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Sunspot 978

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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 07:44 PM
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Consistant B class emmissions for several days now. Peaking today at C4.7



Giant sunspot 978 hasn't exploded yet, but it is seething with activity. Witness this video recorded by Gary Palmer of Los Angeles on Dec. 11th:

"There is a magnetic filament that seems to leapfrog over the leading spot," he points out. "Isn't Mother Nature wonderful!"

Sunspot 978 continues to grow: movie. It now covers an expanse of Sun about as wide as the planet Jupiter, making it a fine target for backyard solar telescopes (Palmer used a Coronado SolarMax90). It has also developed a "beta-gamma" magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares.

Will it erupt? Stay tuned!


www.startrails.com...



So far, sunspot 978 poses little threat for strong solar flare and since the sun is in the lowest ebb (solar minimum) of its 11-year cycle


www.hinduonnet.com...

for latest info go here:

www.lmsal.com...

note the sizzle,

Sri Oracle

[edit on 13-12-2007 by Sri Oracle]




posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 07:51 PM
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here's a link to the peak C class event this morning:


www.lmsal.com...



posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 11:38 AM
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Interesting... let's keep watching.

Btw, what is the small blue dot in the lower left corner of the picture?


Peace



posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 09:25 PM
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Originally posted by Sator
Btw, what is the small blue dot in the lower left corner of the picture?


Thats a background star. There are many more of them in higher resolution images.

I also wanted to add to this thread this information:



Over a five-day stretch (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2007) SOHO observed two remarkably similar coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The first one blew out to the right from the Sun as a familiar arch- shaped, bulbous CME. Just four days later another, slightly larger, CME headed out to the right in just about the same direction and similarly shaped. With the Sun being near its minimum period of activity, it was a little surprising to see two CMEs in this short a span of time.


Sri Oracle


Dae

posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 09:49 PM
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So far, sunspot 978 poses little threat for strong solar flare and since the sun is in the lowest ebb (solar minimum) of its 11-year cycle


When I read that I thought, yeah right, I bet its gonna get quite active and belch some big ones and 'they' will be surprised.


With the Sun being near its minimum period of activity, it was a little surprising to see two CMEs in this short a span of time.


Then I read that next, haha!


Keep us posted Sir Oracle!

(on a side note, have you seen that film Sunshine?)



posted on Jan, 6 2008 @ 01:40 PM
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Sunspot 980

There was a near M class CME on Dec 31 from 978/980 when it was on the back side.

980 has been a consistant B/C just like 978.

If we are in the solar minimum... this isn't quite so minimum.

here is incredible b/w footage of the CME on 12/31:

www.lmsal.com...

that was C8.3 and pointing away from us.

It has still resulted in some incredible solar wind that has made it here over the past two days... We have been in a state of Geomagentic Storm Warning/Alert for a G1 storm.

www.swpc.noaa.gov...

Estimated Kp's of 4... 5 (or G1 storm) was midday on January 5.



Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.

Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.

Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels; aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes (northern Michigan and Maine)**.


www.swpc.noaa.gov...

there is strong confidence (n=1.11) auroral activity is at level 8 of 10:

www.swpc.noaa.gov...

Sri Oracle






[edit on 6-1-2008 by Sri Oracle]




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