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Sun Produces Strongest Flare Ever Recorded

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the bring-me-a-keiser-helmet dept.

Science 422

idontneedanickname writes "The BBC is reporting about the newest flare unleashed by the sun. According to NASA's SOHO website, "Today word came from the SEC that their best estimate was X28. We have a new number 1 X-ray flare for the record books." As usual there are magnificent images to be admired." This one's not headed straight for us...

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Anyone else think... (5, Funny)

Tenareth (17013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406285)


That Sun Microsystems was coming out with a new line of servers when they read the headline?

First the SunFire line, now the SunFlare line, the STRONGEST EVER!

Re:Anyone else think... (1, Funny)

someme2 (670523) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406371)

And it has X.28... that's even better than X.25.

Re:Anyone else think... (1)

Clover_Kicker (20761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406472)

>And it has X.28... that's even better than X.25.

*Shudder*

That's what I call damning with faint praise.

Re:Anyone else think... (2, Funny)

Budgreen (561093) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406386)

does that include the dual X17 class or the X20+ class processor line?

Re:Anyone else think... (1, Funny)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406510)

Yup. I was about to post something like this but then you did...

Would be a good idea for Sun to follow actually. Great naming scheme, especially given how many flares there have been recently. Easy marketting line: "Sun Flare X35 - the only Sun Flare on Earth!"

Will get them a bit of bad will if a really strong sun flare does end up wasting half the electronics in the world though...

Daniel

That was close! (4, Funny)

jamie (78724) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406289)

Re:That was close! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406326)

YOU FAIL IT !

MOD DOWN ! (-1 overrated) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406491)

Please, mod please : forget the uid, is it *that* funny ?

Forget the flare! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406291)

Someone explain the ending of Matrix Revolutions to me! Neo and Trinity are dead? The Matrix still exists?? WTF???

Re:Forget the flare! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406312)

It's called an unhappy ending. A refreshing anomaly in a major Hollywood movie.

I'm surprised how many people feel somehow cheated by it. I think it's perfect. Most movies have warm-and-fuzzy endings in which everything turns out OK. I fucking hate it.

Re:Forget the flare! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406320)

Grab your weiner and pull?

Re:Forget the flare! (-1, Offtopic)

Ricwot (632038) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406343)

The explanation is that it was the worst film ever made, with no definite end, and no coherent concepts. It just did not fit in with the rest of the films, IMHO they should never have made a sequel to the original matrix, and we'd still be discussing better concepts than the Brothers whose name has become so insignificant I've forgotten it

Okay... (0, Funny)

superdan2k (135614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406293)

...who's trying to hack the Sun?


(Pun so totally intended.)

Where is it headed? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406296)

To the accursed people who post First Post.

OMG (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406298)

We are all doomed!!! Any girl want to deflower a virgin nerd?

Re:OMG (0)

hcetSJ (672210) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406322)

May I point out, you're asking the entirely wrong crowd.

finger in ear (-1, Offtopic)

nitz7978 (712386) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406300)

I was always told never put anything sharper than your elbow in your ear... A new era begins...

Thank God... (-1, Troll)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406305)

cuz I'm running out of naked people to x-ray...

What's with all these flares? (5, Funny)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406309)

My guess would be... TERRORISM.

Re:What's with all these flares? (5, Funny)

Dashing Leech (688077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406350)

Yes, I wish somebody would shed a little light on the subject.

Re:What's with all these flares? (2, Funny)

powerlord (28156) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406417)

Oh, brilliant. They probably want to leave us in the dark.

Re:What's with all these flares? (2, Funny)

deanj (519759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406437)

Sounds like flamebait to me...

Re:What's with all these flares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406468)

Stop that.

is anyone surprised? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406311)

it's not like there doesn't need to be some additional light shed on us.

Other source (5, Informative)

DJ Rubbie (621940) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406314)

Space.com covered [space.com] . it yesterday, with an update today. The bottom of the article has two cool animated gif's that showed the X-ray sensor blinded after the flare, and the subsequent coronal mass that was ejected.

Not cool at all. (-1, Troll)

eddy (18759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406353)

two cool animated gif's

This is slashdot, home of geeks and zealots. There is no such thing as "cool" animated GIFs.

There are cool PNGs and cool MNGs, but no cool GIFs

Re:Not cool at all. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406442)

You're an asshat. There are no zealots here. There are simply advocates. If you're on the OTHER side of the advocacy, then you will perceive the advoactes as zealots. But there are no zealots here.

