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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

Soulskill posted 1 year,30 days | from the everybody-duck dept.

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rastos1 writes "Spacecraft from NASA recently observed an eruption on the Sun sending billions of tons of particles toward Earth. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred Tuesday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth over the next few days. Interestingly, an unnamed icy comet from the outer solar system dove into the sun and disintegrated nearly a the same time (video)."

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NBD, it seems (5, Insightful)

AndyAndyAndyAndy (967043) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654423)

"These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground," NASA officials explained in a statement. [Solar Max Photos: Sun Storms of 2013]

Wednesday's solar storm erupted just 21 hours after another powerful coronal mass ejection (NASA calls them CMEs) on Tuesday (Aug. 20). That solar tempest also sent billions of tons of solar particles on their way to Earth.

So maybe if you have satellite TV you'll see a few spotty moments, but nothing to worry about.

Re:NBD, it seems (5, Interesting)

epiphani (254981) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654523)

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

This wasn't even an M-class flare, and the CME is only expected to push planetary Kp to 4. As in this doesn't even register as a geomagnetic storm. See this page for an explanation of Kp [noaa.gov] and you can also see this page [noaa.gov] for the predicted impact.

Somehow some idiot picked up on this, and this news is making the rounds. I've seen a lot of people confused by the coverage - this is a bloody whisper in the solar flare world.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44654745)

Not to mention that the GI@UAF [alaska.edu] is showing decreased activity through the rest of the month. The peak in any Earth bound activity was yesterday.
 
As usual, Slashdot is a day late and a dollar short.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655377)

The coincidental timing of the comet is pretty cool.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

MickLinux (579158) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656045)

Could we come off yhe coincidental ti@ing bit, already? How many times do we need to see this "coincidence", of a comet diving into the sun, followed by an instaneous CME, to at least calculate the probability of CMEs being caused by comets vs not caused by comets?

Then, armed with that info, to posit that the hydrogen gas, being ionized, or perhaps the rotational momentum, or perhaps another conservation law, requires this, and deduce the mechanism?

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656385)

How many times do we need to see this "coincidence", of a comet diving into the sun, followed by an instaneous CME, to at least calculate the probability of CMEs being caused by comets vs not caused by comets?

If you watch the video, you'll see that the CME happens well before the comet hits the sun.

Re:NBD, it seems (3, Funny)

Al Al Cool J (234559) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656833)

The CME was the Sun's defense mechanism when it saw the comet coming right at it. It ejected in self-defense.

Re:NBD, it seems (4, Interesting)

Ghjnut (1843450) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655397)

It's good to see stuff like this hit the front page. It helps space out the onslaught of disappointing stories slashdot breaks regarding the incompetence/malice of leadership in this country. Seeing a cruising ice comet hit the sun with a CME following is pretty damn cool too.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655545)

... I've seen a lot of people confused by the coverage - this is a bloody whisper in the solar flare world.

You really take all the fun out of scaring dumbasses, you know it?

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

freeze128 (544774) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655651)

What concerns me is that this was learned about on Tuesday, and it's just getting any kind of media traction today on FRIDAY. If this were a serious event, that wouldn't be enough time to do much. This has been a test of NASA's emergency broadcast system.... And it has failed miserably. If this had been an actual emergency, we would all be dead by now.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656399)

If this had been an actual emergency, we would all be dead by now.

If this type of event was big enough to kill you, it wouldn't matter how much advance warning you had.

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

Hatta (162192) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655701)

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

If it's likely to cause aurora in locations that don't usually get aurora, it's definitely news.

Re:NBD, it seems (2)

epiphani (254981) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655861)

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

If it's likely to cause aurora in locations that don't usually get aurora, it's definitely news.

No. No it's not. On both your points. No.

Re:NBD, it seems (4, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655923)

NOAA tells me that the auroral oval [noaa.gov] extends as far south as my home state of Nebraska, which is rare. That's not national news, but it's certainly local news.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

uberjack (1311219) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655811)

This wasn't even an M-class flare, ...

Maybe not, but it is approaching a class-M planet.

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656063)

A comet hitting the sun is pretty awesome, I don't care how often it happens.

It's breathtaking to watch and beats 99.9% of "real news" any day.

I wish we had more mainstream news like this. It might cause people reflect more on all the petty crap that gets them down. "Wah, I lost my keys...wait, at least I didn't get smoked by a frickin' ice comet!"

Re:NBD, it seems (2, Interesting)

stevegee58 (1179505) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654735)

Yes, but it provides a distraction for the public from the collapsing economy and rampant domestic NSA surveillance.

