Last night the rating of the solar storm was “severe” according to spaceweather.com
Kp 8 is the strongest I’ve seen, unless it was 9 earlier this year for a storm I missed. The northern lights were to the south and east of Regina, which was good because I don’t have a clear view to the north.
Without digital zoom, the Sun is this big in my 12X zoom camera:
Humankind grew a tiny bit today; while we were making large mammal lifeforms go extinct, we were also landing on a comet.
Things didn’t go smoothly, but they worked out.
And Australian conservatives may just destroy Earth. What we don’t know, could demolish us faster than anything else. In the space age, it’s really flabbergasting that we’re not doing everything technologically possible to watch for NEOs.
Could a responsible country like South Africa, or New Zealand pick up the slack please?
The ability to photograph light from a planet around a distant star is not something that was scientifically possible in the 1990s and last decade, so far as I’m aware. This year has really been remarkable, as the announcement of hundreds of newly discovered planets was also made.
Walked around Balboa Park. Gave a 50 cent coin to a magician, maybe he’ll use it in his act in the future. Got lost, found my wag son after crossing a bridge. Saw another Apollo command module, this was 9 Gumdrop.
Woke at 5am to some man yelling help a few blocks away. Police were on scene, hopefully he wanted their help.
Ate supper at Guadalajara restaurant in Old Town, before returning to Mission Beach.
I hope our electrical grids are prepared, as there is a risk of overloading from an event like this.
-The Sun Wednesday afternoon, from Regina. Canon S5IS on tripod with welding filter held in place to sufficiently darken the Sun for the camera’s sensor. 48X digital magnification.
This ongoing radiation storm ranks S2 on NOAA storm scales. It is rich in “hard” protons with more than 100 MeV of energy, which accounts for the snowiness of the SOHO coronagraph images. According to NOAA, “passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft at high latitudes may be exposed to elevated radiation risk” during such a storm.
The source of all this activity is AR1944, one of the biggest sunspots of the past decade. The sprawling active region is more than 200,000 km wide and contains dozens of dark cores. Its primary core, all by itself, is large enough to swallow Earth three times over.
Watch for aurora over the next few nights, they could be the best ever seen.
Tragic fire from space.
Check out Mars in great detail.
Human life may have originated on Mars?
More link dumping:
–Teach your kid how to share.
An excellent list of free programs, and ones you cannot trust. Opt out of PRISM. Join your friends in a prism-break.
–Send messages encrypted “OTR”.
-Journalism’s slide into working for the man.
-Why Peace is Possible. An actually amazing video about a new way to think of peace. Paul K Chappell is worth learning from.