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    Post  Carol Sat Oct 30, 2021 9:35 pm

    GEOMAGNETIC STORM UPDATE: We're still waiting for the CME. Right now minor geomagnetic unrest is happening at Arctic latitudes. This is due to a crack that opened in Earth's magnetic field--a phenomenon unrelated to the incoming CME. So far the much-anticipated storm has not yet begun. Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service will receive a text message when the CME strikes.

    MODELLING THE CORONAL MASS EJECTION--UPDATED: NOAA forecasters have a sophisticated computer program called "WSA-ENLIL," which models the propagation of CMEs through interplanetary space. Here is the latest model for the CME now approaching Earth:

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    If these images confuse you, here is a labeled frame to help make sense of it.

    The computer model predicts that the CME will make first contact with our planet around 1800 UT on Oct. 30th. That time has already passed, so the CME must be moving more slowly than forecasters thought. A slower moving-CME could deliver a weaker blow, and thus a less intense storm.

    The model also predicts a sharp increase in solar wind speed (800 km/s) and a 5-fold jump in solar wind density in the CME's wake. Such conditions, if they materialize, could still fuel a potent storm despite the CME's tardy arrival.

    Our revised forecast calls for G2 or G3 conditions during the early hours of Oct. 31st. Happy Halloween!


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    Post  Carol Sat Nov 06, 2021 11:00 am


    https://youtu.be/gtxazWAgRUE
    Sun Erupts Again, Geomagnetic Storm, Climate War | S0 News Nov.1.2021

    MOSTLY QUIET: This weekend, the sun is taking a break from big explosions. Quiet conditions have returned to most of Earth's magnetosphere. The exception: Inside the Arctic Circle where elevated solar winds could spark auroras without a geomagnetic storm.

    HOWEVER: Solar wind speed: 546.4 km/sec


    https://youtu.be/C5-GPEmf60U

    AURORA SOUNDS' RECORDED DURING STRONG GEOMAGNETIC STORM: For centuries, Arctic sky watchers have occasionally reported strange sounds filling the air as Northern Lights danced overhead. Hisses, crackles, and even loud "claps" have been heard and recorded. Are they real? Evan Ludes of South Dakota is a believer. On Nov. 4th, he heard strange sounds after a Cannibal CME hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking a strong geomagnetic storm:

    "After pulling off the highway to observe the pulsing green aurora, I shut off my car engine and heard buzzing and chirping," says Ludes. "At first I thought the noise was being created by birds, which would have been very unusual for the middle of the night. Upon further investigation, the sound seemed to be emanating from nearby power lines or barbed wire fencing."

    Everyone's heard buzzing near power lines before, but in this case the sounds were modulated by events in the sky. "The noise seemed to be synced with quick pulses of auroral light," says Ludes. "It was bizarre."

    Aurora sounds are controversial. Despite innumerable reports over the years, researchers have struggled to explain the phenomenon and sometimes suggested that they might be imaginary. Recently, however, Prof. Emeritus Unto K. Laine of Finland's Aalto University has shown that at least some of the sounds are real. Using arrays of microphones in Finland, he has recorded instances of "geomagnetic thunder." The chirps Ludes recorded seem to be a different type of noise, but perhaps no less authentic.






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    Post  Carol Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:06 pm

    INCOMING SOLAR WIND STREAM: A minor stream of solar wind is approaching Earth, and it could cause polar geomagnetic unrest when it arrives on Nov. 8th or 9th. The gaseous material is flowing from an equatorial hole in the sun's atmosphere. Auroras could appear around the Arctic Circle as the planetary K-index reaches a value of 3 or 4.


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    WHEN IS THE NEXT VENUS-MOON CONJUNCTION? Did you miss last night's Venus-Moon conjunction? If so, mark your calendar for Dec. 6th. Here's why:

    "What a beautiful sight!" says Gordon Garcia, who photographed the pair last night over Bartlett, Illinois.

    Next month's conjunction will be even better. On Dec. 6th the crescent Moon will be even closer to Venus, only a fraction of a degree away, and Venus will be a crescent, too! Like the Moon, Venus has phases, and during next month's conjunction the second planet will be only 23% illuminated. Wide-field telescopic images will reveal two crescents side by side.


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    Post  Carol Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:41 pm

    QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES: Solar activity is low. However, sunspot AR2894 has developed an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that could erupt this weekend. NOAA forecasters estimate a 5% chance of M-class flares during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: SMS Text.

    MOLTEN MOON: On the coast of Taiwan, photographer Meiying Lee was watching the crescent Moon set on Nov 10th when a second Moon rose out of the waves to meet it. "It was a lovely inferior mirage," says Lee, who rapidly started taking pictures:


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    "The weather was good and the air was clear on Nov. 10th," says Lee. "This allowed me to see the Moon at very low elevation [as it sank into the waves of the Taiwan Straight]."