Re:NBD, it seems (0)

bobbied (2522392) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654917)

Yes, but it provides a distraction for the public from the collapsing economy and rampant domestic NSA surveillance.

[Cheek = Insert Tongue]

WHAT?

NSA is watching me? Oh the Horror!

[/Cheek = Insert Tongue]

I think you have a point...

Re:NBD, it seems (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44654923)

The problem with being a one-subject commenter is that eventually people get bored of your subject. I'm not sure about everyone (especially uncertain about you), but some of us have this thing called 'memory' and the mental capacity to be aware of something, but also analyze and respond to other events.

Re:NBD, it seems (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654963)

Chill dude. Stop get off the news channels for a bit. Go out get a job, volunteer.
Bitching on the internet, and trying to twist every new article into being relevant to your particular we are doomed senserio. Isn't going to help anyone, and it just makes you feel bad.

If the worlds going to end. Might as well go out and enjoy yourself.

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654769)

Also, you may be able to see the aurora much closer to the equator than normal, which is kinda nifty.

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654815)

So, no marshmellows to put out on this flare?

Re:NBD, it seems (2)

jamessnell (857336) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655167)

Tell that to the telegraph operators with burned hands from a big CME back in the 1800s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 [wikipedia.org]

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656111)

Tell that to the telegraph operators with burned hands from a big CME back in the 1800s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 [wikipedia.org]

Or, more recently the residents of Quebec, Canada, in 1989 [wikipedia.org] where the power grid was disrupted due magnetic induction caused by the solar storm (the store interacts with Earth's magnetic field, the varying magnetic field then induces currents into the long transmission lines).

Given today's society is even MORE dependent on the power grid and even MORE dependent on satellites, they are of somewhat more worry. Heck, the east coast blackout of 2003 was fairly disruptive. Now imagine what fun to be had when GPS goes down (which can take out seemingly unrelated things like cellphones, since GPS is used for precise timing purposes)

While not quite a superstorm, it's still something to monitor.

Re:NBD, it seems (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656655)

I might actually care if this was a couple of orders of magnitude closer in power to that one. For me all this means is that if the sky stays clear I might be able to drive out a ways into the country and show my oldest the aurora since that might be a big deal for him at age 5. The biggest issue is the amount of light pollution in my area.

Translation please! (1, Redundant)

Black Parrot (19622) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654437)

sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h).

Could you give that in manhattans^(1/2) per dog year, too?

Re:Translation please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44654575)

does stating it as .11c salve your elitist soul?

Re:Translation please! (3, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654731)

Putting it in terms relative to the speed of light does help a lot. It won't make a huge difference to most casual readers, but anyone who knows that the Earth is roughly 8 lightminutes away from the sun (fairly common knowledge) can easily use the .11c to figure out exactly how fast it is in a meaningful way. Using mph/kph isn't meaningful to most readers because it's on such a different scale from anything else we'd normally measure in mph/kph.

Re:Translation please! (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654959)

380 miles per second

.11c

Uh... no.

Re:Translation please! (1)

Tynin (634655) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656197)

380 miles per second

.11c

Uh... no.

.11c would be ~20491 miles per second, quite the difference indeed.

Re:Translation please! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655681)

Actually yes, that's much more useful, thanks.

Re:Translation please! (4, Funny)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654637)

Could you give that in manhattans^(1/2) per dog year, too?

On a scale of one to tipsy, I'd say it's right between ocelot feathers and 7!.

manhattans^(1/2) per dog year (2)

barlevg (2111272) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654671)

294,585,994 [google.com]

Re:Translation please! (1)

jellomizer (103300) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655099)

Well for the most of us, Miles per second doesn't really relate to our frame of reference.
1 Mile per second is really fast for us. Heck a Mile per Minute is usually what we consider driving rather fast.
We don't think of speed in Miles per second, but Miles per Hours or Kilometers per hour.

So converting to Miles per Hour and Kilometers per hour when they talk about speed, is there to help the general public get a good sense of the speed in terms they normally deal with.

It also gives us a better understanding of the vastness of space. The fact that the Sun is still 5 days away at 1.3 million miles per hour. Puts things into perspective better than 380 miles per second.

Check out the video though ! (4, Interesting)

ACK!! (10229) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654555)

The whole icy comet diving into the sun and the bad ass far-side Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is worth the 1:20 of your time. Very cool. Watching it happen is like watching something out of an old video game very interesting. Science can be quite a wild thing at times.

