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CME IMPACT--NOW: NASA's ACE spacecraft, which measures the speed of the solar wind just upstream of Earth, indicates that a CME impact on our planet may be in progress. Stay tuned for updates.
Originally posted by Gwampo
reply to post by lesisgod
I'm having a hard time interpreting the information on the website.. what does this mean for earth? what kind of impact is it going to have? when will we realize most of the effects?
So far it doesn't look like much is going to happen though.
On August 1, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a solar flare originating from an Earth-facing sunspot. This type of solar flare, known as a C-class, is relatively small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth besides auroras (often known as the Northern Lights). Beginning on Aug. 4, the effects from this flare will be visible as auroras in the northern latitudes of the United States from northern Michigan to Maine. On Aug. 5, the flare’s effects will be felt more strongly and could result in some radio and minor power grid fluctuations.
- 2010 ( exactly 1 year ago lol )
It is predicted that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with about 58 sunspots. This would make it the least active cycle since solar cycle 6, which ended in the year 1823. According to NASA, the intensity of geomagnetic storms during Solar Cycle 24 may be elevated in some areas where the Earth's magnetic field is weaker than expected. This fact was discovered by the THEMIS spacecraft in 2008. A 20-fold increase in particle counts that penetrate the Earth's magnetic field may be expected. ~ Solar Cycle 24
The furious storms won't start right away, however. Solar cycles usually take a few years to build to a frenzy and Cycle 24 will be no exception. "We still have some quiet times ahead," says Hathaway (2007).
Originally posted by JaqueFresco
reply to post by Phage
Worse than the picture at the top of this page. I really don't know what I'm talking about. It's just I've never seen white behind the Earth, via the real time magnetosphere site www2.nict.go.jp yadayada
Space Weather Message Code: ALTK05
Serial Number: 661
Issue Time: 2011 Aug 05 1922 UTC
ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 5
Threshold Reached: 2011 Aug 05 1922 UTC
Synoptic Period: 1800-2100 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G1 - Minor