    06/01/2014 8:22:41 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | 5/30/14 | Karen C. Fox
    A coronal mass ejection, or CME, surged off the side of the sun on May 9, 2014, and NASA's newest solar observatory caught it in extraordinary detail. This was the first CME observed by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, which launched in June 2013 to peer into the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere with better resolution than ever before. Watch the movie to see how a curtain of solar material erupts outward at speeds of 1.5 million miles per hour.
  • Astronomers find Sun's 'long-lost brother,' pave way for family reunion

    05/09/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-09-2014 | Provided by University of Texas at Austin
    (Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first "sibling" of the sun—a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star. Ramirez's methods will help astronomers find other solar siblings, which could lead to an understanding of how and where our sun formed, and how our solar system became hospitable for life. The work appears in the June 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal. "We want to know where we were born," Ramirez said. "If we can figure out in what...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orange Sun Sparking

    05/05/2014 9:06:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | May 06, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Our Sun has become quite a busy place. Taken only two weeks ago, the Sun was captured sporting numerous tumultuous regions including active sunspot regions AR 2036 near the image top and AR 2036 near the center. Only four years ago the Sun was emerging from an unusually quiet Solar Minimum that had lasted for years. The above image was recorded in a single color of light called Hydrogen Alpha, inverted, and false colored. Spicules cover much of the Sun's face like a carpet. The gradual brightening towards the Sun's edges is caused by increased absorption of relatively cool...
  • Sunspots 2014: March is another record-breaking month

    04/26/2014 5:29:46 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 12 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Steve Davidson
    SALEM, Ore., April 3, 2014 – Another new solar sunspot record peak of 73.2 was set for Cycle 24 last month. It smashed the old 68.9 record peak set the previous month. In a big surprise, the number is now over six spots higher than the first sunspot peak set in early 2012 and will probably go higher. A secondary peak above the first this much is almost unheard of. The new sunspot peak is unusual for two conflicting reasons: The secondary peak is higher than the first Current physics suggests the solar cycle should be weakening Conflicting signals coming...
  • Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

    03/20/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:14am EDT | By Laila Kearney
    Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth's magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. "Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have...
  • Solar output correlates with the North Atlantic jet stream over a millennium

    03/16/2014 2:41:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Jonova ^ | March 16th, 2014 | Joanne
    A new paper (Moffa-Sánchez et al) reports that they looked at layers of dead plankton in ocean mud (otherwise known as foraminifera in marine sediments) and have reconstructed the temperature and salinity of a couple of spots in the North Atlantic between 818AD – 1780 with data on δ18O and the Mg/Ca ratios. One immediate thought, an aside, is that if this technique works, there is no shortage of ocean mud, surely, and perhaps we could drill and analyze more mud for solar correlations in other places. (I hear foraminifera live in the Southern Hemisphere too). Perhaps no one is looking...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sun and Prominence

    03/04/2014 3:23:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | March 04, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Dramatic prominences can sometimes be seen looming just beyond the edge of the sun. Such was the case last week as a large prominence, visible above, highlighted a highly active recent Sun. A waving sea of hot gas is visible in the foreground chromosphere in great detail as it was imaged in one specific color of light emitted by hydrogen. A solar prominence is a cloud of solar gas held just above the surface by the Sun's magnetic field. The Earth, illustrated in the inset, is smaller than the prominence. Although very hot, prominences typically appear dark when viewed...
  • Poll: 26 percent in U.S. do not know Earth goes around sun

    02/15/2014 12:37:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 79 replies
    UPI ^ | February 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty-six percent of U.S. respondents do not realize Earth revolves around the sun, a survey by the National Science Foundation indicated. The NSF conducts the poll on some basic science facts every two years, The Atlantic reported. The foundation said there has been little change in the percentages of correct answers since 1992.
  • Prehistoric Paint to Shield European Sun Probe from Solar Inferno

