posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 01:57 PM
Okay, so I just finished watching the news briefing...
To sum it all up:
They're excited because they've finally been able to utilize STEREO to show full side view visualizations of a CME from start to finish... something
they've never been able to do before.
The visualization of plasma fields, magnetic fields, etc... something that has always been dependent on just computer modelling otherwise.
So... Actual physical observations vs speculated computer modelling.
Yes, that's definately a great breakthrough in heliophysics.
All of which will aid alongside with NOAA to better predict the time slot of when a CME event will reach the earth, the type of impact it may or may
not have dependent on the now understood northward or southward solar magnetization (which they've only been able to guess at previously), and so
A better understanding of solar mechanisms, means better suppositions, and thus resulting in better preparedness of any potential problems coming our
Edited to add:
They now feel better prepared for what they expect to be a very active solar maximum in 2013.
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