Re:Check out the video though ! (1)

jrumney (197329) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655235)

Even cooler is the fact that it was posted by a time traveller.

Published on 19 Aug 2013

During the late hours of August 20th, an unnamed icy comet...

Re:Check out the video though ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656429)

Even cooler is the fact that it was posted by a time traveller.

Published on 19 Aug 2013

During the late hours of August 20th, an unnamed icy comet...

Time zones, how do they work? [quickmeme.com]

Re:Check out the video though ! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655247)

It's called a sun dive [laserstars.org] . Sun ... Dive. It's very simple to understand. What do you expect if you steal Hotblack Desiato's stunt ship?''

Re:Check out the video though ! (2)

pr0t0 (216378) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655789)

The comet looks massive! It's hard to get a sense of it's scale given the sun's corona and the comet's corona, but that thing looks like a planetoid streaking in there. Is there any news on how big that was?

Re:Check out the video though ! (1)

Raenex (947668) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656741)

Is there any news on how big that was?

If only there was a search engine to find out such answers. Alas, I guess we'll never know.

Re:Check out the video though ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656945)

The size of the dust/gas plume from a comet *is* huge (they can be hundreds of thousands to about a hundred million km long), but extraordinarily diffuse (many thousands of times more diffuse than cigarette smoke). The coma is the inner part, and the tail is the part blown back by the solar wind. The comet nucleus (the actual hard part that is vaporizing and shedding all the gas and dust) is typically tens of km in size, and therefore very small by comparison. A few really big comets get up into the 100km range. So, most of what you're seeing is coma and tail puffed out from the nucleus.

Re:Check out the video though ! (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656109)

But why do they need an awful soundtrack ? What is wrong with silence ?

Simultaneity problem with that comet (3, Funny)

Derec01 (1668942) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654653)

The sun is vast, and that outward pulse appears to happen almost simultaneous with the impact of the comet.

Which means I very much doubt it's related, as an effect would still have to have traveled at least some major fraction of the Sun's radius and back before the event would have been triggered.

Granted, I suppose the comet could have been traveling away from us, and since the signal of the blast is traveling *toward* us, it basically pulled a Picard Maneuver [memory-alpha.org] and partially overtook the comet light.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (2)

DeathToBill (601486) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654681)

But what if the sun-dwellers saw the comet coming?

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

lightknight (213164) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654859)

Hmm. Solar eruptions due to things dropping into the sun...

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

Derec01 (1668942) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654939)

Sure, simultaneity is far from the only or strongest reason that's silly. But it is the one written as "Oh, isn't it interesting that..." in the summary. I don't like *wink-nudge* suggestions like that in scientific summaries. Just say it's unrelated.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655343)

But it is the one written as "Oh, isn't it interesting that..." in the summary. I don't like *wink-nudge* suggestions like that in scientific summaries. Just say it's unrelated.

Except, can we conclusively say it's unrelated??

Certainly the two events were correlated -- if the CME happened at pretty much the same time as the comet impact, it's definitely interesting to note that.

I mean, what are the odds that at mostly the same time you're seeing the one event, the other has just happened? In all likelihood the comet didn't have enough mass to have any affect on the sun, but it's definitely not obvious why the two events should happen so closely together.

If I crash my car into a lamp post, and at that same time the building next to me explodes ... it's hard not to think "WTF happened here?". You wouldn't expect my impact with the lamp post to have enough energy or connection to the exploding building but you'd certainly notice it.

So, either this is a really freak occurrence where two interesting but totally unrelated things happened at the same time (and I have no reason to believe it isn't) .. or something really fascinating was at work that nobody has a clue about.

Of course, it's a completely un-testable thing since we can't just crash comets into the sun on demand ... but I would definitely agree with wording at as "Interestingly", if for nothing else than the sheer coincidence of the timing when you're talking about things on an astronomical scale.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655675)

The electric universe people have been saying comets are not what we think they are for awhile now.
http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/latest-tblog/

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

joe_frisch (1366229) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655717)

Any idea of the relative kinetic energy of the comet and the mass ejection? Solar impacting objects are moving quite fast, and the corona is rather diffuse, still I would expect the CME to represent a lot more energy, with no clear mechanism for triggering by the comet impact.

