One minor thing to consider along with the images is the fact that we, as humans, recently gained the ability to see this kind of detail and near
constant coverage of the Sun. It's possible things like this come and go more frequently than any of us would be comfortable knowing, and simply
didn't have GOES up there to show us from two directions and in High Def.
It could be short term Geomagnetic doom we see...or just another storm we haven't seen enough of yet to know better. I guess we'll know as we get
years and decades of close in and highly detailed observation to go by.
I hope this does turn out to be a footnote to a fascinating chapter of solar activity and not a short term doomsday to our electrical generating
system. It isn't the wires and transformers we'd lose and be in the dark for months...It's the turbines and equipment at the actual power plants
themselves. They don't stock spares to the big stuff, and 1859 seems to imply the air itself carrier enough charge to put the whammy on solid state
systems of today. We'll see...
edit on 12-11-2011 by Wrabbit2000 because: typo