Massive Solar Flare !!

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  1. MacSA macrumors 68000

    MacSA

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    This is very unusual.....

    http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2499.htm

    NOAA ISSUES SPACE WEATHER WARNING; POWERFUL SOLAR FLARE ERUPTS;
    KATRINA COMMUNICATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED


    Sept. 7, 2005 — Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday observed one of the largest solar flares on record at 1:40 p.m. EDT. The forecasters are predicting significant solar eruptions in the coming days. Agencies impacted by space weather storms may experience disruptions over the next two weeks. These include spacecraft operations, electric power systems, high frequency communications and low-frequency navigation systems.

    "This event created a complete blackout of high frequency communications on the daylit side of Earth, which included the entire U.S. and basically anywhere the sun was shinning at this time," said Combs. "Communications used by emergency services along the Gulf Coast may have experienced problems due to this flare. Low frequency navigation systems may also have experienced a period of significant degradation," he added.
     
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    So thaaaat's why i've been feeling so toasty lately.
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Meh. It's when the moon starts flaring that we really have to start worrying.

    Lunar flares. :(
     
  5. clayj macrumors 604

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    No, when that happens you can STOP worrying, because it means the End is here. At that point, all you have to do is bend over, put your head between your knees, and kiss your ass goodbye... ;)
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    YES! that means there might be some visible auroras! [woohoo] thanks for the info!
     
  7. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    And we just had some fairly large solar flares in January (of this year I think).

    Get ready for some proton storms.
     

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