    The mirage began when the Moon passed behind a layer of warm air hovering just above the sea surface. This kind of temperature anomaly is common; during the day, the sun heats the water, and at night the water returns some heat to the air just above it. Refraction in the warm air layer produces a lower (or 'inferior') image of the Moon, which rises as the actual Moon sets.

    Lee took a closer look and found individual craters rising out of the waves:

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    "In this photo, Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises) and Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fertility) appear in the upright image and the inverted image," says Lee. "The lunar seas are connected together by the mirage."


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    Post  Carol Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:35 pm


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    Almost Total Lunar Eclipse: November 19, 2021

    On November 19 (late evening of the 18th in some time zones), the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, creating a partial lunar eclipse so deep that it can reasonably be called almost total. At the moment of greatest eclipse, at around 9:03 a.m. Universal Time, 99.1%


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    Post  Carol Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:09 pm

    THE NEXT SOLAR WIND STREAM: Earth is exiting one solar wind stream. Another is on the way. Flowing from a southern hole in the sun's atmosphere, the gaseous material is due to arrive on Nov 21-22. NOAA forecasters say that a corotating interaction region (CIR) traveling just ahead of the stream could spark geomagnetic activity and Arctic auroras on Nov. 20th. Solar flare alerts: SMS Text.

    LUNAR ECLIPSE: Last night, the full Moon spent 3 1/2 hours dipped in Earth's sunset-red shadow. Morris Yoder photographed the lunar eclipse from Montezuma, Georgia:


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    "A foggy mist gave the eclipse an ethereal glow!" says Yoder.

    Technically, this was only a partial eclipse. At maximum coverage (97%), a 0.8 arcminute slice of the Moon hung outside of Earth's shadow. That's why a crescent-shaped swath of Moon just above Tycho crater looks so bright in Yoder's photo; it was uneclipsed.

    The uneclipsed crescent was the highlight for Guillermo Abramson as he watched the event in morning twilight from Bariloche, Argentina:


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    "During the final stages with the Moon about to set behind the Andes and the sky so clear, it was phantasmagoric," says Abramson.


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    Post  Carol Tue Dec 07, 2021 10:13 pm

    FARSIDE SOLAR ACTIVITY CONTINUES: During the past 24 hours multiple CMEs have billowed over the sun's southwestern limb. This is a sign of continued activity from a farside sunspot group, which has been exploding quasi-continuously since Dec. 3rd. The Earthside of the sun, meanwhile, is very quiet. Solar flare alerts: SMS Text

    AN ALIGNMENT OF PLANETS: When the sun goes down tonight, go outside and look southwest. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon are lined up in the twilight sky. Marko Posavec photographed them last night from Lake Šoderica in Croatia:


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    Post  Carol Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:31 pm


    The advice for closing windows and doors and staying inside, would fit the description of the plasma event which happens at northern pole and affects the whole world. But the warning with 7 trumpets will come first.

    ARCTIC AURORA WATCH: Earth is entering a region of dense, strongly magnetized solar wind. The encounter has opened a crack in Earth's magnetic field. Solar wind pouring through the gap could spark Arctic auroras on Dec. 19-20.

    AN EXPLOSION ON THE SUN: Yesterday, an active region emerging from the sun's south-eastrn limb exploded, producing a C6-class solar flare and a beautiful loop-shaped prominence: Debris from the explosion will miss Earth. However future eruptions might be geo-effective as the unstable blast site moves into our planet's strike zone later this week. https://spaceweather.com/





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    Post  Carol Mon Dec 20, 2021 5:05 pm

    EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: Directly facing Earth, sunspot AR2908 produced an M1.9-class solar flare today (Dec. 20 @ 1136 UT). A pulse of X-rays ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a minor shortwave radio blackout over the south Atlantic Ocean: map. Stay tuned for updates about a possible CME emerging from the blast site. Solar flare alerts: SMS Text.

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    Francois Rouviere of Cannes, France, also caught the sunspot in mid-flare. Amateur astronomers with solar filters should remained prepared, because more flares are in the offing.

    "I received an alarm about the solar flare," says Pepe Manteca of Barcelona, Spain. "So I was able to quickly mount my Lunt 152 and here are the images.

