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Two new solar flares erupted from the sun on Saturday, blasting streams of plasma and charged particles into space.
The outbursts were both categorized as M-class solar flares. They exploded from the surface of the sun at 12:27 a.m. ET and 12:44 p.m. ET, according to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
edit on 11-3-2012 by azureskys because: set wrong
A fast-moving cloud of solar plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection, was triggered by Tuesday's X-class eruptions, and this wave of energetic particles hit Earth on Thursday. The resulting geomagnetic storm was weaker than expected, but solar physicists say there is a potential for conditions to escalate.
Still, the massive sunspot region shows no signs of quieting down, and earlier Friday, NASA scientists said that it also appears to be growing. "Sunspot AR1429 keeps getting bigger! It's more than 7 times the width of Earth," scientists with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory said via Twitter.
Originally posted by azureskys
My son's girlfriend texted to say, a broom with metal handle & frame at her job, stood by it's self
when accidentally let go of.
It was around 10:00 pm tonight in Michigan.
A combination of the pull of the moon and solar flare activity?edit on 11-3-2012 by azureskys because:
Someone JUST did a thread on the broom ordeal a few wks ago.
Hmmm...interesting. She didn't break out her camera phone did she? Didn't think so...edit on 11-3-2012 by amongus because: (no reason given)extra DIV