    02/14/2014 1:25:31 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Miriam Kramer
    A European spacecraft set to launch toward the sun in 2017 will be protected by a paint once used in prehistoric cave art. The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter probe will be coated in a substance derived from burnt bone charcoal — a type of pigment once used by early humans to create art on the insides of caves in France. The robust substance traditionally made from burned bones should help protect the Solar Orbiter when it flies as closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it. The probe will fly about 26 million miles (42 million kilometers) from...
  • President Obama responds to North Korean invasion [Layers of satire]

    01/26/2014 11:19:25 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Having been briefed by top security advisers about North Korea's success in landing an astronaut on the Sun, President Obama today announced His decisive response. On January 21st, a satirical post "appeared at the Waterford Whisper News...." Mimicking typical North Korean propaganda, it proclaimed, THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun. It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3 am this morning. Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours...
  • Suspect Arrested In Canton Brick Attack That Fractured Victim’s Skull

    01/26/2014 5:05:03 AM PST · by csvset · 29 replies
    WJZ TV ^ | January 24, 2014 | Meghan McCorkell
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A violent attack in what’s considers one of the city’s safest neighborhoods. Now police have made an arrest in the brutal robbery in Canton that left one man severely injured. Investigators say they were able to identify the suspect after he was caught on surveillance camera using the victim’s credit card. Mustafa Eraibi, 19, could spend the rest of his life behind bars, accused in a violent attack in Canton. “Now today, for the Canton area, you can sleep well. This guy is in custody,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore City Police Department. Baltimore Sun Editor John...
  • Solar activity causes particle storm, delays rocket launch

    01/08/2014 7:38:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    latimes.com ^ | January 8, 2014, 6:54 p.m. | Deborah Netburn
    Massive sunspot AR 1944 is getting feisty, and doing some damage. Several Earth-lengths across, it is one of the largest sunspots seen in a decade. It is also complex, with dozens of dark cores. "Sometimes you see a nice, big simple brown sunspot, and even though it's big, it's boring," said Alex Young of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "But as soon as they start getting twisted and breaking apart and merging with each other, you know something exciting is going to happen." And something exciting has happened. Tuesday afternoon, AR 1944 was the source of a powerful X-class solar...
  • STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th

    01/09/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by tired&retired · 87 replies
    spaceweather.com/ ^ | January 9, 2014 | Spaceweather.com
    STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th when a CME is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The speed of the solar wind around Earth could spike to 700 km/s (1.6 million mph) shortly after the impact, sharply compressing Earth's magnetosphere. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. http://spaceweather.com/ HUGE SUNSPOT, CHANCE OF FLARES: The source of the incoming CME is AR1944, one of the largest sunspots of the current solar cycle. The active region sprawls across more than 200,000 km of solar terrain and contains dozens of dark cores. The largest...
  • Comet Ison destroyed in Sun passage

    11/28/2013 3:19:30 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 93 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Nov. 28 ,2013 | BBC
    Comet Ison was severely battered in its encounter with the Sun, and largely destroyed. Telescopes saw the giant ball of ice and dust disappear behind the star, but only a dull streamer emerge. Astronomers continued to search for the object, but it eventually became clear that the much vaunted "Comet of the Century" had gone out with a whimper. Despite its great size, Ison was probably torn apart in the immense heat and tidal forces so close to the Sun.
  • WATCH LIVE TODAY @ 1 pm ET: Comet ISON Buzzes the Sun, SpaceX Rocket Launch

    11/28/2013 8:24:35 AM PST · by Errant · 246 replies
    Space.com ^ | 28 November, 2013 | Staff
    NASA will hold a live Google+ hangout on Thursday (Nov. 28) to webcast the solar passage of Comet ISON as it whips around the sun. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and last until 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). You will be able to watch the webcast live in the window below at the start time. LATEST STORY: Comet ISON Makes Thanksgiving Day Sun Flyby Today: Watch It Live Online
  • Strange Doings on the Sun

