Thanks, Patrick. What a way to start a new year and cycle. We might ask, “What WON’T be changing?”
30th December 2013
The sun has fully “flipped upside down”, with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said.
Now, the magnetic fields have once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.
“A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.
“The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ‘heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto.
Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.”
To mark the event, Nasa has released a visualisation of the entire process.
November 8, 2013 – SPACE– Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler. Astronomers are puzzled over the asteroid’s unusual appearance. “We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it,” said lead investigator David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles. “Even more amazing, its tail structures change dramatically in just 13 days as it belches out dust. That also caught us by surprise. It’s hard to believe we’re looking at an asteroid.” Jewitt leads a team whose research paper appears online in the Nov. 7 issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters. P/2013 P5 has been ejecting dust…
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Just added…Part 2 of Comet ISON Interview about Electrical Phenomenon & Worldwide Power Disruptions, Nov-Dec 2013.
…We saw what ISON did to Mars when it passed. It caused the entire planet to glow with plasma. Electrically charged particles even discharged from Mars and shot into space. Is it possible that if our Earth gets charged from ISON we could suddenly find ourselves on parts of our globe without power…(David Stig Hansen [VIDEOS]…LINK
August 24, 2013 … my weekly radio show is now posted … i cover three topics including how sun diving comets cause solar flares and the total misinformation being pawned off on the public regarding the comet that caused a massive CME the other day … note that NASA and the boys also control many nut case youtube video outlets that make the whole topic “end of the worldish” which of course turns people off to the real subject at hand … so listen and learn … i also discuss the recent articles where scientists finally admit that they have no clue what causes lightning so they are looking to cosmic rays (high energy protons from distant outer solar system space) … anything but the reality … the denial is screaming louder and louder every day … additionally NASA has predicted a possible power outage due to the upcoming flare…
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BIG ASTEROID FLYBY: Large near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis is flying past Earth this week. At closest approach on Dec. 12th, it will be 7 million km away, or 18 times farther than the Moon. Astronomers are taking advantage of the flyby to learn more about the asteroid’s orbit, shape, and topography. Here are a few shadowy images of the asteroid illuminated by NASA’s Goldstone radar in the Mojave desert:
Read full report and list of nearby asteroids via Space Weather
Video: NOAA scientists on high alert for 2013 solar maximum
John Thomas Didymus
NOAA scientists are on high alert as the Sun enters a period of solar maximum over the next 14 months during which we will see a burst of activity that could have catastrophic effects on global power grids and communications systems.
A solar maximum is a normal period of intense or heightened solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the Sun. During a solar maximum, large numbers of sunspots appear and the Sun’s power output increases with a significant upsurge in the incidence and power of solar flares. One of the best known examples of a major solar flare that affected communications system was the solar storm of 1859, known as theCarrington Event, a major solar eruption that struck the Earth with such intensity that the northern lights could be seen as far south as Rome, approximately 42° north of the equator.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists say they are on high alert for massiveelectromagnetic energy bursts from the Sun during the 2013 solar maximum that could inflict damage on power grids and communications systems.
According to scientists, if the Earth is hit by a major solar flare during the solar maximum it could result in widespread power outage, ground air traffic, disable military and civilian satellite communications.
The Blaze reports that Tom Bogdan, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, says the agency is monitoring the situation as closely as possible. He said: “We now know how powerful space weather can be and how events that begin on the surface of the Sun can end up wreaking havoc here on Earth. This is why NOAA has a Space Weather Prediction Center — to forecast when space weather is coming our way, so we can avoid or mitigate damages.”
According to The Blaze, a 2008 study estimated the cost of damage due to a direct hit by a solar flare at $1-2 trillion, compared to Hurricane Katrina that cost $125 billion. The massive cost arises from the fact that in the early 21st century, our daily lives are closely tied to the continued function of power and satellite systems. According to Dr Michio Kaku, a member of the American Physical Society (APS), “Solar flares are like bullets fired into space, so far we’ve dodged the bullets.”
Scientists point to “The Carrington Event,” named after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who observed it. The Carrington Event was a major solar flare that hit the Earth in 1859, shortly after the Sun reached solar maximum at a time in which the telegraph provided the only advanced global communication system. According NOAA, the surge of geomagnetic storm that hit the Earth after the solar eruption disrupted telegraph systems worldwide. The flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) that sent out charged particles which reached the atmosphere only 18 hours after the ejection.
According to physicist John Millis, in the event of a major solar flare that hits the Earth directly during the 2013 solar maximum, the sudden flux in charged particles would have an adverse effect on our electrical systems, including the entire grid system. According to Millis, the effect of a major solar flare could be devastating and it could take months to repair. That could result in a power outage lasting several months.
Dr Kaku warned that there is need to prepare for a major solar flare that could hit global communication and power systems. According to APS experts, an investment of $300 million is sufficient to insulate the US power infrastructure and protect it from the effect of a major flare. The Blaze reports that last year, a group of physicists from the APS spoke to the Congress, proposing measures to insulate the US power grid, but their proposal was rejected.
Some of the scientists even speculated that a large solar hit could lead to societal breakdown. Food and medicine in short supply could lead to food riots within days of an outage.
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