posted on Oct, 8 2011 @ 08:42 AM
reply to post by Phage
some further notes on this phenomenon and questions from the referenced paper:
a large distortion in the ordinary tail occurred April 27-28 (after the observed forward spike).
AND there was a very large solar flare on the 26th, which the authors comment on, speculating that perhaps the flare caused the distortion in the tail
(it was more than an AU out at this point).
april 25 (we pass thru orbital plane) see dramitic forward spike (which is explained as dust particles in the orbital plane)
april 26 huge flare
april 27 & 28 large distortion in the ordinary tail.
i admit tho, that the dust (how do we know
its dust?) hypothesis is not disprovable given the data we have to work with. The images themselves
are fairly crappy and the incidence of flares and normal tail distortions within the same time frame, point to other possibilities.
as always, the deeper i look, what i find are questions, not answers.