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A Massive Explosion on the Sun, With the Earth Shown at Scale

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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 01:18 AM
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A Massive Explosion on the Sun, With the Earth Shown at Scale


www.theatlantic.com...
SEP 11 2012, 2:49 PM ET



Not sure if this has been posted on ATS, I tried using the search function and sifted through the threads only to turn up empty handed!

But here is a snippet from the article:


On the last day of August at 4:36 in the afternoon EDT, a filament of solar material exploded out of the sun,hurtling into space at more than 900 miles a second.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the eruption in video and photographs and now, to give us a better idea of the scale of this thing (as though understanding it is even possible), NASA has added to the above picture an image of Earth shown at scale.

The ejection of solar plasma did not head directly toward our planet, but even the indirect effects were enough to cause a beautiful aurora on the night of September 3rd.

NASA also provided a picture of that phenomenon, as seen from Whitehorse, Yukon, in Canada.





A video from NASA (which we also posted here last week) shows the eruption in action.




Now that is just one nasty looking flare. I wonder how it is affecting the Earth's temperature, if at all, climate change. It seems these flares, although a natural phenomenon, are getting larger every year?

Thoughts from you ATS members are most welcome!

Other article links:
www.khq.com...
www.inquisitr.com...

Check out the solar flare activity on SOHO video...not sure how to upload the .gif image onto here...maybe someone can help me out with it. Thank you.

sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov...
edit on 13-9-2012 by Skywatcher2011 because: added note




posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 01:20 AM
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Now that is just one nasty looking flare. I wonder how it is affecting the Earth's temperature, if at all, climate change. It seems these flares, although a natural phenomenon, are getting larger every year?

It didn't affect Earth's temperature but it did produce some minor geomagnetic activity.

It wasn't flare but no, they are not getting larger every year.



posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 09:04 AM
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Originally posted by Skywatcher2011
Not sure if this has been posted on ATS, I tried using the search function and sifted through the threads only to turn up empty handed!
Thanks for looking, but yes it was posted and I'm not sure why you missed it. It's still on page 1 of the space exploration forum thread list:

NASA photographs a HUGE solar eruption in stunning detail
It's even got the same picture with the Earth for comparison, though I like the way you embedded the photo in your OP better, instead of just linking to it.



posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 09:08 AM
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whati'm amazed at is the scale of the ejection compared to the size of the earth...the big flair looks to be 4 to 5 times the diameter of earth...amazing!



posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 10:27 AM
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It's not that big really...



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