#1 Nasa scientists braced for 'solar tsunami' to hit earth08-03-2010, 10:40 AMThe solar fireworks at the weekend were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards.
Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun.
The explosion, called a coronal mass ejection, was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space.
Images from the SDO hint at a shock wave travelling from the flare into space, the New Scientist reported.
Experts said the wave of supercharged gas will likely reach the Earth on Tuesday, when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth.
It is likely to spark spectacular displays of the aurora or northern and southern lights.
"This eruption is directed right at us," said Leon Golub, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).
"It's the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time."
Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened today. ...
08-03-2010, 10:46 AM
Anyone seen Nicholas Cage lately?In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
08-03-2010, 02:12 PM
Jack Van Impe didn't say anything about this, and neither did the talking plastic doll (Rexella). I'm sure he could work a solar tsunami somehow into his "Obama is the antichrist" claims, if he wasn't so fixated on the EU, the Illuminati and the Bildebergers.
08-03-2010, 03:17 PM
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