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'Hole' in the Sun Spawns Powerful Solar Wind; Could Amp Up Auroras
Space.com ^ | April 10, 2018 11:17am ET | By Samantha Mathewson, Contributor |

Posted on 04/10/2018 4:21:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin

A massive "hole" on the surface of the sun has unleashed a strong solar wind that scientists say may amp up the northern lights in some areas of the U.S. and could disrupt satellite communications over the next few days.

Data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory revealed a vast region where the sun's magnetic field has opened up, creating a gap in the sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona. This region, also known as a coronal hole, allows charged particles to escape and flow toward Earth in an increased solar wind. As a result, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (April 10 and 11). 

"Arriving some hours earlier than expected, a stream of fast-moving solar wind has reached Earth," according to Spaceweather.com, which regularly monitors space weather. "The gaseous material is flowing from a wide hole in the sun's atmosphere, and could engulf our planet for several days."

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: aurora; catastrophism; coronalhole; geomagneticstorm; maunderminimum; sol; solarstorm; solarwind; sun

1 posted on 04/10/2018 4:21:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Minorities, womyn and high school students hardest hit.


2 posted on 04/10/2018 4:24:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (robert mueller is an unguided missile)
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To: BenLurkin

We are at or near solar minimum, correct?

Is such a strong solar wind at this time highly unusual? Would seem like some kind of anomaly.


3 posted on 04/10/2018 4:31:13 PM PDT by Paulie (America without Christ is like a Chemistry book without the periodic table.)
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To: BenLurkin

I got that question answered by clicking on the link.


4 posted on 04/10/2018 4:34:35 PM PDT by Paulie (America without Christ is like a Chemistry book without the periodic table.)
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To: BenLurkin

SpaceWeather.com

Looks good for Iceland and Norway.

5 posted on 04/10/2018 4:38:44 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: freedumb2003

Trump’s fault.


6 posted on 04/10/2018 5:01:55 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation has ended!)
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To: BenLurkin

In spite of these warnings, nothing ever happens. When we have another Carrington Event, send me an email. Oh, wait.


7 posted on 04/10/2018 6:02:19 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: 75thOVI; Abathar; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.


[singing] I am the Maunderer, yeah, the Maunderer, I Maunder around around around around around...

8 posted on 04/10/2018 6:26:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: KingLudd; Mad Dawgg

Ah. You should ask to be added to Mad Dawgg’s “ping me when the internet goes down” ping list.


9 posted on 04/10/2018 6:33:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

This just in “The Sun Blows”!


10 posted on 04/10/2018 8:25:19 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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