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Severe Space Storm Headed This Way

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posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 06:03 AM
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www.space.com...

Severe space storm headed this way. That's what the headline reads. The ejection took place on Dec 13 (yesterday) and has 2 days to hit us. Expect northern lights and power grid problems. At this point NASA says the Space Station and the people on board are safe.




posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 06:20 AM
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And you've got only 2 hours to determine the magnetic polarity of the CME. 2 hours to determine whether to shut off the transformers or not.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 06:39 AM
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Activity level right now is [color=00FA9A]5 (of 10) which is "[color=FF3E96]]good conditions" to see aurora borealis. The images below are updating ("hotlinked"). There's a history graph for the past hours here (on the right side). A couple of hours ago the activity level was 7.


[color=00FFFF]Northern oval - energy (right now) :



[color=00FFFF]Southern oval - energy (right now) :



Links:
NORDLYS - Northern Lights

[edit on 2006/12/14 by Hellmutt]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 11:37 AM
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HELLMUTT - I love that site! I have had it on my favorites for a while.

www.sec.noaa.gov...

Activity level as of 12:30 EST - NINE! YAHOO!!!



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 12:36 PM
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It's now on 10!



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:03 PM
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I have posted more detailed info on the recent run of X-class flares here:
ATS: Severe Geomagnetic Storm Research Project


Space Weather Canada: Three Zone Forecast

Here's a some more auroral monitoring links:
Canopus real time auroral oval
DMSP/POLAR Auroral Activity Report
OVATION - Latest North Cap Oval Location

Recent photos can be seen here:
Spaceweather.com: December 2006 Aurora Gallery

[edit on 14-12-2006 by Regenmacher]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:12 PM
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Originally posted by FlyersFan
www.space.com...

Severe space storm headed this way. That's what the headline reads. The ejection took place on Dec 13 (yesterday) and has 2 days to hit us. Expect northern lights and power grid problems. At this point NASA says the Space Station and the people on board are safe.



So what does this mean? If you live in Alaska its going to look uber cool in the sky in 2 days ?



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:14 PM
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Originally posted by Digital_Reality

So what does this mean? If you live in Alaska its going to look uber cool in the sky in 2 days ?

I suggest you take a look up in the sky right now. This is now, not in two days.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:20 PM
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it will be interesting to note if the current earthquake and volcanic activity levels increase over the next few days. Quite a few people do support the theory that solar geomagnetic activity can also affects human behavior, so again another area to watch for developments

[edit on 12-14-2006 by worldwatcher]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:33 PM
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Well I live in Florida and I can't see a thing in the sky that looks different.
As for my mood, well I do feel kinda worn out today



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 03:48 PM
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worldwatcher, I was thinking the exact same thing while reading about this. Obviously, I dont want anyone to get hurt or loose their homes so I am not wishing for it to happen, but it will be interesting to see if anything does indeed happen because of this.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 03:55 PM
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Well, I definatly found something interesting already. Prior to the big Dec. 26 earthquake, there was a solar storm, AND this

Mt. Rainier seismograph


After the large quake Mt. Rainier stopped temporarily only to act up like this a bit before a 8point aftershock. Mt. Rainier has not done this ever since. Quite interesting I must say.

[edit on 14-12-2006 by mrsdudara]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:20 PM
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Wow, amazing, most of them are showing activity. Here are a few of the more active ones. All of these volcanos started acting up at approximately the same time as the solar flare.

Olympics


Mt. Hood


Mt. Adams


Boistfort Peak, WA



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:30 PM
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These quakes, could they be misreadings caused by the energy from the solar storm? Or is it real activity triggered by the storm? Or is it unrelated? These solar storms are known to cause problems for electric equipment, so maybe it can create "noise" as well? Just wondering...

[edit on 2006/12/14 by Hellmutt]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:32 PM
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sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov...

On that link above, you can watch the movie of the solar flare as it happens.
I recoment the Quicktime version.


EDIT: ug ok, so you have to click the title about the solar flare before you can get to the page where you click on the movie. ANYONE know how to post that darn movie on here?

[edit on 14-12-2006 by mrsdudara]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:42 PM
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Originally posted by Hellmutt
These quakes, could they be misreadings caused by the energy from the solar storm? Or is it real activity triggered by the storm? Or is it unrelated? These solar storms are known to cause problems for electric equipment, so maybe it can create "noise" as well? Just wondering...

[edit on 2006/12/14 by Hellmutt]


Wish I could say for sure to be honest with you. I dont think it is "noise" though. When this happened to Mt. Rainier last time, the quakes made the local news.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 05:36 PM
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This is going on right now?
and Is the sky only looking beautiful in the northern regions or may I see it from say, Oklahoma?
And how long is this storm supposed to be settling here?



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 07:02 PM
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well, i just came off of one of the radar sectors that feeds philadelphia approach from the south, and i can tell you that the philly airport has lost it's approach lighting system for it's main runway (at a very inopportune time....the visibilities are extremely low on the east coast from the washington area all the way up into ny...so this failure effectively shuts down the airport). i dont know that it's connected to the solar storms, but if not, it's one helluva coincidence.

[edit on 14-12-2006 by snafu7700]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 07:44 PM
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I've never witnessed an aurora borealis
but I'm not 100% sure I want to see one either...well that's unless I'm somewhere in Canada or Alaska..

Aurora Alert! Northern Lights Appear Over Western Michigan



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 07:47 PM
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Fried astronauts? Nasa trying to nuke our boys?

With an S2 radiation storm in progress another X-Class flare erupted while two astronauts where outside the shuttle rewiring a pump. The radiation storm level rose to an S3 shortly after 2215UTC and a new SEC warning was issued at 0045 UTC.


2006/12/14 22:15:00 UTC X1.5 flare



EXTENDED WARNING: Proton 10MeV Integral Flux above 10pfu expected
Valid From: 2006 Dec 13 0310 UTC
Now Valid Until: 2006 Dec 15 2359 UTC
Warning Condition: Persistence
Predicted NOAA Scale: S2 - Moderate

S-2 Moderate: Biological: passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft at high latitudes may be exposed to elevated radiation risk

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


ALERT: Proton Event 10MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Begin Time: 2006 Dec 15 0005 UTC
NOAA Scale: S3 - Strong

S-3 Strong: Biological: radiation hazard avoidance recommended for astronauts on EVA; passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft at high latitudes may be exposed to radiation risk.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


0045 UTC (7:45 p.m. EST)
The spacewalk is over. Curbeam and Fuglesang completed the successful EVA at 7:41 p.m. for a total duration of five hours.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.





Spacewalking astronauts rewire space station
RADIATION LEVELS: Throughout the outing, NASA kept a close eye on radiation levels near Earth, which have been high as a result of unusually powerful solar flares last week and again on Wednesday.

The shuttle and station crews have spent the past two nights sleeping in protected areas of their spaceships in case X-ray and heavy particle emissions from the sun began passing through the metal hulls.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.




[edit on 14-12-2006 by Regenmacher]



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