    11/11/2013 7:10:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 100 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 10, 2013 7:25 p.m. ET | Robert Lee Hotz
    To complicate the riddle, the sun also is undergoing one of its oddest magnetic reversals on record. Normally, the sun's magnetic north and south poles change polarity every 11 years or so. During a magnetic-field reversal, the sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, drop to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. As far as scientists know, the magnetic shift is notable only because it signals the peak of the solar maximum, said Douglas Biesecker at NASA's Space Environment Center. But in this cycle, the sun's magnetic poles are out of sync, solar scientists said. The sun's north magnetic...
  • Recent Sun Activity Spawns Stunning Aurorae

    11/01/2013 2:38:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Over the past several days the Sun has unleashed more than half a dozen major flares including four X-class events. The resulting aurora in some parts of the world have been beautiful. Here’s a collection of recent images taken by Jason Arhns in Alaska. It seems the aurora is just blanketing not only the sky, but the landscape as well! See more below, as well as a video showing 23 of the 26 M- and X-class flares on the sun between Oct. 23 and Oct. 28, 2013, as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. It also shows the coronal mass...
  • US is primed to overtake Europe and Japan as the technological leader in cell phone technology

    10/07/2002 1:42:41 PM PDT · by sourcery · 86 replies · 1,937+ views
    USS Clueless ^ | 5 Oct 2002 | Steven Den Beste
    Stardate 20021005.2128 (On Screen): As I think many of my readers know, I used to work for Qualcomm designing cell phones. Qualcomm is the company which invented CDMA, and made it practical, and made it into a market success, and it now dominates the American market, where Verizon and Sprint both use it. There are two other nationwide cellular systems: AT&T currently uses IS-136 TDMA, which is obsolete and has no upgrade path. Cingular uses GSM, a more sophisticated form of TDMA from Europe. And right now I'm basking in the evil glow of a major case of schadenfreude. The...
  • Sun set for 11-year magnetic pole flip

    10/07/2013 9:31:58 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 36 replies
    Times of India ^ | Oct 7, 2013, 05.18 AM IST | Amit Bhattacharya, TNN
    NEW DELHI: A special event is about to occur in our sun, and it could impact our lives. The magnetic poles of the sun — which are like the ends of a giant bar magnet — are about to flip, that is, the polar north will become the polar south and vice versa. According to scientists at the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University , the sun could be barely two to three months away from this magnetic field reversal. The change is periodic, taking place once every 11 years or so. The flip also corresponds with peak activity during...
  • Sun Unleashes Another Solar Storm Aimed at Earth

    08/23/2013 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 17 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Tariq Malik
    The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.
  • Comet Makes Suicidal Plunge Into Sun (Video)

    08/21/2013 12:33:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Space.com ^ | 8/20/13 | Mike Wall
    A small comet dove headlong toward the sun this week in a cosmic death-dive captured on camera by a spacecraft — an opening act of sorts for the highly anticipated close solar approach of another comet, Comet ISON, in a few months' time. The minuscule and apparently nameless comet was captured barreling toward our star Monday (Aug. 19) by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft operated by NASA and the European Space Agency. Scientists created of video of the comet's dive toward the sun using the SOHO images. The little comet failed to emerge on the other side of...
  • Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth [but only Aurora activity is expected]

    08/21/2013 11:46:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | August 20, 2013 02:18pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20), sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth. The solar eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred at 4:24 a.m. EDT (0824 GMT) Tuesday and blasted billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at a mind-boggling speed of 2 million mph (3.3 million km/h). ... Tuesday's blast doesn't appear to have too much disruptive potential. "In the past, geomagnetic storms caused by CMEs of this strength have usually been mild," NASA officials wrote. CMEs that hit Earth can also ramp up the auroras, also...
  • Mirror journalist, Sun director to be charged over UK corruption

    08/20/2013 7:51:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    A former journalist at the Daily Mirror tabloid and a veteran editorial director at Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper are to be charged with making illegal payments to public officials, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.
  • A storm is coming: Sun's poles are set to FLIP...

