Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pc Today 8/9/11




JUST MISSED A "BIG ONE"

In case you weren't aware,
our sun roared out a massive solar flare Sunday.
NASA caught it on film (pictured here.)

The spectacular blast was ranked as a Class-M flare,
just one spot below the most disruptive type of flare, X.
The flare gave us a "glancing blow",
just missing a direct hit, which reached earth Monday
causing minor disruptions to satellites and power grids.

It could have been much worse,
so thank your lucky stars (especially our sun.)
A direct sun flare hit to our planet
would cause black outs and communications disruptions.
A major solar storm could be disastrous.

The sun is entering a particularly active time, says NASA,
and big flares like this recent one will likely be
more common the next few years.

10 comments:

  1. Now it's live the moment ... just in case ...
    Rick, a kiss.

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  2. wow this is fantastic, what a brilliant set of shots, glad you just missed a direct hit!

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  3. I wasn't aware of that, thank you for posting.

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  4. the picture is beautiful, but what is happening is a little scary.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day Rick.
    oa.s

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  5. Extraordinary shots!!! Our Universe is full of Magic...
    Thank you for sharing this with us Rick

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  6. What unique photos! I knew nothing about this phenomenon.

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  7. Goodness, that's breathtaking, Rick !!

    wish you a wonderful evening !!


    Hugs from -. isabella

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  8. wow ... The pictures are amazing and frightening at the same time!

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  9. Oh my goodness, these shots are amazing!
    Thank you for sharing them Rick!

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