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  • #16
    Northern Lights appear much further south than usual.

    2 hours ago.





    3 days ago.



    It may be possible to see them as far south as London.
    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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    • #17
      CBS News said air traffic over the pole had been rerouted to avoid some disturbances but now word yet of any widespread problems. Apparently the polarization of this storm was not aligned with the geomagnetic field in a way to cause damage.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
        Aurora images from over the weekend, news of another CME headed this way;
        http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...ross-the-north

        Here are some more pics. Just awesome!

        http://www.adn.com/2012/01/24/v-gall...zling-now.html
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        • #19
          Another one about to hit, aurora show at least on its way;

          "
          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. "

          http://www.space.com/14780-sun-storm...-eruption.html
          TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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          • #20


            O.o
            Credo quia absurdum.


            Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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            • #21
              Damn. I'm about to take the family to Disney World. Hope the GPS keeps working. Better bring some maps just in case.
              "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Bwaha View Post


                O.o
                Yeah, another one on the way. Just saw this;
                "The sun unleashed one of the biggest flares ever seen during its current activity cycle late Tuesday — an X5.4-class outburst strong enough to trigger a radio blackout. The resulting geomagnetic storm could affect electrical grids, communication links, satellite navigation systems and airline schedules over the next couple of days.The outburst at 7:24 p.m. ET was followed about an hour later by an X1.3-class blast. Solar flares are rated on a letter-plus-number scale, with X being the most powerful category. Usually the numbers run from 1 to 9, but X-class flares can run higher. The highest reading recorded recently is an X28, observed in 2003. "
                http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...main=cosmiclog


                Now if the sky just stays clear at night ....
                TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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                • #23
                  They can be as big as they want, but its when they are directed right into Earth's path that we should be worried. Do they know which of these if any were directed straight at us? I thought I heard the first one was on a direct path to us.
                  "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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                  • #24
                    If the part of the Sun where the eruptions occur is facing towards us/Earth, then we can expect they'll be here within a couple of days.

                    More headed our way;
                    Sun sends another cosmic burst in our direction

                    Fresh wave of particles due to sweep over Earth on Sunday; watch for auroras

                    The sun is continuing its active streak this week, firing off another solar flare late Thursday from the same region that produced this week's strong solar storm.
                    An M6.3-class solar flare — a mid-range eruption — spewed from the surface of the sun at 10:53 p.m. ET Thursday, according to an alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center.
                    Space weather scientists use five categories — A, B, C, M and X — to rank solar flares based on their strength and severity. A-class flares are the weakest types of sun storms, while X-class eruptions are the most powerful.
                    The M-class solar flare exploded from the same sunspot region, called AR1429, which has been particularly active all week. This dynamic region has already unleashed three strong X-class solar flares. On Tuesday, two powerful X-class eruptions triggered the strongest solar storm in eight years, Bob Rutledge, head of NOAA's Space Weather Forecast Office, told reporters Friday.
                    "When you take overall intensity and length — how long it persisted — we're confident in saying by some measures, it was the strongest storm we've seen since November 2004," Rutledge said. "That doesn't mean that between November 2004 and today we haven't had brief periods that were more intense. If you look at the storm overall for length and strength, it was the strongest storm since November 2004."

                    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46682358.../#.T1rqI3myA1o
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                    • #25
                      So far no effects here in Colorado. I wouldn't mind seeing an aurora.
                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • #26
                        Finally experienced some transient interference with the Dish satellite signal last night.
                        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                        • #27
                          There were a solar activity on Monday and some actually mistook it for a UFO refueling off energy from the Sun.


                          Images of the Sun captured on Monday show a dark orb connected to the Sun by a dark filament. The images appear to show the orb detaching from the Sun after a solar eruption and flying out into space. UFO enthusiasts say the orb is a space-ship.

                          According to Life's Little Mysteries, the images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory and posted to YouTube sparked speculations that it is a UFO spacecraft refueling by drawing energy from solar plasma. Others have suggested that the images show the birth of a new planet. Many YouTube viewers appear to have taken the suggestion that the images show an alien spaceship drawing energy from the Sun seriously. A YouTube viewer, Athalston, for instance, comments after seeing the video:
                          "I have been quite sceptical about this topic; but after watching this video, I am totally puzzled as to what that is. It looks almost like it is harvesting energy from the sun. I would be interested to know if that things changed in size while it was attached to the sun."
                          But NASA scientists, according to Life's Little Mysteries, have explained that the images capture what astronomers call a solar prominence, a form of solar activity that is often observed but which scientists still do not understand very well.

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                          • #28
                            This is what a NASA solar astrophysicist said...


                            Life's Little Mysteries reports that C. Alex Young, solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said that the impression of a dark orb sucking energy from the Sun is given because the prominence is located below a feature called a filament channel, shaped like a tunnel. He said: "When you look at it from the edge of the sun, what you actually see is a spherical object. You're actually looking down the tunnel. And this tunnel sits up top of the filament."
                            According to Young, the feature is not unusual on the Sun. He explained that what looks to UFO enthusiasts like a spaceship's "refueling tether" is part of the prominence that absorbs light of a wavelength emitted by ionized atoms of iron. Young explained: "The absorption is typically seen in (spectral) lines such as Fe XIV only in the thinnest, densest parts of the prominence, which is here seen edge-on as it rotates over the solar limb."

                            Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/articl...#ixzz1p9tTUfyC
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Persephone View Post
                              This is what a NASA solar astrophysicist said...
                              "And the light from Venus was reflected of some swamp gas..."

                              Heard it and saw it in MIB.
                              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                              • #30
                                I'm going through disruption due to a solar storm right now. Same at this time yesterday.

                                I know it's solar storm interference because my satellite TV provider puts up a message on the screen saying that is the cause of the loss of signal and that signal should return in 5-10 minutes. It always does return in that time frame. They also say the disruption will occur around this time until the 20th. of the month.

                                My internet signal keeps cutting at the same time. I don't know, but I can assume that the reason is the same. It took me five minutes and several re-connections to open this post.


                                Philip
                                "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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