Re:Other source (5, Funny)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406363)

My favorite line in that article: "A period of relative calm is now expected on the solar surface. But another round is possible."

Reads as: We have no fucking idea what's going on.

Re:Other source (1)

cHiphead (17854) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406599)

I know whats going on. The sun is a node for an intergalactic internet we do not yet know how to harness. Voyager leaving our solar system set off an alien alarm that we have developed deep space capability and the sun is sending the message to our soon-to-be galactic overlords. I for one welcome...ah, whatever. But thats just my guess.

I could be wrong, they could be Vulcans.

You mean YAWN Old News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406516)

Saw it yesterday, felt the earthquakes, surfed the tsunamis and dodged the volcanoes.
No doubt the delay in this news was a public-spirited attempt to avoid the mass panic of people rushing to hide in their basements.

Re:You mean YAWN Old News (1, Funny)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406580)

No doubt the delay in this news was a public-spirited attempt to avoid the mass panic of people rushing to hide in their basements.

This is Slashdot, we ARE in the basements

Please.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406315)

Finish us off already....

Impressive, (3, Insightful)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406333)

Impressive until we realize that we haven't been measuring solar flares for very long.

Were these parsnips CORRECTLY MARINATED in TACO SAUCE? -- WTF is that?

Re:Impressive, (2, Informative)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406362)

Actually, I think we can measure sun's activity over thousands of years based on the barium levels in arctic/antarctic ice.

Re:Impressive, (1)

mungtor (306258) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406416)

Which is about 10 seconds compared to the overall age of both the earth and the sun....

Re:Impressive, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406579)

Yes, but it still doesn't fit with our current model of how the sun works. The sun's little temper tantrum could really change our understanding of stars in general.

Re:Impressive, (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406640)

And history as well. If the sun is acting up frequently and cyclically, then some of the old religious and cultural stories may be explained and verified.

Oh dear (-1, Troll)

JamesD_UK (721413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406341)

The sun god is getting angry, we are obviously not sacrificing enough slashdo virgi^H^H^H^H^Hposters.

Re:Oh dear (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406382)

Aren't virgins and Slashdot posters the same thing...?

Fucking SUVs (5, Funny)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406342)

I'm not one to come out and harp on SUV owners, but with this abnormal solar behavior I think it's clear to see how much impact humans are having on not only our world but even beyond.

Emissions are way up and pollution is at an all time high in many areas. Add to that that the polar ice shelves are rapidly breaking up and falling into the ocean, and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Re:Fucking SUVs (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406373)

Better hope a big volcano doesn't erupt, then. The last few large ones put out more CO2 and other 'pollutants' in one bang than humans have ever put out in the course of their history.

You're snivelling up the wrong tree there.

Re:Fucking SUVs (1)

SmurfButcher Bob (313810) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406427)

Uh, lemme get this straight...

Car Exhaust is causing solar flares?

MOD PARENT FUNNY!

Meanwhile, maybe you should read a little more about Green House Gases [nationalpost.com] ...

Re:Fucking SUVs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406525)

60% troll, 40% funny?

It's frickin' offtopic, that's what it is.

Stupid moderators..

FP!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406344)

Did I get it?!

If I didn't, I'm going to wrap duct-tape around my balls and rip the tape off in one go. I'll post a video on the net.

Re:FP!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Ricwot (632038) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406360)

Please god someone make parent first, just knowing that's on the net will scar me for life

Re:FP!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

BlameFate (564908) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406410)

Never seen this [myg0t.com] then?

NB: TASTE AND DECENCY WARNING - DON"T CLICK...

..see I even warned you guys first.

Re:FP!!!! (1)

NorthDude (560769) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406452)

If God exists, why did he create something so terrible as me?

Maybe to serve as an exemple to others?


Taken from despair.com ...

Re:FP!!!! (0)

Maxhrk (680390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406598)

probably god demostrate his vastly mightly solar flare that exceed 28x that serve as warning if earthing don't shut up like wars, terrorism and on.

Hey, it only a theory... I, for one, don't belive in most of religious because i don't know which one is the true religion anyway.

On the sidenote.. I, for one, welcoming overlord wrath!

OMG THE SUN IS DYING!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406345)

The sun is going to die and just fizzle away. No supernovae, no explosion, nothing! It's just going to burn out like an incandescent lightbulb. The filament is getting ready to fragment! Once it's burnt out, we won't have any more daylight. Just permanent night! I guess it's time to start working on those nuclear furnaces so that all major metropolitan areas can have artificial suns that are suspended on a tower and illuminate a 100 square mile area. I just KNEW this was going to happen!

