Tag Archives: Carrington Event

Here Comes The Sun

Uh oh. A very active region of the sun is revolving into view, taking aim at Earth. HERE COMES TROUBLE? A big sunspot is emerging over the sun’s southeastern limb, and it is crackling with activity. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded … Continue reading

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What If We Were Hit By a Solar Tsunami?

You think the disaster in Japan is bad? What if the sun pops off a tsunami that wipes out power to the entire United States? Fact 1. In 1859 the sun unleashed a flare that, if it happened today, could … Continue reading

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The Scary Sun Gets Some High Level Attention

I am glad to see that someone with a bit more influence that I have is worried about the oncoming active solar cycle. A severe solar storm has the potential to take down telecommunications and power grids, and the country needs … Continue reading

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The Sun is Getting Scary

A few days ago, the sun exploded. Well, not entirely, or you would have noticed, but it set off an X-class flare, the “X” being the designation for the most powerful of these explosions, which produced lovely auroras but also … Continue reading

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The Sun Erupts! Well, Not All of It. Only Half.

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big. It … Continue reading

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