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Coronagraph images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) show a CME emerging from the blast site. The expanding cloud should hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of April 13th, possibly sparking geomagnetic storms and auroras
The Sun Burps Out a Gigantic Rolling Wave
Just in time for May Day, the Sun blasted out a coronal mass ejection (CME) from just around the limb earlier today, May 1, 2013. In a gigantic rolling wave, this CME shot out about a billion tons of particles into space, traveling at over a million miles per hour. This CME is not headed toward Earth. The video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), covers about two and a half hours of elapsed time.
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Originally posted by Uphill
reply to post by TheWetCoast
While our species is probably not the smartest one in this universe, it may win top honors for sheer dumb luck. According to scientists at Purdue University (and also at Stanford), a dip in radioactive decay rates has been noticed to happen as much as a day and 1/2 before a solar flare erupts on the sun and hits the Earth. Here is a link for the discussion on this topic from Purdue:
Here is a link for the Stanford version of this bizarre story:
Of course, more work will have to be done before any utility company will be willing to "bet the farm" that a total electricity system shutdown is in fact necessary to avoid massive damage from a highly energetic solar storm.
Researchers Capture Solar Eruption in a Photo
On June 7, a group of astronomers could successfully capture a photograph of a solar eruption. A report has lately uncovered that the eruption resulted in tons of plasma that are being thrown into space.
While it returned to the surface, the solar plasma was able to reach 2 million degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. At the time, the plasma speeds up touching almost 900,000 miles per hour. It has been told that the acceleration caused the plasma to break out
SOLAR WIND: A fast-moving (~600 km/s) stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field this weekend. Reports of high-latitude auroras are few, however, because of the nearly full Moon and midnight sun around the Arctic Circle. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 22nd