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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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The Other Side of the Sun is “Crackling With Flares”

For the past week, all eyes have been on the Earth-side of the sun, where sunspots 1158 and 1161-1162 have unleashed some of the strongest flares in years. Meanwhile, the farside of the sun has been busy, too. Regard this movie … 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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Of a Hole in the Sun

From Space Weather: A dark croissant-shaped hole has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the vast opening during the early hours … Continue reading

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