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Solar Flare effects to hit Earth today

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pyrdek, Feb 17, 2011.

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NW PA
    The effects of a large solar flare that erupted a day or so ago are expected to hit Earth today, most likely in the mid-afternoon to evening. The flare's radiation hit Earth about 8 minutes after the flare took place but the Corneal Mass Ejection (CME) consisting of charged particles are expected to hit today. Aurora activity may be visible much farther south than is normal.

    There are also possible effects on communications, power grids and such. I don't know if it is cause or coincidence but a little while back this morning there was a fair size power failure in our area. As of a few minutes ago, according to the news media, no cause for the blackout has been determined. Maybe it was a flare, maybe it was a raccoon. I don't know.

    I have put up a couple of links for a bit more info.

    Link 1

    Link 2
  2. Gun Dog

    Gun Dog TS Member

    May 26, 2009
    Thanks for the links. I enjoyed them both. I'm an Electric Utility Superintendent who loves astronomy (and Shooting) so they were a good fit.
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