    08/07/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 46 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 6 August 2013 | Victoria Woollaston
    -The sun's magnetic field reverses its polarity once every 11 years or so -Flip represents a peak in solar activity where bursts of energy are released -These bursts can lead to space storms and changes to Earth's climate -Radio and satellite communications may also be affected
  • The Sun has a maximum and no one notices

    08/03/2013 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | July 16 ,2013 | Robert Zimmerman
    Last week, these same scientists also held a press teleconference during a solar science conference to talk about the maximum (and do some damage control in my opinion). Of the two press stories I have seen, one focused on the claim by these scientists that we are not headed for a Grand Minimum, a period when the solar cycle disappears and the Sun no longer produces sunspots for decades at a time. This story isn’t very informative or useful. Its conclusions are based purely on the speculations of these particular scientists, whose ability to predict anything has been very poor,...
  • About that almost ‘Carrington Event’ two weeks ago ( Solar Eruption)....Eronous?

    08/03/2013 9:19:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 2, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    Lots of people talking about this article in the UK daily Mail:A near miss for Earth: Solar flare that could have knocked out power, cars and phones came so close two weeks ago Earth has narrowly missed electromagnetic pulses caused by solar flaresIf they had hit, the pulses could have knocked out electrical equipment over continent-scale regions An electromagnetic pulse that could have knocked electrical equipment over continent-scale regions barely missed Earth two weeks ago, it has been revealed.Source: (h/t Jack Simmons)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2382527/A-near-miss-Earth-Devastating-electromagnetic-pulses-knocked-power-cars-phones-occured-weeks-ago.htmlBut, not so fast…NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips of Spaceweather.com writes: Many readers are asking about a report in the...
  • Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided

    07/31/2013 12:02:01 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 170 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/31/13 | PAUL BEDARD
    Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth's typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there. "The world escaped an EMP catastrophe," said Henry Cooper, who lead strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense. "There had been a near-miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us," said Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission from 2001-2008. He was referring to...
  • The 'gigantic hole' in the SUN that's firing solar material into space...

    07/29/2013 8:42:29 AM PDT · by betty boop · 43 replies
    MailOnline (London Daily Mail) ^ | July 29, 2013 | SARAH GRIFFITHS
    A 'gigantic hole' in the sun's atmosphere, hovering over the solar north pole, has been photographed by a space telescope. The dark spot, which covers almost a quarter of the sun, is a large 'coronal hole' — a dark, low density region of the sun’s outermost atmosphere, the corona. It was spotted by the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft between 13 and 18 July, during which time it was spewing out material including solar wind into space. While the hole looks devoid of solar activity, it was in fact releasing violent blasts of solar wind and...
  • Newsbytes: Sunspot Enigma – Will Inactive Sun Cause Global Cooling?

    07/25/2013 5:24:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 24, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
     From Dr. Benny Peiser and the GWPFWe Really Don’t Understand Our Climate Something is happening to our sun. If history is anything to go by, the sun’s change of mood could affect us all by cooling the earth and throwing our climate change calculations into disarray. It might even be the case that the earth’s response to low solar activity will overturn many of our assumptions about man’s influence on climate change. Cold not warmth might be our future. We do not know. We must keep watching the sun. –David Whitehouse, Public Service Europe, 24 July 2013Global warming has been...
  • Sun’s bizarre activity may trigger another ice age

    07/23/2013 7:40:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 77 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Jul 12, 2013 | Dick Ahlstrom
    Latest data shows solar activity has been falling steadily since mid-1940sIllustration mapping the steady decline in sunspot activity over the last two solar cycles with predicted figures for the current cycle 24 The sun is acting bizarrely and scientists have no idea why. Solar activity is in gradual decline, a change from the norm which in the past triggered a 300-year-long mini ice age.Three leading solar scientists presented the very latest data about the weakening solar activity at a teleconference yesterday in Boulder, Colorado, organised by the American Astronomical Society. It featured experts from Nasa, the High Altitude Observatory and...
  • This solar eruption video will straight up melt your face it's so awesome