    Solar wind speed: 595.8 km/sec


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    Post  Carol Sat Dec 25, 2021 1:47 pm



    MUST WATCH THIS – The Sun Something Huge Is Hiding Behind It! THIS JUST APPEARED!.. The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is a nearly perfect ball of hot plasma, heated to incandescence by nuclear fusion reactions in its core, radiating the energy mainly as visible light, ultraviolet light, and infrared radiation. It is by far the most important source of energy for life on Earth. Its diameter is about 1.39 million kilometres (864,000 miles), or 109 times that of Earth. Its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, and it accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. Roughly three quarters of the Sun’s mass consists of hydrogen (~73%); the rest is mostly helium (~25%), with much smaller quantities of heavier elements, including oxygen, carbon, neon and iron. The idea that there might be another planet in our Solar System on an orbit that keeps it permanently behind the Sun dates back at least 2400 years to the Greek philosopher Philolaus. He postulated the existence of a ‘counter-Earth’ called Antichthon. It’s also caught the imagination of science fiction writers, including Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame, who made a film based on the idea in the late 1960s. Melancholia and Another Earth, both from 2011, also explore these themes.

    According to its spectral class, the Sun is a G-type main-sequence star (G2V). As such, it is informally, and not completely accurately, referred to as a yellow dwarf (its light is closer to white than yellow). It formed approximately 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of matter within a region of a large molecular cloud. Most of this matter gathered in the center, whereas the rest flattened into an orbiting disk that became the Solar System. The central mass became so hot and dense that it eventually initiated nuclear fusion in its core. It is thought that almost all stars form by this process. Extraterrestrial life is hypothetical life that may occur outside Earth and which did not originate on Earth. Such life might range from simple prokaryotes (or comparable life forms) to intelligent beings and even sapient beings, possibly bringing forth civilizations that might be far more advanced than humanity.

    The Drake equation speculates about the existence of sapient life elsewhere in the universe. The science of extraterrestrial life in all its forms is known as astrobiology. Since the mid-20th century, active ongoing research has taken place to look for signs of extraterrestrial life. This encompasses a search for current and historic extraterrestrial life, and a narrower search for extraterrestrial intelligent life. Depending on the category of search, methods range from the analysis of telescope and specimen data to radios used to detect and send communication signals. The concept of extraterrestrial life, and particularly extraterrestrial intelligence, has had a major cultural impact, chiefly in works of science fiction. Over the years, science fiction communicated scientific ideas, imagined a wide range of possibilities, and influenced public interest in and perspectives of extraterrestrial life.

    One shared space is the debate over the wisdom of attempting communication with extraterrestrial intelligence. Some encourage aggressive methods to try for contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. Others—citing the tendency of technologically advanced human societies to enslave or wipe out less advanced societies—argue that it may be dangerous to actively call attention to Earth. This is, “THIS JUST APPEARED!..” The Sun Something Huge Is Hiding Behind It


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    Post  Carol Sat Dec 25, 2021 1:49 pm

    ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A ... CME? A CME impact expected on Dec. 24th did not materialize. NOAA forecasters say the CME may still be coming, with a delayed impact on Christmas Day. The glancing blow could spark minor G1-class geomagnetic storms and auroras around the Arctic Circle. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

    CHRISTMAS COMET LEONARD: If you love comets, Merry Christmas. Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) has turned into a real gift. "What's going on today is simply breathtaking," reports Michael Jaeger, who photographed the comet using an 8-inch telescope in Namibia:

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    Comet Leonard's magnificent tail is braided with multiple filaments of gas and dust. These were created by a series of outbursts that began on Dec. 15th. Two and perhaps three explosions in the comet's core sent streamers of debris billowing down the tail.

    The same outbursts boosted the comet's brightness. It is now shining like a 4th magnitude star in the constellation Microscopium, an easy target for small telescopes in the southern hemisphere.

    More outbursts are in the offing. The comet is heading for its closest approach to the sun (0.61 AU) on Jan. 3rd. Increasing heat could liberate new jets of gas and dust and maybe even blow away huge chunks of ice and rock.


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    Post  Carol Sat Jan 22, 2022 5:27 pm


    GLANCING-BLOW CMEs: In recent days, the sun has produced multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs). None of them is heading directly toward Earth; nevertheless, they might touch our olanet. A series of glancing blows is possible beginning today, Jan. 22nd, when a CME thrown into space on Jan. 18th passes nearby. The close encounter could produce a brightening of Arctic auroras. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

    A QUIET EXPLOSION ON THE SUN: Yesterday, Jan. 21st, a magnetic filament connected to sunspot AR2934 became unstable and erupted. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the filament hurling a piece of itself into space:


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    Forecasters call this a "disappearing solar filament" (DSF). DSFs typically occur without the electromagnetic flash of a solar flare. In this sense, they are "quiet" explosions.

    Debris from yesterday's DSF formed the core of an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME). Watch the movie from SOHO. The CME is near the edge of the Earth strike zone; it might hit us or it might not. NOAA forecasters say that a glancing blow is possible on Jan. 24th.


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