Friday, July 13, 2012

'Extreme' solar flare erupts, looks like storm is headed to Earth

PHOTO: A solar flare occurred Thursday morning. Early evidence shows a solar storm is heading toward Earth. (NASA/SDO/AIA / July 12, 2012)

A heavy-duty solar flare erupted on the surface of the sun midmorning Thursday, and it appeared from early data that a solar storm from the X-class eruption was headed toward Earth.

"It looks to be headed in the Earth's direction," Alex Young of Maryland's Goddard Space Flight Center told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Thursday. But, he noted, that's based on a view from just one of two spacecraft monitoring the sun.

The so-called coronal mass ejection -- a violently released bubble of gas and magnetic fields -- could veer off. Scientists are waiting on more data from spacecraft within the next few hours to pinpoint the speed and severity of the storm.

PHOTOS: Solar flare close-ups

Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, England, explained coronal mass ejections in a recent interview with The Times:

"Coronal mass ejections are caused when the magnetic field in the sun's atmosphere gets disrupted and then the plasma, the sun's hot ionized gas, erupts and send charged particles into space. Think of it like a hurricane — is it headed toward us or not headed toward us? If we're lucky, it misses us."

The size of the flare is a "reasonable" indicator of the strength and speed of a coronal mass ejection, Young said. Thursday's flare was categorized at X1.4. Among the categories of flares, according to Young, are C, M and X -- which, in general, translate to common, moderate and extreme.

The ejection, traveling at speeds of 1 million to 5 million miles per hour, takes about one to three days to reach Earth, said Young, associate director for science for the heliophysics division at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Solar eruptions like these pose a danger to Earth's technology, as well as any spacecraft and astronauts that lie in their way.

The blast of electromagnetic radiation can cause radio blackouts, Young said, and, in more extreme cases disrupt power.



Anonymous said...

Shield all electronic devices.

Anonymous said...

Im glad i built my bunker and not buy stupid shit like jet skis and big screen tvs on a home ec loan.

I Voted For Obama said...

Are we gonna die?

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when people drive SUV's. The same vehicles that killed off the dinosaurs. I know because Al Gore told me and he invented the Internet.

Anonymous said...

Solar flare? Pshaw! It's just gas from Hopey Changey unicorn farts.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Also is the cause for black on black, and black on white crime.. It is really a crime wave sent down by them pilgrim fucking Martians. Ask McStar... He a Starr Trekk fan.. Really!!!

Anonymous said...

Sweet! solar flare ups are good in that they cause radio SKIP conditions,
I can,from my location near the 008 Station,skip a radio signal into Benton County Iowa on 5 watts,the same amount of power as your walkie talkies.As far as radio there would have to be a HUGE amount of EMR(electro magnetic radiation) to distrupt radio signals to the point of no communications. Ive included a link to a radio propagation map so you can look and see where the areas of long distance communications are possible...

Anonymous said...

Joe Curtin had a Colon Flareup in 025 after he sat in chalk dust on his Commander's Throne!

Gallows Man

(the guy actually walked around for half a day with white chalk dust all over his pants in his anal area)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...



is still sucking worms at:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
6001 W 111th St
Alsip, IL 60803-6072

Section 37 Block 1 Lot 55 Grave 16

For you GPS guys:

Latitude: +41o 41' 235" read as 41 degrees, 41 minutes, 235 seconds North latitude

Longitude: -87o 45' 767" read as 87 degrees, 45 minutes, 767 seconds West longitude

Maps available at the cemetery office, come out and pay your respects - grave is right next to the road within easy beer bottle and beer can pitching distance. No washroom near by but somewhat isolated so you should be able to find a place to relieve yourself.

Anonymous said...

joe curtin was the only capt.on the cpd who had GED diploma,and word was that he originally flunked that, what a farce this job is.

025 Gallows Reporter 2 said...

From Issue 1 Nov 1994 of the The 025th District Gallows II

re: Joe Curtiin and his 35th class reunion.

Now to a lighter side.We
came across a notice
about a 35th class reunion
party for the G.E.D. class
that Joe was in. Sorry Joe,
you’re not invited as most
of the people in the class
say you cheated on the

From Issue 3 Jan 1995 of the The 025th District Gallows II

More on Joe's education and lying.

Joe you lied about your
educational background!
Why didn't you list that
you were thrown out of
Lindbloom H.S. during
your sophomore year?

I Voted For Obama said...

I guess this Joe Curtin guy was not popular?