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Yesterday in new Mexico, a startling roar issued from the loudspeaker of amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft's radio telescope. "It was sunspot 1057," he says.
"All day long it had been producing small radio bursts around 21 MHz. Then, at 1813 UT, it let loose a big one. The burst only lasted a minute, but it saturated the radios."
Did anyone hear this! This is so cool to me.
You can click HERE and read the rest and hear a clip of the sun's hello to us!
The sounds you just heard were a mix of Type III and Type V radio emissions. They're caused by beams of electrons shooting out of the sunspot into the sun's atmosphere over.. Not all sunspots produce radio emissions, but AR1057 is definitely "radio-active." "I'll be listening for more bursts in the days a.," says Ashcraft.
Originally posted by dampnickers
reply to post by Yummy Freelunch
Three flags and no replies!!! Lazy!
Anyway on topic, this is a great thread.
I love the fact that we human beings get up to all sorts of things in the world and universe around us.
I did find the term "the suns hello to us" a little disturbing though. It almost suggests that a hello could be followed be a conversation. Now that would be "far out".