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now the huge plasma wave on the road to Earth. I hope it could initiate an auroras in the middle latitudes :)
It looks so amazing that the winds are howling really LOUD outside!
Darn it, it's going to be cloudy tonight.
They say it could disrupt all GPS systems, I don't use GPS so I don't have to worry.
Maybe the sun had to pass some gas-you know Fart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Question: What kind of path are we looking at on the way to Earth? Since we are moving through space, will this cause the plasma wave coming at us to possibly miss? Or is motion all relative like tossing a ball in a moving car in that the wave will come right at us without fail? But also there's the point that the earth is moving in orbit and if that could move us out of range of this event.

I understand that there's an average 8 minute delay for photons to travel from the sun and Earth and that this plasma will travel significantly slower. It's just very interesting how this is going to hit us.
It hit us today and triggered geomagnetic storms. Another CME fired off today as well, THAT is expected to impact the Earth's magnetic field tomorrow and add to the storms.
Today had to be annoying to power load engineers in balancing power with the storms today, tomorrow will just be a REALLY busy day for them.
But, who knows? We may well have some nice auroral activity.
But, one law of physics still remains, whenever such interesting things occur, it MUST be cloudy overhead here. :/
So true on the clouds. They like to photo bomb all the neat Science. Thanks for the update.
NASA sent me a private email saying the sun farted!!!! in magnificent displays & as light travels faster then smell,the smell should hit
earth in 23.750 hrs.So put on your wet suits cause it might be dirty,smell like poo,and a little wet one.So make sure you grab some
tissue.NASA says Charmin is the best protection.
+Gary Naumowicz , as I have no sense of smell, it would be irrelevant to me. As for skin protection, I've had rather strong acids not burn my skin in any observable way and the same even holds true to my bare skin being exposed to drain cleaner. :)
And my skin is thick enough that medical techs have bent needles trying to get a blood sample from my hand. :/
I could watch stuff like that all day long and still be just as amazed by it as I was when I was a kid.
r we gonna be alright
Andrew DeCorpo, small minds deserve small entertainment, hence, erm, "Housewives of wherever". The rest seek the UNIVERSE.
We're never disappointed. :D
Though, occasionally annoyed, if the satellite didn't work or some power issues....
Chad M
its early in the morning and my go phone service is down
What is a solar flare? How does it affect us? AND How long does it take to reach Earth?
A solar flare is basically a tangle in the local magnetic field of the sun. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but remember, the sun is a huge ball of plasma, so electrons, protons and assorted ions can travel along those magnetic field lines.
At some point, the tangled field line can basically cross itself and "short out", for a lack of a better simple term, in the fancy terminology, it reconnects, leaving that trailing area, with its charged particles to fly loose. In that case, it could become a coronal mass ejection.
In a flare, it's a super bright spot, loaded with x-ray energy along with the visible light, where the energy is flowing along those tangled magnetic field lines. The interaction of charged particles with the plasma of the sun and their literal twirling around the magnetic field lines generates rather strong x-rays.
If I haven't confused you enough, Wikipedia has an excellent and accurate article on solar flares.
As for time to Earth for a flare's radiation, a bit over 8 minutes, as it's electromagnetic energy, for the largest part. X-rays mostly.
A CME (coronal mass ejection) takes longer, typically around three days, though some highly energetic ones can arrive in a day. Those can give us some geomagnetic storms and really cool auroral displays.
For solar flares, the only ones who are threatened are people in high flying aircraft (receiving a mild dose of ionizing radiation) and astronauts (and of course, satellites receiving radiation damage).
Flares happen pretty often, large ones, less often. CME's far less often, but during the solar cycle (when the sunspots are frequent), they become more frequent. Expect a LOT more in the next year and change, as the solar maximum peaks next year.
Sunspots actually INCREASE the temperature of the Earth, as their edges are REALLY hot, compared to the rest of the sun. But, don't go looking at your thermometer for that difference, it's really small and only of note for researchers.
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