    07/19/2013 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Windflier · 40 replies
    io9.com ^ | 7 June 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Damn. We've seen us some solar eruption videos in our day, but this here's a sight to behold. We've got some incredible photo and video for you here, so pay attention — you don't want to miss any of this. Up top you'll find some downright gorgeous footage of a coronal mass ejection (a roiling whip of plasma, hurled from an active region on the Sun). It was shot by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory during an intense solar storm on August 31. Down below we've featured a series of still images from the explosion, and first up is one that...
  • This Week's Super Active Sun Could Disrupt Cell Phone, Radio, And GPS Communications (IAS)

    05/18/2013 1:54:52 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI - AccuWeather ^ | 5-28-2013 | Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com
    This Week's Super Active Sun Could Disrupt Cell Phone, Radio, And GPS Communications Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.comMay 18, 2013, 2:40 PM Solar Flares NASA This week has seen the most active solar flares in this sun cycle, which began in 2008 and will last until 2019. Four high-strength flares occurred May 13 into May 14. "Basically, this is as busy as the Sun has been in a 24-36 hour period since 2004," said AccuWeather.com Astronomer Mark Paquette. Paquette used information researched by Daniel Vogler, co-director of the AccuWeather Astronomy Facebook page. Using data dating back to 1992, Paquette found only one...
  • Solar Activity Surges: Multiple X-Class Flares Reported: NOAA Says More To Come: “Powerful”

    05/14/2013 4:04:23 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    SHT Plan ^ | 5-14-2013 | Mac Slavo
    Solar Activity Surges: Multiple X-Class Flares Reported: NOAA Says More To Come: “Powerful” Mac Slavo May 14th, 2013 Leading up to 2013 many solar researches forecast that activity on the sun would be heating up as it transitioned into its solar maximum cycle, something that occurs about every 11 years. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which monitors solar activity in conjunction with other agencies and space projects, indicates that this wave of powerful solar storms may be starting. Solar storms, which are responsible for emitting Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s), come in waves. In the last 48...
  • Monster radiation burst from Sun

    05/14/2013 9:07:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/14/13 | BBC
    The Sun has unleashed its most powerful eruption of 2013 so far. The solar flare - a sudden release of radiation - peaked at 1705 BST on Monday, and was associated with a huge eruption of matter. When these eruptions reach Earth, they can interfere with electronic systems in satellites and those on the ground. Nasa said this solar explosion - known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) - was not directed at Earth, but it could pass several US spacecraft. The event on Monday was classified as an "X-class" flare - the most intense type - with a designation...
  • RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS: ‘WE COULD FACE COOLING PERIOD FOR 200-250 YEARS’

    04/29/2013 3:54:22 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 31 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | 4/28/2013 | None cited
    ‘We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years. The period of low solar activity could start in 2030-2040.’ Global warming which has been the subject of so many discussions in recent years, may give way to global cooling. According to scientists from the Pulkovo Observatory in St.Petersburg, solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Scientists from Britain and the US chime in saying that forecasts for global cooling are far from groundless. Some experts warn that a change in the climate may affect the ambitious projects for the...
  • NASA Probes Near Sun Safe from Triple Solar Eruption

    04/26/2013 7:35:42 PM PDT · by oxcart · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Denise Chow
    Two NASA spacecraft are safe and sound, after the sun unleashed three intense back-to-back solar eruptions in their direction, scientists say. NASA's Messenger spacecraft in orbit around Mercury and the Stereo-A, which studies the sun from Earth orbit, suffered no damage from the passing solar storms. On April 20, the sun fired off a solar eruption that sent huge wave of plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), toward Mercury. The next day, the sun unleashed two more CMEs in the same direction, and managers from both the Messenger and Stereo missions were alerted of the potential...
  • Watch the Sun burp, boil and roil in this mesmerizing video