Re:OMG THE SUN IS DYING!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406527)

Fuck you city-slicker.

If anything it must be the farmlands that feed us that get the power.

Re:OMG THE SUN IS DYING!!!! (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406623)

OK... this whole thing is silly people. But I'll contribute to this thread since I find it entertaining. Farmlands could be pointless at such a time. Instead we will need to do away with agriculture and build on synthetic nutrients. If we can make artificial nutrients and nanomachines that get integrated into our bodies, it's likely there will be lots of improvements in human physiology. Imagine only needing to eat once a week and never sleep. Our civilization would progress at a much faster pace. As it is, we are barely evolved primitives compared to what we could be if we augmneted ourselves. Eating and sleeping are useless apendages that should be shed. We need to expand on our mental abilities and begin to eschew the physical. This will prepare us for the eventuality of becoming nebulous, sentient entities with no physical form whatsoever. Or not.

The high activity may repeat in two weeks (5, Informative)

poszi (698272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406347)

The sunspots that produced these powerful flares during last days moved across the solar limb. They are now on the far side of the Sun. However, such huge suspots can last quite long and it is likely they will still be active after two weeks when the appear again on the side of the Sun facing Earth.

New Sun Server? (-1, Redundant)

egriebel (177065) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406361)

So am I a total geek because the first thing I thought of when I read the headline was, "hey, Sun has come out with a new line of servers, cool" ???

Re:New Sun Server? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406407)

yes, you reek of geek...

Are we sure... (3, Funny)

TiMac (621390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406372)

...that Steve Ballmer hasn't just been eating a heck of a lot of Mexican food this week?

Sheesh (1, Funny)

grocer (718489) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406376)

I don't know what you people expect from a giant ball of super heated gas undergoing fusion...perhaps large explusions of luke-warm gas and flaccid solar energy?

That darn 486 (5, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406384)

The major flares have come from sunspot region 486, now officially the most active solar region in recorded solar observational history.

Next we'll see cloned sunspots from AMD and Cyrix, followed by a massive rebranding campaign by Intel...

Wait. What were we talking about again?

Re:That darn 486 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406450)

And who said overclocking with out sufficeint cooling has no ill effects?

Solar Chili - Take 2 (4, Funny)

I-R-Baboon (140733) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406387)

Hydrogen Hydrogen, the nuclear fruit
The more you burn, gravity can let it toot
The more you toot, the better your feel
So burn Hydrogen in every nuclear meal!

In Space...nobody can smell your vapors

-1 Troll (I wish I could think of something to post)
-1 Overrated (I wish my ADD would let me read and absorb all of this...functional illiteracy doesn't help either)

Could this be from a colission? (1, Insightful)

MarcQuadra (129430) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406391)

Could all this activity be caused by a colission of some object into the sun? I'm just wondering if the sun got pounded by some asteroids a few weeks ago and they screwed up the balance of the surface, causing geyser-like effects.

Is the sun moving into some more active part of the galaxy recently, are we in the tail of some massive previous event? Are other stars in the neighborhood showing signs of duress?

Re:Could this be from a colission? (0, Interesting)

Wonderkid (541329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406457)

Someone posted a similar theory about asteroid collision on the BBC News website. If we are in fact doomed (assuming the Sun becomes a threat over next few weeks/months etc), it may explain why George Bush, Tony Blair and others are showing zero interest in the environment and the gradual collapse of their societies (in particular Britain which is in an infrastructure and moral mess). IE, nothing matters any more. For governments to achnowledge there is a pending catastophe would create so much chaos they may have chosen to act 'normal'. Even response to events in Iraq seems very 'low key'.

Re:Could this be from a colission? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406511)

wondertard DARRRRRR

Here's a good Q&A (5, Informative)

GFW (673143) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406583)

No, sunspots are systems far larger than and completely unaffected by any normal infalling material. Here's a good Q&A at space.com [space.com] covering the flares in general.

how long? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406392)

I keep seeing that this is the most activity
since we've been monitoring the sun. How long
have we been monitoring the sun?

since the 1970's (1)

Major_Small (720272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406471)

we've been monitoring since the 1970's... I would like to think the measurements in the 70s were accurate, but you never know... here's [space.com] an interesting page with pictures and a graph of the solar cycle...

