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March 26th, 2008

Filed under: Cosmos,Your Stories — newseditor @ 10:08 pm

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Solar activity is surging. Three large sunspots have materialized and at least one of them harbors energy for strong solar flares. An M2-class eruption on March 25th hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space and emitted radio bursts audible in shortwave receivers on Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of more M-flares during the next 24 hours.

Visit http://spaceweather.com to see pictures of the burgeoning
sunspots and to listen to yesterday’s radio flare, as well as other weather reports from the galactic neighbourhood.

Story submitted by Nigel

6 Comments

  1. Wow… amazing site!! Have bookmarked this one.
    The audio is incredible – like listening to all the elements
    meeting head on!

    Comment by KiCkinG BiRd — March 26, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

  2. I remember the havoc these used to cause with our HF (High Frequency) radios. Sometimes it would be nearly impossible to make yourself heard!

    Comment by Rose — March 27, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

  3. Yes they wreak all kinds of havoc – an X-class blacked out the Quebec power grid in 1989, and the recent one in 2006 coincided with terrible bush fires in Victoria. Solar activity rolls in an 11 year cycle, this one is escalating toward 2011. Imagine what all this electromagnetic energy is doing to our little electromagnetic brains! Exciting isn’t it?

    [more information: http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/sftheory/flare.htm%5D

    Comment by newseditor — March 27, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  4. Hmmm, so does that mean next time I have a bright idea I can thank solar activity? 😉

    Comment by Rose — March 28, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

  5. Yes Rose, all bright ideas come from the sun. there are 3 classes of sunspots/coronal flares x = xcellent idea m = moderately ok c = could of dun better! 🙂

    Comment by Nigel — March 30, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  6. and all this time I thort it was my brilliance that shone out from my nether quarters……must be that moon juice reflecting a solar flare.

    Comment by di Smaid — March 31, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

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