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Originally posted by Troofseeker
Nobody seems to be answering the most important question. If that coronal ejection was directed toward Earth, what would be likely to happen? Fried electronics? Fried people? Is there anything we could do to prepare? My car for instance - what could I do to protect it? Anything?
Come on, let's have some serious discussion about what a huge CME could really mean for us.
Originally posted by Phage
It seems to be a very active region. It produced large CMEs on the 29th and 30th. The one on the 2nd. And again today. It will be getting to our side of the sun in 10 or 12 days.
Originally posted by tsloan
Nothing is going to come of this...nothing.. We are here,We have been here and we will still be here. The worst that will happen is you will not be able to hear your favorite FM or AM station. Between the comet ELEin and the UFO's hiding in it's tail and now solar eruption you all are going to stress yourself into a early grave..
Originally posted by cosmicexplorer
I got some good solar covers on my binos....and i got the day off...ill be watching for a bit just to see if i can see anything different than normal...idk but i enjoy staring at the sun haha.
I dont think this will be much of anything....2011 has had quite alot of big flare ups...I think in February and August, and there was some damage from them i believe, but nothing much...I wouldn't worry too much yet, but as always....wouldn't hurt to take a few precautions.
Originally posted by Monkeygod333
1- Was this CME caused by a comet/asteroid impact?
2- Would anybody care to speculate what the results would be had the above CME been earth directed. Phage?
Originally posted by srsen
The below quote is from www.solarham.com , awesome site for credible data regarding the Sun.
Solar Update: A long duration C7.3 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1302 at 09:23 UTC Tuesday morning. This region is now rotating onto the western limb and any explosions at this point will not be earth directed.
An aurora watch will be in effect within the next 24-48 hours due to the expected arrival of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) caused by a long duration M1.2 solar flare around Sunspot 1305 on Saturday morning. Minor geomagnetic storming may be possible at high latitudes.
A new Sunspot which continues to expand in the southern hemisphere was numbered 1311 on Tuesday. The new region which rotated into view on the northeast limb was numbered 1312. Currently there is only a small chance for moderate solar flares.
So i'm pretty sure they are referring to the solar flare discussed in this thread.
Flare classed as a long duration C7.3
I would like to know the answer myself. So will wait for someone who knows.
2- Would anybody care to speculate what the results would be had the above CME been earth directed. Phage?edit on 5-10-2011 by Observor because: (no reason given)
On September 1–2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, most notably over the Caribbean; also noteworthy were those over the Rocky Mountains that were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. According to professor Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, "people in the northeastern U.S. could read newspaper print just from the light of the aurora." Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases even shocking telegraph operators. Telegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire. Some telegraph systems appeared to continue to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.