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Huge Sun Flare and growing Nov 21

Arrowwind09

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=


Published on Nov 20, 2012
ANOTHER FAST-GROWING SUNSPOT: The sunspot number is increasing again. During the past 36 hours, active region AR1618 has more than quadrupled in size. It now has more than a dozen dark cores scattered across an expanse of stellar surface more than 10 times wider than Earth. Sunspot AR1618 has a beta-gamma magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. http://www.spaceweather.com
 

tick

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You know... I was reading something that theorized that the "3 days of Darkness" is real, and what caused it was not the earth stopping rotation, and not the sun "going out", but was in fact caused by the sun being 75 to 85% covered with sunspots which diminished the light that earth got.

Definitely a theory that makes sense, and is conceivable could happen...

Interesting times indeed.

I'm just glad that last one that was the size of Jupiter released that CME out the other side....
 

Solstice Goat

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The period of 1645 to 1715 called the Mauder Minimum is noted for a period where there were very few sunspots and a corresponding bitter cold Winters in Europe and North American. This period on Earth is known as the Little Ice Age. Parenthetically, drawing a direct cause and effect relationship between the two events is the subject of heated debate among scientists. The Medieval Maximum period occurred in 1100 to 1250 marked by unusually warm temperatures on Earth and a very high level of solar activity and sunspots. The Dalton Minimum occurred in the 1800s and is noted for fairly low sunspot activity and cooler temperatures on Earth. Since 1900, with the exception of very recent history, scientists have called the relatively high sunspot count a period called the Modern Maximum.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news160043689.html#jCp
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tick

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:bananalama:
Hmm...

Alright... so which is it dangit... Are we headed for Global Warming, or the next "Mini Ice Age"?

You can't have it both ways people!

This solar maximum is the lowest solar maximum of a while too, not sure comparing to what, but they said it was low for a solar maximum.
 

tick

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Sunspots are caused by turbulence, and are attributed to the sun's temperature rising.

They also have a profound effect on the upper atmosphere.

Right off spaceweather.com

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CHANCE OF STORMS: NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% to 65% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Nov. 23/24 when a pair of CMEs is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The incoming clouds were propelled toward Earth by the recent eruptions of sunspot AR1618. Black Friday might be tinged red and green by the glow of high-latitude auroras. Aurora alerts: text, voice.​
SUNSPOT AR1618--UPDATE: Sunspot AR1618 has experienced some decay during the past 24 hours, but it is still potent. The sunspot's magnetic canopy has a 'beta-gamma-delta' configuration that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Because of the sunspot's nearly central location on the solar disk, any eruptions today would be Earth-directed. Solar flare alerts: text, voice."


So, I guess we might get some light shows possibly. I'm too far south to get them though.
 

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