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NASA: Earth’s Largest Solar Storm in Five Years Goes Easy On Earth

Posted: March 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NASA: Earth’s Largest Solar Storm in Five Years Goes Easy On Earth

Aurora Brialis Over Iowa - March 2012 - Earth's Largest Solar Storm in Five Years Goes Easy On Earth

The huge solar storm that NASA detected hurtling toward Earth hit our planet at 5:42 a.m. EST Thursday. So far, there have been no reports of major power or communications disruptions. The storm’s magnetic fields are oriented in a way that’s “been opposite of what is needed to cause the strongest storming,” says the Space Weather Prediction Center.

The main effect of this storm – the largest in five years – may only be to paint colorful auroras across the night skies. But it’s not the last you’ll hear about “Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth,” as mentioned earlier this week. The sun is currently in a very active phase, and it won’t peak until 2013, according to NASA. This week’s large solar flares, and a similar episode in late January, have sparked a lot of curiosity about the phenomena and led some to worry about how they might disrupt life on Earth.

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NASA: Earth Braces For Biggest Solar Storm in Five Years

Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NASA: Earth Braces For Biggest Solar Storm in Five Years

NASA Earth Braces For Biggest Solar Storm in Five YearsHuge Geomagnetic explosions on the sun’s surface are sparking the biggest radiation storm that Earth has experienced in five years, according to space weather experts at NASA. The storm is expected is to hit Earth later today, the effects and aftermath could last for up to 48 hours. This latest Geomagnetic Event may disrupt power grids, GPS systems and satellites, and has already forced some airlines to change their routes around the polar regions.

NASA said in a statement the Geomagnetic storms due to Coronal Mass Ejections – CMEs – earlier in the week have increased in strength, and are now rated a G3 on a scale from G1 to G5. This space weather is due to the March 7 activity from the sun that caused rapid changes to the shape of Earth’s magnetosphere – the bubble of protective magnetic fields surrounding the planet — resulting in a geomagnetic storm. As of March 8, the storm was fairly mild since the magnetic fields from the CMEs were partially aligned with Earth’s own and thus slid around the magnetosphere. However, the geomagnetic storm has increased because the magnetic fields of the CMEs have now changed direction such that they can more easily deposit magnetic energy and radiation into Earth’s environment. Read the full article »»»»


Michio Kaku BigThink: Cataclysmic Solar Flares For 2012!?

Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Cosmology, Favorite New Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Michio Kaku BigThink: Cataclysmic Solar Flares For 2012!?

Michio Kaku BigThink Cataclysmic Solar Flares For 2012What’s the worst possible thing that could happen in 2012? It just depends who’s boat your sitting on. For Doomsayers, 2012 is The Apocolypse, The End of Days – much like Harold Camping’s Rapture, May 21, 2011 and October 21, 2011 – For those of us still sat here asking wtf are you dribbling on about?

That überpopular Princeton wiz Michio Kaku – you’ll know who he is when you see the video – dispells a bundle of crackpot prophetic theories via his Big Think session.

The 2012 doomsday prophecies are many and varied, principally comprising of a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and the crackpots swear by it!

Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholars, most likely due to the fact that since man began to look up and count at the same time he’s been predicting some form of galactic doom :: Read the full article »»»»