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NASA Video: Massive Solar Flare. May 1, 2013

Massive Circular Coronal Mass Ejection, May 1, 2013 Approximate size of Earth shown at top of image w/ blurry caption. Extremely hard to imagine the scale & scope of this. This is directly from NASA's Internet site: http://www.NASA.gov

A coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from just around the edge of the sun on May 1, 2013, in a gigantic rolling wave. CMEs can shoot over a billion tons of particles into space at over a million miles per hour. This CME occurred on the sun’s limb and is not headed toward Earth. The video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), covers about two and a half hours.

Credit: NASA take by their Solar Dynamics Observator (SDO). [So they say.]

[Captured over a 2.5-hour stretch yesterday according to Newser: http://www.newser.com/story/167282/watch-a-solar-wave-burst-... ]


http://youtu.be/OTIoRGA5GME Here is another from last year. Half minute newsreel.

Update from/for HAM Radio Operators:
Latest Solar News and Updates

M1 Flare + Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) / Solar Update 05/02/2013 by Kevin VE3EN at 08:50 UTC
Solar activity is now... moderate... Solar Flare around Sunspot 1731 in the northern hemisphere... Stunning 3 hour aurora light show this morning.

SUMMARY: 10cm Radio Burst
Begin Time: 2013 May 02 0502 UTC
Maximum Time: 2013 May 02 0505 UTC
End Time: 2013 May 02 0505 UTC
Duration: 3 minutes
Peak Flux: 240 sfu

ALERT: Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2013 May 02 0506 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 703 km/sec
Description: Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the sun and typically indicate a coronal mass ejection is associated with a flare event.

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GPS disruptions

https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/noticesAction.do?query...

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."

when you look at the burning

when you look at the burning sun and realize it is finite, and must burn out in its due course, you realize how relative time is. separated from conscious perception, time seems to have no objective quality. what is just a bright flash that blinks out in fast forward is what we call billions of years in human terms. but without our slow motion conscious perception, geared to our own lifespan, who is to say what a long time and a short time is. what is a billion years for our consciousness could just be a long strung out snapshot or moment. what seems like a blink of the eye to our consciousness could be a condensed, abbreviated eternity for a super slowly unfolding process that had consciousness. or even outside of consciousness altogether, what is time? there may be a regular succession of events, but time is relative to the perception of the observer. its scary how subjective are the things we take as objective because they are inherent to our conscious perception which we cannot go outside of. the million little instant processes we don't observe because they don't concern us and are too quick for our stream of consciousness, we are aware of. but something with a longer span and tempo of consciousness would miss years as instants the way we do with milliseconds. worm, know thyself!

Our insignificance in the

Our insignificance in the grand scheme of the universe is strangely comforting.

I might lose my sight some day, my limbs, even my mind, but the sun will still blaze for billions of years and even when that goes out, a thousand new flames would have lit up the blackness of the void in its place.

Hey thanks, MT!

wow!

just wow! thanks for posting.

Nature/Science is just incredible

For all the things we worry about, it's beyond insane to think that we're living on a spinning circle in a seemingly infinite universe. My goodness it makes me think I should start reading more of this type of stuff (e.g. astronomy). I might appreciate it more these days.

As an aside, does anyone out there get a less enthusiastic about scientific discoveries because you no longer only think about the wondrous things it might do for humanity but also of how evil types out there will attempt to use it to exploit others?

Great points

When I get bummed about all the things us DailyPaulers are always getting bummed about (and there's a lot !) I often stop and look at the earth rise photos from Apollo 8. All of our problems fit on that one sphere in the colossal blackness of space. Mind boggling. The Fed will be ended when our little planet is cast out into deep space during the Andromeda and Milky Galaxy collision. That is a certainty.

In Iceland

the Auroras looked like a wavy green velvet theater curtain with multicolored tassels along the bottom edge. Similar to the pic above.

I hope this will melt my MAY snow!

dang...still snowing.

you know what they say: "April snow brings May snow"

We spiral around that thing as it flies through space...

My mind just had...

(•_•)

( •_•)>⌐■-■

(⌐■_■)

...a cranial mass ejection.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

yo this is fake msm

yo this is fake msm propaganda. nasa photoshop to scare the ppl and distract us... how u gna take a picture of the sun its so bright and far away... wake up people!

I guess the solar flare

knocked out a few sarcasm detectors!

A signature used to be here!

Are you actually serious right now

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You from central pa?

just wondering. i've seen Menckensghost on pennlive a lot.

how is this scary?

Why are you scared? its a freak-en awesome solar flair. was that sarcasm making fun of conspiracy theorists? never can know on this site...

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There are satellites orbiting the Sun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_TErrestrial_RElations_Ob...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_and_Heliospheric_Observa...

Do you think space based telescopes are fake? Is the Hubble Deep field also fake in your opinion?

They're gonna getcha, they're

They're gonna getcha, they're ALL out to getcha...

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Potential effects?

Any estimate on the potential effects if it had been in our direction? How much damage, if any, would a flare that size have caused us?

Is this why my AM radio

Is this why my AM radio reception has sucked for the past 2 days?

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Yes. Sun's 'Spring Fling' Knocks Out Radio Communications.

Stunning images from another solar flare earlier this month. It was a powerful solar flare... its 'spring fling' knocked out radio communications. Flare caused temporary radio blackout on Earth... Flares expected to increase as sun moves towards its solar maximum later this year

CMEs can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models show that the CME began at 3:36 a.m. EDT on April 11, leaving the sun at over 600 miles per second. The M-class solar flare was about 10 times weaker than X-class flares, which are the strongest flares the sun unleashes.
M-class solar flares are the weakest solar events that can still trigger space weather effects near Earth, such as communications interruptions or spectacular northern lights displays.

... a short-lived radio communications blackout on Earth... registered as an R2 event (on a scale of R1 to R5), according to space weather scales.

When aimed directly at Earth, major solar flares and coronal mass ejections can pose a threat to astronauts and satellites in orbit.
They can interfere with GPS navigation and communications satellite signals in space, as well as impair power systems infrastructure on Earth.

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The Destroyer

approaches. Get ready.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

These things are DANGEROUS!!!

These things are DANGEROUS!!! Need to start a petition to have Congress ban Solar flares ASAP!!!

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Back in 2011

and a little bit last year, I kept hearing/reading about how a solar flare in early 2013 was going to knock out all communications on Earth, that there would be food riots and widespread chaos...basically a repackaging of the Y2K scenario.

Doesn't seem like too many people fell for it this time, at least.

Our galaxy is interesting enough on its own without people attaching a million and one doomsday scenarios to it.

A signature used to be here!

just look up the Carrington Event....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

an earth directed super CME of half that size would wipe out the global power and communication grids within minutes of hitting earth.

trying to predict one is almost beyond hope though... but we should be preparing for such an event.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

Yeah, I recall reading about that

sometime last year. I read that one happened during the Middle Ages as well, and that had it happened in modern times, we'd basically be screwed.

There have also been a few large NEOs that have gotten uncomfortably close as well.

A signature used to be here!

Wow

Isn't the universe just amazing?

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Mother Natures Power Trumps Man-on-Man Tragedy

I feel calm and at aw when viewing this.
Helps me forget whatever problem I've blown up to size of a cow.

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Yowsers! Look at the size of it!

Good thing it's not pointed our way...

Undo what Wilson did

Wouldn't matter if it was

That's just a normal flare. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leY7OQjFumM&list=UUTiL1q9YbrV...

This guy does daily updates on the suns activity and its effects on earth.

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