Tag Archives: solar flare

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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Aurora Alert!

FAST CORONAL MASS EJECTION: A coronal mass ejection (CME) exploded from the vicinity of sunspot 1164 during the late hours of March 7th. It leapt away from the sun traveling ~2200 km/s, making it the fastest CME since Sept. 2005. A … Continue reading

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The Sun Erupts

Well, make that “erupted.” Two weeks ago, NASA’s Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamic Observatoryspacecraft imaged an impressively large prominence erupting from the surface. … The scale of the prominence is huge — the entire Earth would easily fit under the flowing curtain of hot gas. APOD: 2011 … Continue reading

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National Geographic Takes Heed of The Carrington Event–So Should You

Glad to see this getting more attention. National Geographic picks up on the off-the-scale solar flare known as the Carrington Event, of 1859, and the utter catastrophe a similar event would cause today. “What’s at stake,” the Space Weather Prediction … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

Ready or not. And we’re not. A significant active region is about to emerge over the sun’s northeastern limb. The underlying sunspots are not yet visible from Earth, but the region’s towering magnetic canopy is already in view. … This … 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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