Coronal Mass Ejection

Amra

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Coronal Mass Ejection

Solar Tsunami to Strike Earth

The Sun's surface erupted early Sunday morning, blasting tons of plasma into interplanetary space -- directly toward the Earth.

Earth is bracing for a cosmic tsunami Tuesday night (August 3rd) as tons of plasma from a massive solar flare head directly toward the planet.

The Sun's surface erupted early Sunday morning, shooting a wall of ionized atoms directly at Earth, scientists say. It is expected to create a geomagnetic storm and a spectacular light show -- and it could pose a threat to satellites in orbit, as well.

"This eruption is directed right at us and is expected to get here early in the day on Aug. 4," said Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "It's the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time."

The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, was spotted by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captures high-definition views of the sun at a variety of wavelengths. SDO was launched in February and peers deep into the layers of the sun, investigating the mysteries of its inner workings.

"We got a beautiful view of this eruption," Golub said. "And there might be more beautiful views to come if it triggers aurorae."

Views of aurorae are usually associated with Canada and Alaska, but even skywatchers in the northern U.S. mainland are being told they can look toward the north Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for rippling "curtains" of green and red light.

When a coronal mass ejection reaches Earth, solar particles stream down our planet's magnetic field lines toward the poles. In the process, the particles collide with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere, which then glow, creating an effect similar to miniature neon signs.

The interaction of the solar particles with our planet's magnetic field has the potential to create geomagnetic storms, or disturbances, in Earth's magnetosphere. And while aurorae are normally visible only at high latitudes, they can light up the sky even at lower latitudes during a geomagnetic storm.

Fortunately for Earth-bound observers, the atmosphere filters out nearly all of the radiation from the solar blast. The flare shouldn't pose a health hazard, Golub told FoxNews.com.

"It's because of our atmosphere," he explained, "which absorbs the radiation, as well as the magnetic field of the Earth, which deflects any magnetic particles produced."

The radiation "almost never" makes it to ground, he noted, though pilots and passengers in airplanes may experience increased radiation levels akin to getting an X-ray.

The solar particles also could affect satellites, though scientists think that possibility is remote. Orbital Sciences Corp. believe a similar blast may have knocked its Galaxy 15 satellite permanently out of action this year (it's now called Zombiesat- Amra).

This type of solar event has both government officials and satellite manufacturers worrying.

NASA scientists warned recently that high-energy electric pulses from the sun could cripple our electrical grid for years, causing billions in damages. In fact, the House is so concerned that the Energy and Commerce committee voted unanimously to approve a bill allocating $100 million to protect the energy grid from this rare but potentially devastating occurrence.

The sun's activity usually ebbs and flows on a fairly predictable cycle. Typically, a cycle lasts about 11 years, taking roughly 5.5 years to move from a solar minimum, a period of time when there are few sunspots, to peak at the solar maximum, during which sunspot activity is amplified.

The last solar maximum occurred in 2001. The latest minimum was particularly weak and long- lasting.

The most recent solar eruption is one of the first signs that the sun is waking up -- and heading toward another maximum.


 

Noodle

Moderator
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

OK, who's been feeding the sun Taco Bell again? I'm looking at you, Leo!
 

DoW Fanatic

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

Just read the article on space.com. Pretty cool that they caught it with a ground based observatory. Wish we were getting the light show here.
 

BobCox2

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

Wireless and satellite outages coming up.

It's going to be a high flare year based on past data.
 

Leopold Stotch

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

OK, who's been feeding the sun Taco Bell again? I'm looking at you, Leo!
ok, just because i have awesome solar flare from MY *** when i eat Taco Bell does not mean that i gave it to the sun to rip one as well.

i blame Gorny.

or maybe the sun is like my dog and just saw it and took it for itself.


 

korialstraz

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
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OK, who's been feeding the sun Taco Bell again? I'm looking at you, Leo!
Ehmmm... yea. It wasn't Leo this time around... :girly:



Anyway didn't get to see the light show, although I've already watched pics, and damn there was a couple really good ones! Now I wish that I'd stayed up to catch the show. >_>


 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
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This usually happens when to many forum rules were broken and nobody reported them, so the mods couldn't reach the expected amount of bans. I blame all of you!

We can still avoid it with the proper amount of human sacrifices.
 

Noodle

Moderator
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

Excellent! I assume I'm in charge of clean up - I'll get a few rugs ready.
 

Leopold Stotch

Diabloii.Net Member
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if thas the result of taco bell, what happens when you have chipotle?
i'll say this much....

no amount of Chipoltaway will do. it will be called the Big Bang Two.

i alos hope y'all know i am from Texas and my *** can actually handle Mexican food and that this is a total joke. :p


 

Noodle

Moderator
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

I can totally fix this, but I'm going to need one of these:



and a giant-sized bottle of this:

 

Dutchman

Diabloii.Net Member
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A butt plug fit to size the sun is a staggering mental image. Good news is the shape lends itself to wings for launch into space.

Dutch

p.s. wings not such good news from the suns perspective.
 

BobCox2

Diabloii.Net Member
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i'll say this much....

no amount of Chipoltaway will do.:p
once you start to add Tequila.

A butt plug fit to size the sun is a staggering mental image. Good news is the shape lends itself to wings for launch into space.

Dutch

p.s. wings not such good news from the suns perspective.
Why does the above make me think of Tampons ad's v.s. The ad's for the winged pads?


 

Ariadne

Diabloii.Net Member
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I don't want to think about the idea of Earth launching tampons to solve sun problems.
 

Amra

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

Why does the above make me think of Tampons ad's v.s. The ad's for the winged pads?
We could paint the first half of it red.

Back on topic, I've not heard of any serious damage to the technological infrastructure.



 

Ariadne

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

We could paint the first half of it red.

Back on topic, I've not heard of any serious damage to the technological infrastructure.
Nor massive tsunami's. Where were we to expect one?



 

Gorny

Banned
Re: Coronal Mass Ejection

ok, just because i have awesome solar flare from MY *** when i eat Taco Bell does not mean that i gave it to the sun to rip one as well.

i blame Gorny.

or maybe the sun is like my dog and just saw it and took it for itself.
Don't blame me for your mass gas *** emissions.



 
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