What it means to me (1, Funny)

4of12 (97621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406395)


TiVo recordings of shows received from satellite TV might be interrupted.

Re:What it means to me (1)

adamruck (638131) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406546)

yes, becuase when this is done there might not be alot of satellites left, if I recall correctly the x18 knocked down a couple.. just imagine what this will do.. considering that is esitmated to be between x28 and x40

then again Im not a astro physicist(cant even spell the thing)

Too bad it isn't heading this way (5, Interesting)

empaler (130732) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406398)

I *still* havent seen any of the promised Aurora Borealis [space.com] [space.com] from previous flares.
It's been a decade since last I saw any.

Re:Too bad it isn't heading this way (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406547)

Might I suggest this? [darksky.org]

Re:Too bad it isn't heading this way (2, Interesting)

flappinbooger (574405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406629)

I heard some people in the Bosten area saw some quite nice northern lights, but as I'm in SW Florida, I don't anticipate any.

Well, actually if I did it would be a really bad thing so I hope I don't...

This one definetly calls for.... (-1, Offtopic)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406402)

The Fart Poem....

At times it is silent, at times it is not
at times it sneaks out and burns oh so hot!

When you'd like it to happen, it just won't come out
it hides and it waits till you're out and about!

The evil ones reek and embarrass us so
then laugh as they trail us wherever we go!

I know it's a function we can't live without,
but on a first date must they really come out??

Men light them on fire - it amuses them so
women fight to be quiet so that no one will know.

I can't figure why after eating good food
the smell that results could kill many a dude!

So here's to the fart, our warm smelly friend
you begin in my tummy, then come out my rear-end!

http://www.curlydavid.com/fartp.html

Solar Flares (3, Insightful)

AyeFly (242460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406411)

Its strange how all of a sudden there are many reports of strong flares... Just as the Space Weather forecasting program comes up for budget renewal. [space.com]

Bruce Dickinson: Prophet? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406412)

Bruce Dickinson said it best when he sang, "The sun that gave us life yesterday is now the sun that takes our lives away" on his Accident of Birth album.

Very disturbing turn of events :( (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406432)

I've been a "hard core" atheist all my life, but I now must admit for the first time I am starting to look at Christianity. The recent events with the Sun (and everything else in the world) is so close to the book of Revelation that it is uncanny. I re-examined my hateful lifestyle and have decided that it would be better to give it up to Christ, especially if the end times are coming.

Re:Very disturbing turn of events :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406559)

"I've been a "hard core" atheist all my life"

Sounds like you've also been an idiot and/or a troll.

Re:Very disturbing turn of events :( (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406571)

give it up to Christ, especially if the end times are coming.

Sorry to disappoint you buddy, but you cant't just "give it up to Christ".

Faith is given by God. You can't do anything to "get it". Predestination is the name of the game. Faith is given to some, and they go to Heaven, whilst some are deprived of the light and they go to Hell.

If a man could personally do something to gain salvation, wouldn't Christ's work have been in vain?

Re:Very disturbing turn of events :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406612)

The thing about Revalation is that the events described in it actually started in Genesis 2. By Christian theology, the apocalypse started days after the beginning of the world, but won't get up to speed until the seven headed dragon rains diadems from the heavens.

Sunspot 486 (-1, Troll)

quark2universe (38132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406435)

If you think sunspot 486 was powerful, wait for the next release, the Pentium!

Buy SUNW now! (1)

csoto (220540) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406439)

With powerful products like that, they'll dominate the Enterprise!

I for one... (-1, Funny)

beattie (594287) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406453)

I for one welcome our new solar overlords.

even bigger then 20 (2, Interesting)

adamruck (638131) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406466)

Craig DeForest, a solar physicist at the Southwest Research Institute, said others in his field are discussing the possibility that Tuesday's flare was an X40.

"I'd take a stand and say it appears to be about X40 based on extrapolation of the X-ray flux into the saturated period," DeForest told SPACE.com.

That estimate may even be conservative, he said


x40.. holy crap.. and that number might be low

Re:even bigger then 20 (1)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406616)

x40.. holy crap.. and that number might be low

Piffle, I ditched my old 40x ages ago *flaunts my ASUS 52x*.

Is anyone worried about this? (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406480)

My guess would be "no", since there's absolutely nothing we can do about it if the sun blows up or something.

Re:Is anyone worried about this? (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406542)

Are you kidding? People worry about a lot of things they can't change. It's illogical, but it happens all the time.

