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Will the sky be falling on Tuesday Aug. 2nd, 2010?

 
 
Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 05:28 pm
Huge blasts of sun's plasma hurtling toward Earth

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/0802-coronal-mass-ejection-solar-flare/8413253-1-eng-US/0802-coronal-mass-ejection-solar-flare_full_380.jpg

A huge mass of magnetically charged material ejected from the sun is racing across space toward our planet, where it is expected to arrive on Tuesday. When it strikes the Earth's magnetic field, it could produce spectacular auroras.

For the meat of the article:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/Cool-Astronomy/2010/0802/Huge-blasts-of-sun-s-plasma-hurtling-toward-Earth
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 05:30 pm
now where did i put my 1,000,000 SPF sunscreen
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 05:39 pm
@djjd62,
But you don't get your vitamin D metabolism if you use that, silly.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 05:43 pm
@ossobuco,
In fact, someone should let RexRed know about this... he seems to have some kind of vitamin D deficiency going on:
Quote:
I have been set back months in my therapy for my vitamin D deficiency...

http://able2know.org/topic/159455-3#post-4303697
roger
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:02 pm
@tsarstepan,
So far, so good. Chicken Little
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:04 pm
@ossobuco,
i'm old school, i don't use sunscreen, i figure i've done my damage
Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:09 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
Will the sky be falling on Tuesday Aug. 2nd, 2010?

Literally? Shocked

So, an umbrella won't help?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:18 pm
@djjd62,
I don't either, though I used to. I stopped lying around on beaches baking my bod in a bikini, calling for a gin and tonic, lots of years ago. Learned about sun screen later. I still have some sunscreen, leftover from when I used to tromp around mapping properties, sometimes on + 100 degree F days - and haven't thrown it out in case for some reason I plan to sit in the sun for any length of time. It's probably rotting there at the bottom of the cupboard.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
Oh, now he's off on tetanus shot mercury toxicity. I didn't yell at him this time.
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 06:49 pm
um....Tuesday is August 3rd.

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 07:00 pm
@chai2,
D'oh!

Would you like to work pro bono as my personal thread editor?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2010 11:48 pm
@tsarstepan,
Tuesday 3.18 pm here....and we are still in existence.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 01:30 am

AURORA WATCH: High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight.
One and possibly two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are heading toward Earth,
propelled by the solar eruptions of August 1st (see below).
NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% chance of major geomagnetic storms
and a 45% chance of at least some geomagnetic activity when the clouds arrive on August 3rd and 4th.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 04:19 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Thank you very much for the update OSDavid! Much obliged. Very Happy
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 04:44 am
@tsarstepan,
As the mass ejecta reaches us, you can go outside and looking up with your eyes closed, you may be able to see the flashes of light in your retina as the particles decay and emit a photon. This will give you a perspective of how energetic these solar flares can be.


I used to use that method to check the shielding on xray diffraction equip at the rock labs . Many times techs would keep the shields off so they could quickly adjust the samples in the beam. The Ka1 radiation was a low emission but you could still get zapped and years later, I knew of several xray techs whove gotten various cancers.

Do they have any idea of the energy levels yet? will we lose any satellite service either by a forced shutdown or by zapping?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 05:09 am
@farmerman,
I have to get ready for work but I've heard a lot of good things about this site:
http://www.spaceweather.com/
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2010/02aug10/eruptingfilament.mov?PHPSESSID=dtd39tle8ftlv3uvu7l4dpffb6
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Ionus
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 07:35 am
Sooo...we might all be deaded and not knowing it ?? What about shooting flares back at the sun ? Will that work or just make it mad ?
CostaCoffeeBob
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 08:23 am
@djjd62,
Of course not... It's now August the 3rd... and the Sky has not fallen in on us all. But then I got my Old Granny to knit me Tin Foil Undercrackers (underpants), and a Tin Foil hat..... so I'm all OK.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 10:33 am
@CostaCoffeeBob,
I just heard a pop in my cable cli...
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 02:51 pm
@Ionus,
Quote:
What about shooting flares back at the sun ? Will that work or just make it mad ?

I think that's like an ant trying to spit on a hump back whale while the whale is swimming around the Atlantic Ocean during a hurricane. That whale will not notice.

But I do like the cathartic nature of the act. Surprised
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