There is enough time for electromagnetic signals to transmit the information across the sun. The comet presumably looks like a clump of fast moving plasma by the time it hits.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

gr8_phk (621180) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656075)

Since CMEs occur as a result of an abrupt change in the suns magnetic field (lines snapping to a new location) it does not seem implausible that a foreign object entering the outer reaches of some magnetic field loops should cause such a shift prior to impact. The even on the opposite side seems odd to me though. Ultimately we need to have a history of such impacts with mapping of the magnetic field in order to decide if the CME was triggered by the comet or not. Just more impacts without CMEs don't rule it out depending on the suns magnetic field in the area. Of course it could be random chance too.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656831)

It sounds like work is already being done [newscientist.com] on this.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

mdielmann (514750) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656101)

Of course, it's a completely un-testable thing since we can't just crash comets into the sun on demand ... but I would definitely agree with wording at as "Interestingly", if for nothing else than the sheer coincidence of the timing when you're talking about things on an astronomical scale.

Of course it's testable. Here it is. Wait and observe until a few more large bodies hit the sun. Observe results. Done. Isn't this how most astronomy and astrophysics research is done?

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (2)

mdielmann (514750) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656183)

I don't normally reply to myself, but I watched the video, and other linked videos. Here's one [youtube.com] from October 2011. Looks like this one wasn't entirely inconsistent with past behaviour.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656363)

If you watch the video, you can see that the CME happens before the comet hits, and actually vaporizes the comet on the way out.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

adolf (21054) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656419)

If you watch the video, you can see that the CME happens before the comet hits, and actually vaporizes the comet on the way out.

Indeed. I conclude from this that the sun was merely defending itself against an invasion.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656693)

"Except, can we conclusively say it's unrelated??"

No, but police investigating a car accident don't typically focus their attention on the mosquito that happened to hit the car windshield moments before the car went off the road. Scale matters.

Then there's the observation that hundreds upon hundreds of comets have been observed impacting the sun or vaporizing in its close proximity over the years, and the vast majority do not have CMEs associated with them. If there was a significant correlation, it would have been noticed a long time ago with some statistics.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655023)

Who's saying the events are causally connected?

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

thaylin (555395) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655063)

IF you watch the eary videos it shows a mass ejecting from both sides. Now if you consider that the comet is traveling VERY FAST, and that most transfers like this does not require the item to actually travel, just the atoms to shift.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655207)

The article doesn't seem to imply they are related anyway, but nonetheless... The comet did not get anywhere near close to the solar surface, and the source region for the CME was on the other side of the Sun. Furthermore, there's no physical process we know of that could cause a CME to be initiated by a comet. (Solar flares are perhaps a different story, but they're not the same as CMEs.) The comet-CME thing has been discussed a few times now: http://www.isoncampaign.org/karl/sungrazers-and-cmes

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

Zorpheus (857617) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655221)

This seems to be a time lapse video, and it is not clear how much it is sped up.

Re:Simultaneity problem with that comet (1)

angelbar (1823238) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656069)

What Picar Maneuver?, it adjust its jacket? *hides behind screen*

One word (5, Funny)

RivenAleem (1590553) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654685)

*Burp*

Re:One word (1)

Lithdren (605362) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656969)

Hahaha the sun burped at us!

Wait...wait if the comet hit one side of the sun...and the CME came from th...the oth..

Oh god...

A giant solar is flare heading this way?? OK. (0)

Picass0 (147474) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654699)

Re:A giant solar is flare heading this way?? OK. (1)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655103)

How big is this flare? Can it be measured in terms of Star Trek movies?

Re:A giant solar is flare heading this way?? OK. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655847)

How big is this flare? Can it be measured in terms of Star Trek movies?

About 1.3 J.J. Abrams lens flares - so yeah it's huge!

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Re:Meanwhile The Fucktarded Shitdot Sheeple Fags a (1)

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Re:Woot! I pissed off the fucktarded shitdot sheep (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655707)

You really should get out more, get some exercise, drink some beers, whatever. Trolling slashdot is just so...futile. Nobody cares. And it sounds like it's not doing you any good really (you sound angry, lots of stress hormones, bad for you physically and mentally).

Why am I bothering to reply? I'm only typing this to fill in a few seconds before I leave work and go for a nice long walk to get my appetite up, followed by a few big drinks and some good food. Bye.

Spell Check (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44654763)

" dove into the sun and disintegrated nearly a the same time (video)."

AT the same time

Re:Spell Check (1)

bobbied (2522392) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655005)

Know misspelled words their so I-Spell will knot catch thee problem.. What Eu halve is eh grammar is shew.

I guess .... (4, Funny)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654849)

... Ballmer got the message.

