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posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 11:05 AM
A little more on the solar flare Regenmacher reported on:

Large Solar Flare Could Hurt Communications

reported Wednesday.

It could cause electrical and communications disruptions. NASA said on its Web site that the blast was not directed toward Earth, however.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said significant solar eruptions are possible in the coming days.

They said there could be disruptions in spacecraft operations, electric power systems, high-frequency communications and low-frequency navigation systems.

NOAA forecasters say the flare, the fourth largest in the last 15 years, has affected some high-frequency communications on the sunlit side of Earth.


Solar Flare Could Interfere With Communications

Los Angeles, CA -- Scientists are currently tracking a very large flare that occurred on the Sun around 1:40 pm EDT yesterday. The current estimate of the size of the explosion makes it the the fifth largest ever observed.

While the blast was not aimed at Earth, the event created a complete blackout of high frequency communications in North and South America. According to the NOAA Space Environment Center, communications used by emergency services along the Gulf Coast may have experienced problems due to this flare. Low frequency navigation systems may also have experienced a period of significant degradation. Further, they report that agencies impacted by space weather storms may experience disruptions over the next two weeks. These include spacecraft operators, electric power systems, high frequency communications, and low-frequency navigations systems.

[edit on 9-8-2005 by worldwatcher]

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 01:45 PM
The MEGA solar explosion qualified as a class - X 17 reached its peak at 17:40 UT. Then after midnight UT the curve of the flow of protons passed the measurable threshold.

We are waiting for the arrival of a CME at the end of today, but there is no available information because the satellite LASCO does no work and therefore, there is no way of measuring the wind speed.

Due to this flare, there has been a complete blackout in the HF´s radio transmissions in the side of the earth that was on the side of the sun when the flare took place. This has added more problems to the transmissions of the emergency services at the areas where Katrina damaged.

Some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are with communication problems, interruptions that can last for minutes or even hours.

It is completely unusual for the solar monitor to show a mega flare for so long. Already 24 hours have passed and activity has not ceased. This is extremely dangerous.
The last Mega Flare we had took place on November, the 4th 2003 and lasted for a couple of hours.
Up to now, the solar flare we have, has not changed.

The Severe Geomagnetic Storm Project wants to issue a warning.

This event has a high probability of becoming something really dangerous for all of us.

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 02:01 PM
Solar X flares, as mentioned previously by Regenmacher and Worldwathcer, are very powerful and generate events of major power. They generate storms loaded with radiation and with long effect, generating besides an effect very harmful to the live beings, the climate, the communications, the satellites and electrical sudden blackouts of long or short duration.

We never know what these X Flares can cause.
Precaution will never be useless.

Climatic drastic & important changes.

You should avoid transport in plane and helicopter.

There can be problems with the GPS and satellites can suffer problems and be unoperable.

Of course, do not take sunbaths.

Humans can also be affected by these flares and by the geomagnetic conditions.

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 02:03 PM
I just thought I drop in and say that no one is mentioning the brightest cosmic flare ever recorded. What will really get your head spinning is the date that this occurred on.

Originally posted by dbates
India Daily was on to something in this case. Look at this page from that describes what scientist believe to have been a giant flare. This story from NASA seems to give some credability to
When I saw that date that this occurred on I was blown away. What are the odds of this happening at the same time that the Boxing Day earthquake took place? NASA didn't link this to the earthquake in their article, but I can't help but think that there might be something to this story. If you don't read the whole article, you have to at least see the animation of the event. Very cool.

external image - Cosmic Explosion Among the Brightest in Recorded History

Scientists have detected a flash of light from across the Galaxy so powerful that it bounced off the Moon and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere. The flash was brighter than anything ever detected from beyond our Solar System and lasted over a tenth of a second. NASA and European satellites and many radio telescopes detected the flash and its aftermath on December 27, 2004.

Such a close and powerful eruption raises the question of whether an even larger influx of gamma rays, disturbing the atmosphere, was responsible for one of the mass extinctions known to have occurred on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. "The next biggest flare ever seen from any soft gamma repeater was peanuts compared to this incredible December 27 event," said Gaensler. "Had this happened within 10 light years of us, it would have severely damaged our atmosphere."

extra DIV

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 02:16 PM
What to do if you suddenly feel that the sun is shining brighter and that you feel it burns, you cannot stand it and feel sick.

