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originally posted by: Pixieut
Does anyone else find this Rod Spurgeon person kind of shady? He keeps being mentioned but I feel like he knows more than is letting on, as well as the Sheriff.
Seven days. Seven flares. Is the end of times upon us?
A week ago, the Sun unleashed its biggest solar flare in more than a decade, a monster X9.3 storm that knocked out radio communications on Earth. This was the second of the week, but the Sun was just getting started.
Over the next few days, flare after flare erupted from the Sun, all from the same region – AR 2673. Yesterday’s X8.2 flare was the most recent, causing the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to issue its latest in a string of warnings.
These flares were accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge eruptions of stellar material that can cause geomagnetic storms on Earth. These can hamper satellites in orbit and put astronauts in danger, along with creating powerful aurorae.
Oddly though, the Sun is heading towards the solar minimum – its period of least activity. So what’s going on, and why has it been so active?
originally posted by: that1lurker
I think someone already pointed it out here, but the observatory was originally built by the military. Perhaps they still have a direct line of communications to the military. It would make sense. Just throwing it out there.