In other news... (1)

Narcocide (102829) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654875)

My wireless just died.

obvious (3, Informative)

slashmydots (2189826) | 1 year,30 days | (#44654933)

The timing is just too perfect. This is obviously an alien missile testing our resistance to EM radiation and charged particles and stuff.

Coincidence, I Think NOT! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44654943)

An icy comet stabs the Sun.

A huge coronal mass ejection heads towards Earth.

Microsoft stock soars.

Only now do I realize that the stock market is tied to ass-troll-logical events.

Giving plot to real life (1)

gmuslera (3436) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655007)

Somewhat the sun was hit by an "unnamed" comet, and then the Sun is sending an eruption right into our direction, as it was a connection between those events. Is not uncommon [accuweather.com] that the sun is hit by comets. Unless this one had a core of exotic matter or was a disguised photon torpedo should be no relation between those events..

That was no comet (3, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655013)

That was a Disaster Area stunt ship.

time to make tinfoil hats (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655021)

SHIT my local grocery store is sold out of tin foil. Seems everyone beat me to it :-(

aurora (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655121)

Living practically on the polar circle, I look forward to some more good aurora (as I saw some good ones last night)

Rasputin knew it (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655125)

Didn't you get the memo? It's the end of the world [pravda.ru] .

When the sun burst out, never again will grow any bushes on the hills of Volga.

Grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655325)

"Dove" is a bird that represents peace. "Dived" is the past tense of the verb "to dive". LEARN IT!

Re:Grammar (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655521)

Looks like we found a grammar nazi with a limited vocabulary. "Dove" (rhymes with "trove") is a perfectly acceptable (and commonly used) past tense of "dive".

Re:Grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656123)

This is recent, as in, mid-80's recent. Just because it's fashionable, doesn't make it correct. http://grammarist.com/usage/dove-dived/ [grammarist.com]

Goo (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655333)

Yawn. Wake me when a giant asteroid is about to hit us.

Ya know what? Not even then.

storm hasn't reached us yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655509)

i think this is the kind of solar storm that can disrupt shortwave radio, right? or am i thinking about solar flares or sun spots?

so i was listening to the shortwave radio. band conditions / reception was wost than last week. i thought the solar storm had reached us because I could hardly hear anyone below 8 MHz on SSB. AM broadcast stations are kinda strong, but they fade in and out. Haven't heard much above 8 MHz either, not even WWV on 10 MHz.

Oh, I've wasted my life. (0)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655535)

At least the trolling will end...

One of my favorites (4, Funny)

jratcliffe (208809) | 1 year,30 days | (#44655729)

Astrophysicist walks into a bar, orders a Mexican beer. Bartender yells, "OK, that's it, everybody out NOW!!!" As they're all leaving, another customer asks the astrophysicist, "what the heck is going on?" Astrophysicist replies "Coronal Mass Ejection."

In other news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44655899)

In other news, its Friday!

Frist stOp (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656143)

PUsenet post5. [goat.cx]

Had a good laugh this morning (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656261)

I joked a few months ago that I really wanted to see ISON hit a CME and see what happens. I got the next best thing, and the results are in: nothing really happens.

Solar observing from home (5, Interesting)

umafuckit (2980809) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656263)

For those who are interested, it's possible to get the feeds from the orbital solar observatories and make your own movies of the Sun in action. A nice piece of software to automate this is jhelioviewer: http://jhelioviewer.org/ [jhelioviewer.org] You can even purchase a small solar telescope that will allow you to view the sun safely at hydrogen alpha wavelengths (at which a lot of features are visible). A popular beginner scope is the Meade PST: http://www.meade.com/product_pages/coronado/scopes/pst.php [meade.com] (Lunt is another good manufacturer). With that you can see solar flares, prominences, sun spots, etc. Prominences are particularly fun because they change visibly over the time-course of minutes; so you can literally see the Sun watch the sun change before your eyes. Here's a link on what's possible to see visually: http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org/resources/solar-observing/observing-the-sun-in-h-alpha/ [prairieastronomyclub.org]

Right back at ya (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656737)

Tell the sun I just unleashed an eruption that is headed its way too

Look at the comet flying into the sun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656771)

Did the sun just get pregnant!?

my star trigger test was successful (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656887)

Looks like my Star Trigger test was successful.

Now I can continue with the rest of the plan. bwahahaha!

Standard warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#44656951)

The next few days will be the hardest, just remember - They are no longer your friends or your family, they are mindless killers now. Always aim for the head and try to conserve ammo.

Good (1)

AndyKron (937105) | 1 year,30 days | (#44656965)

Good. I hope it burns us to a fucking crisp
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