Friday, August 06, 2010

NASA photographs fast solar explosion from the sun

The fastest solar eruption in years was photographed from the sun at more than 2.2 million mph by two NASA spacecraft:
On August 1st, the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more. This extreme ultraviolet snapshot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun's northern hemisphere in mid-eruption:

Different colors in the image represent different gas temperatures ranging from ~1 to 2 million degrees K. Watch the movie. Some parts of the sun heat up during the eruption, other parts cool down. These are priceless data for solar physicists working to understand the inner workings of solar storms."
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Northern lights report: People in norway and and northern hemisphere are reporting consistent bright northern lights but so far damage to satellites is minimal:
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