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Jupiter and Saturn cause extra tides on the Sun when they get on either side of the Sun (as with Moon - Earth-Sun when the moon is full) and when these gas giants get on the same side as the Sun, (as with Earth -Moon - Sun when the moon is new). These greater solar tides become sunspot activity and solar flares and can be understood as akin to the increase in tides caused by the Moon when it too gets alongside Earth or opposite Earth
In September the Earth was right in line with Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun too. That's why there were several 7+ earthquakes around, it wasn't just us. For instance there was one in Pakistan on the same day as Christchurch. This Jupiter/Saturn alignment continues until about May, and the Earth comes back into line as well in March. It is why there may be an extreme event, perhaps a large earthquake, around 20 March, which is when the Moon may be again in a trigger position
the moon moves closer until it is the closest in March. For now there are many solar flares. Over the past 2 days there have been over 100 sunspots per day. They take one or two days to reach Earth. The Sun is the producer, the flares are the driver and the engine, and the Moon is the director, does the steering and acts as trigger.
Originally posted by Misterlondon
How often does this happen?
If it has happened many times before which the odds are it has, then I'm sure it's nothing to worry about..