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BYTCH
12-30-2010, 07:57 AM
Scientists say that our sun is going into a turbulent phase of its weather cycle that will last about two and a half years:


At its angriest, the Sun can vomit forth tides of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.
This shock wave may take several days to reach Earth. When it arrives, it compresses the planet's protective magnetic field, releasing energy visible in high latitudes as shimmering auroras -- the famous Northern Lights and Southern Lights.

But CMEs are not just pretty events.

They can unleash static discharges and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt or even knock out the electronics on which our urbanised, Internet-obsessed, data-saturated society depends. Forecasters keep eye on looming 'Solar Max' (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101229/sc_afp/sciencespacesuntelecoms;_ylt=ArzPusrUkOMUE2_389XH. ses0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpbWVvdWxyBHBvcwMzOARzZWMDYWNjb 3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDZm9yZWNhc3RlcnNr)
Very Cool. :watch:

skipaway
12-30-2010, 10:27 AM
At its angriest, the Sun can vomit forth tides of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.

I know quite a few anti-emetics that might help!

triple_toe
12-30-2010, 11:06 PM
I think it's rather poetic that this thread isn't super popular... :shuffle:

I found the article very interesting, and, erm, a little terrifying. :o

Squibble
12-30-2010, 11:19 PM
:eek: I must go and tell the King!

Southpaw
12-30-2010, 11:59 PM
Ashton Kutcher said this was gonna happen! :scream:

Susan1
12-31-2010, 12:00 AM
There WAS an earthquake in Indiana this morning. Felt it in Dayton Ohio. Strange stuff.

Wiery
12-31-2010, 12:24 AM
Gee, and we just got Direct tv... :rolleyes:

overedge
12-31-2010, 01:35 AM
The sun is vomiting on me? That explains a lot....

rjblue
12-31-2010, 01:54 AM
The rest of you can worry about Global Climate Change. I save all my armageddon worries for Solar Storms (http://www.solarstorms.org/SRefStorms.html) with a teeny bit of worry left for an airborne Ebola epidemic.

JumpinBug
12-31-2010, 05:47 PM
Anyone else watching the British series Paradox? :)

BYTCH
01-07-2011, 07:00 AM
The rest of you can worry about Global Climate Change. I save all my armageddon worries for Solar Storms (http://www.solarstorms.org/SRefStorms.html) with a teeny bit of worry left for an airborne Ebola epidemic.Doesn't this mean that astronauts get irradiated by a solar storms! Astronauts hid deep within the body of the International Space Station, but still reported radiation effects and ocular 'shooting stars'. They are all going to get cancer :eek: Does "ocular 'shooting stars' " mean that their vision was affected?

That's it, change of plans, I no longer want to be an astronaut.

rjblue
01-07-2011, 12:19 PM
I still want to be an astronaut. I want to be able to say "Shields up! (http://www.universetoday.com/12593/scientists-design-ion-shield-to-protect-astronauts-from-solar-wind-radiation/).