Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Here comes the sun

Can't see a way to embed this video, but watch these solar flares.
The sun erupted with one of the largest solar flares of this solar cycle on March 6, 2012 at 7PM ET. This flare was categorized as an X5.4, making it the second largest flare -- after an X6.9 on August 9, 2011 -- since the sun’s activity segued into a period of relatively low activity called solar minimum in early 2007. The current increase in the number of X-class flares is part of the sun’s normal 11-year solar cycle, during which activity on the sun ramps up to solar maximum, which is expected to peak in late 2013.
Just wild. All that energy going to be bombarding our little planet tomorrow. Expect some trouble with electronics.
Two gigantic solar flares that erupted on the surface of the Sun on Wednesday night have produced magnificent, jaw-dropping imagery and movies of our star’s unpredictable might, but the impact on Earth could be decidedly less enjoyable. The resulting particle blasts are expected to strike our planet at around midnight or early Thursday morning and pose risks to high frequency radios, GPS, and power grids, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Expecting my internets here to be cranky. Hell, they get disgruntled every time it just rains.

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