- Do not look at the sun. Look down or to a white paper on the ground, shadows will become darker and the area around the paper will start glowing. Later the shadow is even more darker. Do not wait for it to turn better for a while (this can last hours or days).
Do not travel during the day

Protect your eyes.
Cut a dark plastic with a cutter and make small cuts to look through it. Protect your eyes with it.

Look for shade INMEDIATELY.
Shade has to be under material rejecting radiation.
A garage, a building of concrete, undergrounds, etc.
The more materials between the sun and you, the better.

Radiation can pass windows and walls.
Take care.

Avoid electric fittings. It can be dangerous.
Electricity can reach your body.

While solar flares and explosions continue, electricity can be overloaded and is only dangerous.

Fires can break out.

Metalic bridges would be extremely dangerous because of the solar flares.

Up to know we have no data on what can really happen.
Take care.

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 02:25 PM
I just wanted to explain that, though dbates does not belong to our Team and therefore shouldn´t had posted here, his information has been accepted and approved for being important and relevant.

Thanks for your collaboration.

Even though, for any further information or request, please send a U2U.
Thank you.

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 03:41 PM
9.0 tsunami quake N. Sumatra: December 26, 2004 at 00:58:53 UTC

Record gamma ray burst: December 27 at 21:30:26 UTC

No sure what your getting at here???

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 08:17 PM
Not sure if these are connected to the recent solar storm, but I think it should be noted, while these places may experience common blackouts, it could also be said that perhaps the solar effects are stronger on older and outdated systems. We also don't know how reliable these countries are at reporting the exact causes for failures, the timing is however too coincidental not to record here:

These were in the past 24 hours.

Another power failure hits Johannesburg, South Africa

Those who could watch South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news at 7pm could see the broadcaster's atrium, behind the newsreader, was in darkness due to the power cut. The SABC is located in Auckland Park.

Johannesburg City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo was not immediately available for comment.

A call to the City Power help line was met with a recorded message saying large parts of the city and surrounding areas were blacked out due to the failure of two substations.

The voice said technicians were working on the problem and power would be restored "soon".

City Power told the SABC that two sub-stations experiencing electrical faults were the cause of the power failure.

The outage followed another last week that blacked out Rosebank, Houghton and surrounding areas.

Telecoms Blackout

TELECOMMUNICATIONS links between Namibia and South Africa were disrupted by a cable fault in South Africa's North West Province yesterday morning.
Telephone and Internet services were down from 08h00 until lunchtime, disrupting business in many sectors of the Namibian economy.
South Africa's Telkom utility said the cable break occurred in the North West Province between Wolmaransstad and Kingswood


UK:Shops and homes hit by power cut chaos

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of business was lost in Crouch End on Sunday after 1,400 shops and homes were plunged into a power blackout.

Electricity shut down in the area at 9.33am and was not restored completely until after 5pm.

Energy bosses have blamed the blackout on a fault in a major underground cable.

John Krahn, manager of the Haelan Centre, described the loss of trade as a "killer".

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 10:31 PM

Solar flares:

2005/09/08 11:17:00 C2.9
2005/09/08 12:30:00 C3.1
2005/09/08 12:58:00 C2.0
2005/09/08 14:36:00 C4.0
2005/09/08 14:52:00 C1.9
2005/09/08 16:09:00 C4.2
2005/09/08 17:03:00 M2.1
2005/09/08 20:29:00 M2.1
2005/09/08 21:06:00 X5.4
2005/09/09 02:19:00 M1.0
2005/09/09 03:00:00 X1.2
2005/09/09 05:48:00 M6.2
2005/09/09 08:22:00 C3.7

S2 Solar Radiation Storm in effect
Biological: passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft at high latitudes may be exposed to elevated radiation risk.
Satellite operations: infrequent single-event upsets possible.
Other systems: small effects on HF propagation through the polar regions and navigation at polar cap locations possibly affected.

R3 Radio Blackout in effect
HF Radio: Wide area blackout of HF radio communication, loss of radio contact for about an hour on sunlit side of Earth.
Navigation: Low-frequency navigation signals degraded for about an hour.

3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast issued Sep 8 at 22:00 UTC

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to remain at high levels. Region 808 is a large and complex sunspot group capable of producing M and X-class flares.

Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to range from quiet to minor storm levels. The CME associated with yesterday's X17 flare was very large and very fast. Although the magnetic cloud associated with this CME is not expected to impact Earth, a shock passage is expected, which will likely produce active to minor storm periods on 09 Sep. Isolated active periods are expected on 10 and 11 Sep. The greater than 10 MeV proton event currently in progress is expected to continue through 10 Sep. A further enhancement in the greater than 10 MeV protons will likely follow the anticipated shock passage on 09 Sep. Today's X5 flare may enhance the existing proton event. The greater than 100 MeV proton event will persist through 09 Sep.

Space Weather Warnings Currently in Effect (chart)

[edit on 9-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 01:06 AM
My husbands a radio tech and he commented on all the interference on our tv and radios this morning which would have been around midnight greenwich time 9th sept. I am still to catch up on utc time. I will do a quick study later.

I have been searching for antarctic weather news and info along with taking daily snapshots of global weather to be able to compare and analyse when more info comes in.

One thing I did find of interest which is rather bad timing is this
24 August 2005
MIPAS interruption 30 August-19 September 2005:The MIPAS operation will be interrupted starting on 30 August, 14:14 UTC, for a 20-day period in order to allow the system to recover from a series of Interferometer Drive Unit anomalies. It is planned that the system will resume operational on 19 September, 02:00 UTC, in time for special requests from the science community. All measurements planned for the interruption period will be re-scheduled.
(Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding)

The Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) is a Fourier transform spectrometer for the measurement of high-resolution gaseous emission spectra at the Earth's limb. It operates in the near to mid infrared where many of the atmospheric trace-gases playing a major role in atmospheric chemistry have important emission features.

The objectives of MIPAS are:

* Simultaneous and global measurements of geophysical parameters in the middle atmosphere;
* Stratospheric chemistry: O3, H2O, CH4, N2O, and HNO3; and Climatology:
* Temperature, CH4, N2O, O3 ;
* Study of chemical composition, dynamics, and radiation budget of the middle atmosphere;
* Monitoring of stratospheric O3 and CFC's.

In the above image, which I have saved and marked revelant areas you can see the huge formations coming out of the antarctic right now and going up between south america and Australia. it is bigger than the formations that came that formed nabi and talim.

I am also grabbing some other images that show what is coming out of antarctic between aus and africa.

[edit on 9-9-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 03:47 AM

Do Stars Talk to Old Sol? Gamma Ray Bursts Incoming

GRB 050908 2005/09/08 05:42:31
GRB 050907 2005/09/07 09:36:16
GRB 050906 2005/09/06 10:32:05
GRB 050904 2005/09/04 01:51:44

Proton Storm Incoming

Proton storms get their name from the "rain" of positively charged particles when a coronal mass ejection impacts the Earth. Some of these particles spiral down Earth´s magnetic field lines, penetrating the upper layers of our atmosphere where they produce additional ionization and may produce a significant increase in the radiation environment. Solar proton events can also produce elevated radiation aboard aircraft flying at high altitudes

During proton events, many more energetic particles reach Earth's middle atmosphere. There they cause molecular ionization, creating chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone and allow increased amounts of harmful solar ultraviolet radiation to reach Earth´s surface. A solar proton event in 1982 resulted in a temporary 70% decrease in ozone densities.

The current ongoing proton event may exceed the one we had in the beginning of this year, if another geoeffective solar flare compounds the current levels.

Biggest proton storm even in 15 years:
The Jan. 20th, 2005 proton storm was by some measures the biggest since 1989. It was particularly rich in high-speed protons packing more than 100 million electron volts (100 MeV) of energy. Such protons can burrow through 11 centimeters of water. A thin-skinned spacesuit would have offered little resistance.

Chart for Proton Storm - 01/20/05

Chart of the CURRENT proton storm and is still increasing;

[edit on 9-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 05:05 AM
A major earthquake occurred at 07:26:44 (UTC) on Friday, September 9, 2005. The magnitude 7.3 event has been located in the NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 96 km (60 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 05:32 AM
On September, the 7th :

Nyriragongo Volcano (Dem. Rep. of Congo)
Started activity with a thin eruption plume detected by satellite images.

More on this Volcano

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 07:07 AM
A strong earthquake occurred at 11:26:03 (UTC) on Friday, September 9, 2005. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 86 km (54 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 12:03 PM
100-foot-long coral bridge collapses into Aruban cove

Ok. We cannot attribute all events to the solar storms (or maybe we can) but isn´t it strange so many things happen now (some even unusual)?

Yesterday, the Aruba´s coral bridge suddenly collapsed after being a National Treasure for centuries.
According to the Tourism Minister Edison Briesens the bridge was 25 feet high and 100 feet long.

