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Winter Solstice Sun of December 21st, 2012
I spent several minutes focusing and refocusing, unable to believe this “minor” comet could be so big and bright, and convinced I was lookin’ at a defocused Mirfak. In the binoculars, Holmes looked like a perfectly round, slightly yellowish, madly bright planet.
The comet never developed the traditional tail, making it look different from the naked eye comets of last decade. Rather, Comet Holmes just looks like a yellow-white fuzzball.
Visually, the comet looked yellowish and was visibly less sharp than nearby stars. In binoculars, the disk was readily apparent and looked very yellow. The comet was truly spectacular in even a small telescope.
Comet Holmes is Bigger than the Sun
All right, that title is a little misleading. In fact, when I first read the original press release, my skepticism alarms went off. But it's true, the amazing Comet Holmes now has a halo that's larger than the Sun. Not bad for a comet that, until three weeks ago, was just a tiny dim dirty snowball orbiting near Jupiter.
Originally posted by Pharyax
What NEEDS to happen is the Government needs to set up a gathering of Power company co-ops --all into one network/a new agency--and call it something like "SESA" (Solar Emergency Shutdown Activation)
And With SOHO/NASA and other instruments monitoring the sun. When a flair or CME is considered a X60+, or higher, this one agency can contact ALL Power stations to shutdown for a period of time. (Till this threat passes).
The issues are: Cascading early failures. (you can't just push a button and turn off a section of grid... it's EXTREMELY interwoven and complex. Some type of software and hardware will have to be built for a SESA event.
Another issue is: Water. Fuel pumps... Sewage -- Enough fuel storage for all these generators.. 100's of things.. Hospitals... Older people needing AC more than younger folks..
LOOTING.... I mean, it would HAVE to be an agency in itself. And it would take too long to set up before 2012 I think..
(You know how slow the Government is).. But Its something I think would be smart. I DO NOT propose the Government having one button to bring down ALL of the USA's power.. that is too tempting for those buggers.. but a group. Both FEMA and Local power ops. and oversight by each state.
It's a logistical nightmare. Our power grid is ancient. Slowly being patched here and there with more up-to-date tech...
It would cost TRILLIONS of dollars. Guess who would get the bill?
But IT could be done. Just think about this: would you rather be without Electricity for 2-4 days on and off for a year (may happen just a few times) or would we rather have ALL power wiped out for YEARS. (It would take an estimated 10-20 years to rebuild the entire power grid. THAT IS crazy...)
[edit on 8/27/2010 by Pharyax]
Originally posted by diakrite
Whatever the result for our tech, the magnetosphere will light up like the 4th of July, the aurora borealis should be spectascular. I can't wait!
And that hydrogen-bomb comparison? Rubbish. The sun is constantly throwing the energy of millions of hydrogen bombs our way..that's why it's so nice&agreeable on this mudball....
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We obtained images in the SDSS r’ filter (c = 6250 °A) on UT 2007 Nov. 6, 8-15 at the 3.6 m CFHT atop Mauna Kea. The instrument used was MegaCam, a wide-field mosaic camera of 36 CCDs that covers a square-degree field of view (Boulade et al. 2003).