    04/25/2013 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    National Post ^ | April 25, 2013
    It’s the job of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to keep an eye on the sun, a job the SDO has presented in a new video showing off three years’ worth of solar activity. “In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun’s rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle,” NASA said in a release. The observatory captures an image of the sun every 12 seconds and does so on 10 different wave lengths...
  • Watch 3 years of solar activity in a 3-minute video

    04/25/2013 8:03:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 24, 2013, 4:27 p.m. | Deborah Netburn
    The video above was created by stitching together two of those images per day over a three-year period. The images in the video were taken in the extreme ultraviolet range and represent solar material at temperatures of about 600,000 Kelvin. Each image is displayed for two frames. That spinning motion you see is the sun's 25-day rotation, and over the course of the video, you should be able to see solar activity grow as the sun nears the pinnacle of its 11-year solar cycle. At the 00:30 mark and at 2:28 you can spot a partial eclipse of the sun...
  • The Maunder Minimum and Climate Change: Have Historical Records Aided Current Research?

    04/14/2013 8:27:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    stsci.edu ^ | 1998 | John E. Beckman, and Terence J. Mahoney
    John E. Beckman, and Terence J. Mahoney Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain  Abstract:We discuss how, in the 1970's, Eddy took clues from the historical researches of Spörer and Maunder in the 19th century to draw attention to the virtual absence of sunspot activity between 1645 and 1715. This ``Maunder Minimum'' is not only of interest to solar physicists in the context of the theory of solar magnetic activity, and to stellar astrophysicists working on the properties of cool stars, but may also be a vital clue to the influence of the variability of the Sun's...
  • Solar Cycle Warnings

    04/01/2013 2:37:45 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-1-2013 | Andrew McKillop
    Solar Cycle Warnings Politics / Environmental IssuesApril 01, 2013 - 01:31 PM GMT By: Andrew McKillop RECORD LOW SUNSPOT NUMBERS For reasons including "pure politically correct", NASA has fought a losing battle - against reality - on the subject of Global Warming, which it feels obliged to believe in as a "scientifically correct" theory. Linked to this, quite directly, NASA has also battled against reality on the subject of sunspot frequency, size, location on the Sun's surface and other variables linked to sunspot cycles in this present Cycle 24 of approximately 11-year-long cycles. These have been accurately recorded since Cycle...
  • Sun in the Way Will Affect Mars Missions in April

    03/27/2013 11:57:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | 3/20/13
    Sun in the Way Will Affect Mars Missions in April This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech March 20, 2013 Mars Missions Status Report PASADENA, Calif. - The positions of the planets next month will mean diminished communications between Earth and NASA's spacecraft at Mars. Mars will be passing almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective. The sun can easily disrupt radio transmissions between the two planets during that near-alignment. To prevent...
  • Earth-directed coronal mass ejection from the sun

    03/15/2013 2:34:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-15-2013 | Karen C. Fox & Provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
    On March 15, 2013, at 2:54 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and ESA/NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, show that the CME left the sun at speeds of around 900 miles per second, which is a fairly fast speed for CMEs. Historically, CMEs at this speed have...
  • The calm before the solar storm? NASA warns ‘something unexpected is happening to the Sun’

    03/08/2013 10:13:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:34 EST, 8 March 2013 | Mark Prigg
    “Something unexpected” is happening on the Sun, NASA has warned. This year was supposed to be the year of “solar maximum,” the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. But … solar activity is relatively low. “Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent,” the space agency says. … Experts have been baffled by the apparent lack of activity—with many wondering if NASA simply got it wrong. However, Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation. “This is solar maximum,” he says. “But it looks...