--RJ

Is it just me, or... (1)

Froze (398171) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406488)

does looking at images of eructations that are larger than a planet make anyone else nervous?

Cool word! (3, Interesting)

Hell O'World (88678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406593)

I hadn't heard that one before. And yes, it is disturbing.

eructation ( P ) (-rk-tshn, rk-)
n.
The act or an instance of belching.

Source: The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright (C) 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

sun cam (3, Informative)

Major_Small (720272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406500)

there's actually a webcam pointed at the sun... i'ts updated every 4 hours and can be found here [space.com] .

According to Space.com: The image is generated by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, which sits partway between Earth and the Sun.

Re:sun cam (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406608)

WARNING: Do not click on that link. Look straight at the Sun can damage your eyesight.

Re:sun cam (1)

phil reed (626) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406615)

There's actually several. All the SOHO images are posted to the SOHO web site shortly after they are received. Strictly speaking, that makes SOHO a webcam.

So big it exceeds capacity (5, Interesting)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406501)

The solar flare produced proton wind in speed exceeding what the SOHO probe can measure. It also saturated the X-Ray detectors on NOAA's GOES satellites. X28 is an understatement, the actual value cannot be precisely determined, but is thought of being somewhere around X40 to X50. This is a logarithmic scale, NOAA says the peak X-Ray emission reached approximately 2 * 10e-3 W/ squared meter.

M-class solar flares' order of magnitude is 10e-5W/squared meter, X-class' is 10e-4W/ squared meter, and anything beyond 10e-3W/squared meter :
- was unheard of until a few days ago.
- is a Y-class MEGA FLARE! Tin-foil hat time.

On unrelated news, X-Plane [x-plane.com] now supports borealis auroras...

Worst Flare Ever!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406505)

Worst Flare Ever!!

Oh Geez... (1)

BubbaTheBarbarian (316027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406514)

Well, what do you expect when you mix the words Gas, taco sauce and sun on to one page?

Come get your new Solar Flame Servers by Sun today!!! Only Sun can provide the speed and power to melt the competition like heat of taco sauce gas (extra large Pepsi not included in BTU calculations)!!! New and improved, our RF emissions are going to make you glow at night, giving that special someone a warm fuzzy about YOUR choice in performance (absorbing charcoal not included)!!!

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Waitaminute (2, Insightful)

Ryvar (122400) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406526)

If those sunspots were pointing at us just now, and this flare had a southward magnetic alignment - that would basically be IT, right?

I mean, Fight Club-style apocalypse, the temporary collapse of civilization for at least a month or so until order could be restored, that kind of thing, yes? Anything not in a Faraday cage blown to Hell and gone, etc.?

Does that about describe the situation we just missed? If so, can we please, please find some way to artificially induce exactly that situation?

--Ryv

I am convinced (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406562)

that the sun is blowing up. we will all be dead in a few months...well, existence was fun. maybe if the ancient greeks had put some of those technical ideas together, we could have had the industrial revolution 2000 years ago and been surfing the stars by now...oh well.

Is this the world ending (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406577)

Read a theory once that the sun would swell and engulf the closest few planets...

Perhaps this is a precursor? ;-)

The sky is falling!

Re:Is this the world ending (1)

cyberlotnet (182742) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406614)

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it's time I had some time alone)

I feel fine

Any girl want to have sex before the end cums!!

anomalous! (4, Funny)

trb (8509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406582)

Last week's astrophysicist quote [cnn.com] :

"I have not seen anything like it in my entire career as a solar physicist. The probability of this happening is so low that it is a statistical anomaly."
This week's quote:

The probability of this happening is a double secret statistical anomaly.

BOFH Episode #6 (1)

freeslacker (701452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406600)

Anyone else think of the BOFH excuse of the day [iinet.net.au] ?

GOES Graph Showing Saturation (3, Informative)

mikewren420 (264173) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406631)

Don't know if anyone else saved the GOES XRay Flux image:

http://cyberial.com/images/cme.gif

Pretty impressive saturation!

Hmm... (1)

Ironix (165274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406638)

Doesn't anyone else find it disturbing that the sun is halfway from its 11 year peak and it's now spewing out billions of tons of matter at an unprecedented rate?

Perhaps, now just perhaps, the sun is gearing up to go nova and shed its entire outer layer. In that case, I think I'd want to be at the Sudbury neutrino observatory. =)
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