posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 10:52 AM
Originally posted by NewThor7
Is this the fastest Coronal Mass Ejection ever?
Let the debate begin!
It took less than half a day to reach Earth.
The velocity of a CME can vary greatly depending on the initial energy that created it. Some are very slow and some are very fast...
...I'm not sure what it is exactly that you want to debate.
By the way, I'm also not too sure about your video being from August 31st (as described by the YouTube uploader). Here is the CME from August 31st,
and it had a speed of 500 km/second (over 1 million miles per hour), which is about average for a CME (some can move 6 times more quickly and some 10
times more slowly). This one does not look the same as in the YouTube:
That CME from August 31st reached Earth on September 3rd:
It is true that some CMEs can travel faster than others -- the AVERAGE time it takes to hit Earth is 3 or 4 days, but some take longer and some come
more quickly. I admit I don't know what the fastest ever was, but I suppose 1/2 day to reach Earth does not sound that far-fetched.
edit on 1/7/2013 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)