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Originally posted by Julie Washington
reply to post by Phage
The magnetic field of the Earth acts as an obstacle to the magnetized flowing plasma from the Sun, called the solar wind (which I believe was high last week).
The Magnetic field forms a cavity in the shape of a blunt body with its nose at this position and an extended tail. The cavity flares on either side of the Earth and the solar wind stretches the terrestrial magnetic field in the antisolar direction.
Since the solar wind is traveling relative to the Earth at speeds greater than the speed of compressional waves that are needed to divert the solar wind around the Earth's magnetosphere, a bow shock is formed which slows the flow and diverts it around the Earth.
Am I close teacher? Please edit if I am wrong - this is what I've learned, but I am not a scientist.
Mod edit: Adding source.
[edit on July 7th 2009 by greeneyedleo]
Originally posted by STFUPPERCUTTER
i gotta admit, that was probably the best soalr storm ive seen in quite some time.
Originally posted by LaVey666
What does the atmosphere protect us from again?
The magnetic feild is related, I suggest you look closer instead of flaming, if you cant put an arguement up without referring to star treck, I suggest you merely find something that proves me wrong, why not a stereo report?
I also got hold of a photo showing that it was the largest sun spot recorded.
The news report from the Gympie times is correct....
the Examiner is always a waste of time, so dont you dare refer to my information ever coming from that again, I NEVER USE THAT WEBSITE.
If you dare put words in my mouth again I will rip your arguements to shreads.
Originally posted by LaVey666
and Zorgon, you are being reported.
Originally posted by questioningall
This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and has occurred on the side of the sun, which is in view of Australia.
July 8, 2009 - Sunspot 1024 Has Grown to the Size of Jupiter.
July 8, 2009 - Is Sudden Solar Intensity of July 5 - 7 What U.K. Spring
Crop Formations Forecast for Oddly Quiet Sun?
“Active region 1024 is putting on a fantastic show.
The center of this region is incredibly bright and fluctuating.”
- Pete Lawrence, Amateur Astronomer, Selsey, U.K.
Spaceweather.com reports, “Sunspot 1024 has crackled with B- and C-class solar flares. Solar observers haven't seen an active region like this one in more than two years. It is big, complex, and rapidly growing. The magnetic polarity of the sunspot, revealed by SOHO magnetograms, show that it is a member of new Solar Cycle 24.”
Originally posted by headb
well, the lightning storms were pretty interesting here in northern philippines. thanks guys. at least i knew why thor was upset.
worst that happened was the power out due to lightning. lasted for a few minutes. but it was arguably an excited lightning storm - witnessed and noticed by a few locals.
other than that, nada to report/?