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Are space storms liable to get worse?
« on: 08/03/2012 09:48:51 »
With warnings to aircraft of a space storm on its way from the sun and the sun yet to reach the peak of its cycle, are we more vulnerable to such events today than we were in the past?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337


 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #1 on: 08/03/2012 18:24:38 »
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I have been studying star patterns, and I subscribe to the theory that we are on a bilateral orbit with another star. We are at a point in our Galaxy where the Sun goes to refuel. This refueling proses goes on for about three thousand years as part of the sun's 24,000 year cycle. This is a brilliant illustration of  the fact that natural processes that we see here on earth do not end at the edge of our atmosphere. The sun has reached its watering hole and it is going to drink all it can before its long journey back out into space. We are in for a wild ride.
 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #2 on: 08/03/2012 20:09:02 »
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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #3 on: 09/03/2012 11:02:53 »
With warnings to aircraft of a space storm on its way from the sun and the sun yet to reach the peak of its cycle, are we more vulnerable to such events today than we were in the past?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337
Definitely more vulnerable - so much reliance on stuff that is in effect a massive aerial.  Did you watch the horizon on it?  Will still be on iplayer  for a few days.  I liked the UK energy policy - link everything!  They open (or should that be close in this situation) all the switches and even turn on extra and normally unused power lines; Only Connect!  the bigger and more interconnected the grid the more the safe earth points and fewer places where too much zap tries to get to ground in a dangerous direction
 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #4 on: 09/03/2012 11:27:49 »
With warnings to aircraft of a space storm on its way from the sun and the sun yet to reach the peak of its cycle, are we more vulnerable to such events today than we were in the past?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337
.......  Did you watch the horizon on it? 

Yes, I saw that. Very interesting.

 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #5 on: 09/03/2012 11:33:26 »
We are heading to the peak of the next solar cycle (Solar Cycle 24).  However, most indications are that this will be a relatively weak solar cycle.

From the NASA Website


At the peak, one would expect more strong solar flares, but perhaps not as strong as previous solar maxima.

Oddly, there seems to be much more activity in the northern hemisphere of the sun than the southern hemisphere of the sun during this solar cycle.  I'm not sure what the implications of that will be.  Will there be a large increase in strong activity from the south to catch up?

 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #6 on: 09/03/2012 11:41:57 »
I read that sunspot AR1429, imaged above, is 7 times wider than Earth; an awesome statistic.
 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #7 on: 09/03/2012 14:19:27 »

Oddly, there seems to be much more activity in the northern hemisphere of the sun than the southern hemisphere of the sun during this solar cycle.  I'm not sure what the implications of that will be.


Not sure if I misheard or perhaps misunderstood what was said on the Horizon prog that imatfaal mentioned, but I think the suggestion was that southern activity has a greater effect on Earth, due to its polarity.
 

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Re: Are space storms liable to get worse?
« Reply #8 on: 09/03/2012 16:32:23 »

Oddly, there seems to be much more activity in the northern hemisphere of the sun than the southern hemisphere of the sun during this solar cycle.  I'm not sure what the implications of that will be.


Not sure if I misheard or perhaps misunderstood what was said on the Horizon prog that imatfaal mentioned, but I think the suggestion was that southern activity has a greater effect on Earth, due to its polarity.
  I think it was solely the polarity - which i dont think has a great deal to do with which solar hemisphere the ejection comes from
 

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