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M9-class solar flare.
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:30:31 PM »
http://spaceweather.com/

ALMOST-X FLARE AND CME (UPDATED): This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind.
(More on the site, itself.)

I was kind of shocked to not see anything on Elli about this when I logged in, as I was sure this would have caught the attention of at least a few Elliquiyans.

Aside being nerded out (excited, in a scientific kind of manner), I'm also wondering how this will effect Earth. Especially our more sensitive technology.
I did read around, yes, but mostly on non-English sites and, I admit, I am too lazy to translate all I have found.

I thought I'd point to this bit of information for those who are into this type of thing and hadn't seen it as of yet.

Offline OldSchoolGamer

Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 07:03:14 PM »
http://spaceweather.com/

ALMOST-X FLARE AND CME (UPDATED): This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind.
(More on the site, itself.)

I was kind of shocked to not see anything on Elli about this when I logged in, as I was sure this would have caught the attention of at least a few Elliquiyans.

Aside being nerded out (excited, in a scientific kind of manner), I'm also wondering how this will effect Earth. Especially our more sensitive technology.
I did read around, yes, but mostly on non-English sites and, I admit, I am too lazy to translate all I have found.

I thought I'd point to this bit of information for those who are into this type of thing and hadn't seen it as of yet.

An M9 is notable but not exceptionally powerful.  The real threat isn't so much your normal top-of-solar-cycle flares (though they can be damaging), but rather a repeat of the Carrington Event.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

We understand the solar cycles, but are a little less clear on what turned this flare into such an unparalleled whopper.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 07:08:05 PM »
Interesting. Thank you for the link, OldSchoolGamer. I seem to be having trouble finding more (in-depth information) about the current events asides astronomers being excited about the chances of Aurorae.

Offline DeMalachine

Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 07:24:59 PM »
There's unlikely to be much of a threat, though radio blackouts at the higher latitudes are a possibility. The good news is that there's a distinct possibility of seeing the aurora borealis at lower latitudes: it was seen as far low as northern England yesterday, and I've been keeping tabs of the current space weather to see if I'll get another chance to see it from the south of England (last time was approx 11 years ago - again, when solar activity was peaking). I get my info from here: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/index.html - it also gives warnings of any expected disruption that might occur

The CME event will not strike earth until 2.00pm GMT, which means all that massive solar activity will occur in daytime for me :-( - but there been a lot bubbling away on the sun just recently, so I'm still keeping tabs on things.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 07:35:42 PM »
Pretty sure I'm too far south myself, too *pouts* And I have no means to travel north, either. *boos*
Keeping an eye out, too. Maybe I can catch something of it. I'm CET, myself, so probably am in the same boat as you..
Thanks for the link, DeMalachine ♥

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 07:52:48 PM »
I always get mucked up on time conversions.  I'm 5 hours off of GMT, which means it'll either be 7PM (sunset-ish) or 9AM (solidly daylight).  Sunset would be really cool, during the day, not so interesting.

Offline Caeli

Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 07:54:07 PM »
I'm -8 GMT, I think, which means it won't be exciting at all for me. >_> Sigh. I think I'm also too far south to see the aurora.

Offline DeMalachine

Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012, 07:57:54 PM »
According to the NOAA site, the CME is expected to strike Earth at around 9am EST on Tuesday.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2012, 08:01:48 PM »
Bother.  Might be able to see something if I look outside when I wake up (7AM)

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2012, 08:27:36 PM »
If I'm not mistaken, the cloud hitting us should take a few days, though. Though I'm not certain what that will mean Aurorae-wise, I'm hoping it will mean that we get a big(ger) window for it.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2012, 08:40:21 PM »
From the look of the charts, the M9 CME erupted early Monday morning, and by all accounts it's a speedy one!

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2012, 08:46:04 PM »
Bah.. I thought I recalled an animation for the period of 22-31 :/
Then again, I am utterly flaky, and I can't recall how long the actually hit on Earth was >.> (could sworn it was more than 24hrs)
*reboots brain and buys more RAM for it*

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2012, 02:34:31 PM »
The results of an X-class solar flare are currently buffeting the earth...so for me, it means another evening out watching for aurorae until the early hours...with frogs croaking in the pond and the scent of night-flowers on the air. Oh well... :-)

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2012, 02:52:58 PM »
I hope the cloud cover clears enough for me to see if the light-show makes it this far south.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2012, 03:40:31 PM »
^It's always a threat here in the UK. As someone once pointedly said - Britain doesn't have a climate, it just has weather.

Offline Tiberius

Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2012, 01:21:05 AM »
Conspiracy nutters will tell you that the sun is going to do something on the Mayan Doomsday. I did see something about this flare on the news, they said it would disrupt unshielded satellite communications and cause EM disruptions in the atmosphere, they were worried that it would cause blackouts as powerful flares disrupt the flow of electricity from power stations.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2012, 01:58:55 AM »
Conspiracy nutters will tell you that the sun is going to do something on the Mayan Doomsday. I did see something about this flare on the news, they said it would disrupt unshielded satellite communications and cause EM disruptions in the atmosphere, they were worried that it would cause blackouts as powerful flares disrupt the flow of electricity from power stations.

I know that we are entering the high point of the solar flare cycle this year, but if the last couple haven't done any damage, I can't see it being a 'doomsday event.'

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2012, 02:19:48 AM »
I know, but these people are between neurotic tin foil hat wearers and completely crazy, so they'd believe anything really.

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Re: M9-class solar flare.
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2012, 07:24:43 AM »
^^ Kind of rude and judgmental there aren't you? I do kind of take offense to that because I can be considered a conspiracy theorist. Just because you do not believe it does not mean you have the right to insult and degrade those who do.