27 March 2005

Solar Flare Anomolies

Quote for the day:

"Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is."
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
German physicist & philosopher
(1742 - 1799)

Here it is a rainy Easter Sunday afternoon with the clouds low in the valley - my cat curled up purring on the couch & the lure of the satellites in our space has had me captivated for the past few hours wandering around the net on my 44kb connection (you know it is a passion when someone has the patience to download satellite images at this speed - lol).

The latest images from the LASCO & SOHO satellites are magnificent however they cannot outshine the ones shown below from the past few years. I particularly like the Comet Linear solar flare photo. Amazing the shapes in these powerful bursts!


One must take pity on the weather forecaster of today attempting to predict our weather based on models used before our Sun started to intensify it's activity (somewhere around 1986). With each flare comes a delightful wave of energy that laps invisibly onto our planet's shores and alters the weather patterns with unpredictable results. All life on our wonderful Planet Earth is impacted by these waves of invisible energy. It has been suggested by researchers that an aggressive Sun brings out the aggression in the human species. For one of many kewl articles on the subject check out Scientific Studies of Sunspots - Effects On Humans.

Off to make a bowl of warm soup & read on this Silvery B. C. day.

Links:

Cyberspaceorbit
LASCO/SOHO Coronagraph
Moscow Neutron Monitor
Spaceweather
Anzwers Atlas of the Universe

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