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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #45 on: May 17th, 2007, 04:08am »

It would be interesting to see what would happen if it was determined that the sun was rapidly dying and going into its Red Giant phase (a few billion years ahead of schedule), where it will swell up and engulf the inner planets.

This would certainly put into perspective all of the wars that are being fought over some piece of land. Would people finally stop fighting to spend their final days in peace? Or will they stick to their futile struggles just because they don't know of anything different?

Would people pull together to try to figure out a way to escape this fate, however unfeasible it may be? Or would chaos and panic ensue, causing more death and destruction ahead of the actual calamity?

Would people hold out for some miracle? Or would they choose to end their existance early?

Would anyone bother to show up for work?

What would you do?

Hide underground? Party like it's 1999... uh well, 2099? Get wasted? Play mech nonstop?

Maybe you would build giant rocket engines to push the Earth out of the way like in the movie Gorath.
http://www.angelfire.com/ego/g_saga/gorath_path.html

Hmmm... well, maybe we can all make a few bucks by writing a story about sunspots and the imminent end of the world and sell it to the National Enquirer. grin

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P.S. Oh, wait... aren't I supposed to complain about gas prices here?
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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #46 on: May 17th, 2007, 9:27pm »

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Sunspot 956 has developed a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI
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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #47 on: May 17th, 2007, 9:57pm »

so what your saying is the sun is on its regular "cycle", does this mean we should give it some chocolates and don't talk back to it? shocked
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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #48 on: May 18th, 2007, 02:18am »

Going through 2 cycles, one normal one about every 11 years or so, and then a loong one about every 10000 years or so.

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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #49 on: May 23rd, 2007, 10:01pm »

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The sunspot has decayed and now poses no threat for solar flares. grin


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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #50 on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:52am »

ACTIVE SUNSPOT: Sunspot 960, which emerged over the sun's eastern limb less than 24 hours ago, is big and crackling with solar flares. "This morning there was an M3-class flare and a nice magnetic loop coming out of the sunspot," reports Cai-Uso Wohler of Bispingen, Germany, who took this dramatic sequence of images using his Coronado SolarMax60:

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A similar flare on June 1st (1450 UT) caused a shortwave radio fadeout over Europe. In the Czech Republic, Mirek Najman captured the event in this plot of a fading 3.5 MHz radio beacon.

Sunspot 960 shows no sign of quieting. Astronomers with solar telescopes should keep an eye on the active region, while shortwave radio listeners should remain alert for flare-triggered fadeouts and other propagation effects.

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« Reply #51 on: Jun 3rd, 2007, 2:59pm »

All reports say this one might be pretty bad...

ACTIVE SUNSPOT: Sunspot 960 has developed a "beta-gamma-delta" magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 15% chance of such a flare during the next 24 hours. A big eruption could trigger ion storms, radio fadeouts and, if all goes well, auroras. Stay tuned!

Amateur astronomer Franck Charlier sends this picture from his backyard in Marines, France:

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As shown above, several of the sunspot's dark magnetic islands are larger than our entire planet (Earth inserted for comparison). From end to end, the complex stretches 140,000 km, its sheer size making it an attractive target for backyard solar telescopes.

It is also a good target for shortwave radios. Sunspot 960 is crackling with M-class solar flares, and these explosions may be detected by radio listeners in two ways: (1) Solar flares sometimes produce delightfully audible radio bursts at frequencies greater than about 15 MHz. (2) The same solar flares can cause shortwave fadeouts at lower frequencies. For instance, an M3-flare from sunspot 960 on June 1st caused a shortwave fadeout over Europe. In the Czech Republic, Mirek Najman captured the event in this plot of a fading 3.5 MHz radio beacon.

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« Reply #52 on: Jun 4th, 2007, 9:14pm »

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The eruption he saw was an M9-class solar flare peaking at 0513 UT on June 4th. Even stronger flares are possible from this behemoth sunspot. NOAA forecasters estimate a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. Stay tuned!

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« Reply #53 on: Jun 6th, 2007, 12:50am »


It split after a C class solar flare.

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CHANGING SUNSPOT: Behemoth sunspot 960 is morphing into a double spot. Each component in this morning's photo from Rogerio Marcon of Campinas, Brazil, is about the size of Earth

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« Reply #54 on: Jun 6th, 2007, 3:12pm »

Ever wondered what is behind those holes in the sun? Follow the link and find out...

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« Reply #55 on: Jul 8th, 2007, 5:37pm »

New sunspots.

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NEW SUNSPOT: New sunspot 963 has just emerged over the sun's eastern limb, and "it's a grand sight," says Howard Eskildsen who took this picture from his backyard in Ocala, Florida:

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The sunspot's two dark cores are each larger than Earth, and they are connected by an unstable magnetic field that crackles with C-class solar flares. The eruptions have been entertaining onlookers with solar telescopes. "I watched in amazement for hours as the magnetic loops swayed back and forth" said one fella that had looked at the sun for too long.

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« Reply #56 on: Dec 13th, 2007, 10:27am »

Well been a quiet later part of the year..until now..

December 8th, Sunspot formation, Record setting size

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the next set of pictures is over the course of the past week until now... Notice the strange weather patterns here in the states along with this..
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Sunspot 978 has developed a beta-gamma magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI
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SUNSPOT 978: Giant sunspot 978 hasn't exploded yet, but it is seething with activity. Witness this video recorded by Gary Palmer of Los Angeles




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« Reply #57 on: Dec 13th, 2007, 9:10pm »

'bout to blow, capin!"

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« Reply #58 on: Dec 14th, 2007, 10:39am »

3 C class flares over night
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xx Re: Explosion on the sun. new sunspot
« Reply #59 on: Dec 16th, 2007, 12:07pm »

Update,
Sunspots fell apart yesterday, this group of spots let loose 5 c class solar flares and 1 m class flare while they were around. It let out a stream of solar wind that will reach us on the 17th.

So no problems for now. cheesy Maybe weather will go back to normal.
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