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 12:06 PM
Aruba´s bridge collapsed on September, the 2nd of September.

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 12:13 PM
Geomagnetic storm has commenced, could reach G5 (extreme) levels.

Interplanetary Solar Wind Shockwave hits - 9 Sep 2005 1310 UT
Origin: 07 Sep 1740 X17.0 solar flare

The very latest SOHO images

GOES Magnetometer

Solar flares:

2005/09/09 09:18:00 C3.1
2005/09/09 09:31:00 C4.8
2005/09/09 09:59:00 X3.6
2005/09/09 12:47:00 C3.0
2005/09/09 15:26:00 C4.2
2005/09/09 15:43:00 C2.8
2005/09/09 16:38:00 C1.0
2005/09/09 17:51:00 M1.9

SolarSoft Latest Events Archive (see all the flares here):

ACTIVE SUN: Solar activity is very high. Earth-orbiting satelites have detected four X-class solar flares this week, including one X17 monster. NOAA forecasters say there's a 50% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours, possibly causing radio blackouts and radiation storms.

The source of all this activity is giant sunspot 798. So far, except for brief radio blackouts, the flares from sunspot 798 have had little effect on Earth. The explosions have not been squarely Earth-directed because the 'spot is near the sun's eastern limb.

This will change: In the days ahead, the sun's rotation will turn sunspot 798 increasingly toward our planet. The last time sunspot 798 was facing Earth, in late August, it sparked strong auroras seen as far south as Utah and Colorado. We might get more such displays next week if sunspot 798 remains active.

Typhoon Khanun aims south of Shanghai
winds 90kts, pressure 954mb

Hurricane Ophelia to do the loop de loop?.
Target: Beaufort, South Carolina region (track may change)

Tropical Data- larger images and more information at these sites:

[edit on 9-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 02:13 PM
Following the previous post made by Regenmacher &
According to NOAA´S Space Weather Scale for Geomagnetic Storms

G5 level is extreme and includes:
Power systems: : widespread voltage control problems and protective system problems can occur, some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage.

Spacecraft operations: may experience extensive surface charging, problems with orientation, uplink/downlink and tracking satellites.

Other systems: pipeline currents can reach hundreds of amps, HF (high frequency) radio propagation may be impossible in many areas for one to two days, satellite navigation may be degraded for days, low-frequency radio navigation can be out for hours, and aurora has been seen as low as Florida and southern Texas (typically 40° geomagnetic lat.)**.

** For specific locations around the globe, use geomagnetic latitude to determine likely sightings

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 03:30 PM

2005/09/09 19:13:00 X6.2

Proton flux levels may go off the charts soon.


Sept. 9, 2005 — Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., continue to observe significant flares on the sun Friday in NOAA sunspot Region 808. This is the same region that yielded a powerful X-17 flare on Wednesday—R4, severe radio blackout, on the NOAA space weather scales. NOAA cautions satellite and communications groups are already experiencing problems due to this activity. Other agencies impacted by space weather are at increasing risk for service disruptions. This includes other space activities, electric power systems, high frequency communications and navigation systems such as global positioning systems.

The active Region 808 is currently located near the southeast limb of the sun's surface. This region is a large and very complex sunspot cluster, which represents an intense magnetic area of the sun. "Early indications are that these sun clusters are nearly nine times the size of Earth," said Bill Murtagh, solar forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center. Murtagh added, "Typically, the larger the size and complexity of sun clusters, the more potential there is for producing significant solar storms."

"We are expecting continued significant solar flares from this region as it makes its passage across the visible part of the sun over the next 11 days," said Murtagh. "Strong to severe radiation storms are possible as well as significant geomagnetic storms, which can cause significant problems to technology in space, as well as electrical power systems on Earth. It is these geomagnetic storms that create auroras, dramatic visual displays in the sky.

more here:

[edit on 9-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 04:17 PM
2005/09/09 19:55 M 5.8 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION Z=129km 56.02S 27.92W

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION has occurred at:
56.02S 27.92W Depth 129km Fri Sep 9 19:55:20 2005 UTC

This information is provided by the USGS
National Earthquake Information Center.
These parameters are preliminary and subject to revision.

I just wanted to mention that it has been really difficult for me get on ATS several times today, as ATS server was not available for a few moments... (Possibly related with our Research).
Other contacts I have, confirmed that they are having problems too using their webmails (hotmail) and/or with Internet working too slowly...

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