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Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Sporadic on Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:40 am

A huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes.

The front edge of the burst should arrive Sunday morning, said Joseph Kunches, a spokesman for the Space Weather Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.

“At first glance, it was, ‘Oh my God, it’s at the center of the [sun’s] disk, it ought to go right to the Earth,’ ” Kunches said. But upon further review and “head-scratching” Thursday, NOAA’s space weather team calculated that most of the plasma blob should pass harmlessly over the top of our planet.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sun-shoots-a-fastball-at-earth-but-minimal-impact-expected-on-satellites-power-grid/2012/01/20/gIQA5KiBEQ_story.html




Courtesy of NASA - Combined images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellites show a giant blob of plasma (top) ejected by the sun on Thursday. The cloud of charged gas is expected to reach Earth Sunday.


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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by ArcAngel on Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:09 pm

wow


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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Kisser on Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:29 pm

Damn nature you scary!
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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Bato on Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:28 pm

good thing it wont get on earth
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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Sporadic on Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:27 pm

The sun just Kamehameha'd our asses.


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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Bato on Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:42 pm

loool ill spirit bomb back at him!

Quick guys i need your energy
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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by MvRaM on Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:29 pm

Scary stuff, one day will all die from something like that or an asteroid hitting us.
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Re: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

Post by Bato on Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:33 pm

Sporadic wrote:

hahaha

MvRaM wrote:Scary stuff, one day will all die from something like that or an asteroid hitting us.

Yup probably. But luckily it isnt this time
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