Sunny Sunday

HUGE SUNSPOT: If you have a solar telescope, point it at the sun. A huge sunspot is turning toward Earth. Philippe Tosi of Nîmes, France, took this picture of AR2192 on Oct. 18th:

An inset picture of Earth shows the scale of the sunspot. All by tself, the primary dark core could swallow a planet twice as wide as our own.

Big sunspots pose a threat for strong flares, and this behemoth is no exception. Last week, while it was still on the farside of the sun, AR2192 unleashed several potent blasts including this massive CME. Now it is crackling with C-class flares that could herald something stronger: NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of M-class flares and a 5% chance of X-flares in the next 24 hours.

@ SPACEWEATHER.com

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22 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. Den says:

    That should hot things up around here.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Mostly muck up the electromagnetic spectrum and if big enough bring down the electric grid for some time. Save on your power bill as well as handhelds won’t have a connection.

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  2. º¿carol says:

    We bought a telescope when we first got married. It had a filter for the sun, and a green filter for the moon. Moon looked like green cheese. The sun filter was so dark you couldn’t see through it, but on the telescope you could see the sun, see the sun spots w/o losing your eyesight.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    I went outside this morning with my camera for some autumn pictures. Sun was shining in from the east, lighting up the trees. While I saw snapping away I heard a dog bark. A DOG BARKED! Oh, no.

    I walked over to the privacy fence where the two German Shepherds had escaped from, peeked through a gap and there were two pit bulls in there! NOOOOOO! OMG, he better be dog-sitting. That guy should never be allowed to own dogs, he is NOT a dog person and doesn’t even secure the yard. The shepherds escaped many times. I’ll be walking Quincy out there, what if we encountered two pit bulls?

    Early this summer two pit bulls were in his yard with the two shepherds. They were visitors. I hope these are the same two pits and that they are just being dog-sat. 😦

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny sunday here. Quiet out.

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  5. Den says:

    So the Sun is a bundle of electrical energy without an escape route to ground, out there spittin and poppin in the meantime keeping planets like ours going. huh.

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  6. Den says:

    Living dangerous Stone Brewing, Enjoy by 10-31-14 Hop slapping goodness!

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  7. Den says:

    Don’t show those naughty bits! best throw in some vaginas to compensate, jeepers.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Cloudy so dark as can be.

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  9. º¿carol says:

    The guy next door’s truck disappeared early this afternoon, the dogs seem to have disappeared, too. He came back right after dark while I was out and about, no dogs. He may have been dog-sitting after all, but time will tell.

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