Solar Wind Loses Power, Hits 50-year Low

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MacSA, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/23sep_solarwind.htm

     
  2. Counterfit macrumors G3

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  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    :D
     
  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The solar wind came rolling in from across the sea.
     
  5. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe the Sun has switched to a more healthy diet and doesn't need to worry about flatulence as much any more.
     
  6. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if the politicians doesn't decide over global warming lets dim down the Sun a little then.
     
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Quick, someone wiggle the Moon! The Sun is starting to Hibernate.
     
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    So it is slowing down!

    For just about the past year, my SOHO widgets for wind speed and dynamic pressure always read near flat-line - I thought that they had broken. Or that the sights supplying the data feeds had gown down or moved.

    I feel better now. :eek:
     
  9. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    FINALLY: some environmental change we didn't cause, so don't need to feel guilty about.

    Now, those pesky solar winds will no longer interfere with my plan to burn a hole through the moon with 50,000 laser levels.

    Mwo-hah-hah-haaa!

    (Not a Death Ray, or an Ice Beam, that's so Johnny Snow..)
     
  10. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    So.......

    What does this mean?

    Are we screwed?

    Should we all go max out our credit cards?

    Or is this just a random fact?
     
  11. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I find it really difficult to draw any kind of conclusions from this.

    The sun has been burning for how many billions of years? And is expected to continue burning for another how many billions of years?

    And here we're worried, and drawing conclusions, about some fluctuations over a period of less than 50 years... That's a tiny tiny blip in the grand scheme of things.
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Maybe the time-table has been bumped-up?? :eek:
     
  13. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Maybe the Ottawa Sun will go that soon, but luckily the more important glowy sky brighten-upperer thingy should last longer. :D

    Fortunately, that's too far away to start a "waiting for..." thread.
     

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