Partial CME Impact Causes Geomagnetic Storm

Flares from Sunspot 1302 resulted in Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) partially directed at Earth, resulting a geomagnetic storm rated by the NOAA as Strong to Extreme on Monday. The NOAA reported that solar wind speeds had increased from 300km/sec to over 600km/sec at 12:15 UTC, indicating the arrival of a CME released two days ago … Continue reading

Strong Solar Activity for the Month of September

Having already unleashed two X-flares since Sept. 22nd, sunspot AR1302 appears ready for more. The active region has a complex “beta-gamma-delta” magnetic field that harbors energy for strong M- and X-class eruptions. Flares from AR1302 will become increasingly geoeffective as the sunspot turns toward Earth in the days ahead. “Sunspot complex 1302 is incredibly easy … Continue reading

Solar Flares Could Unleash Nuclear Chaos On Planet Earth

(NaturalNews) Forget about the 2012 Mayan calendar, comet Elenin or the Rapture. The real threat to human civilization is far more mundane, and it’s right in front of our noses. If Fukushima has taught us anything, it’s that just one runaway meltdown of fissionable nuclear material can have wide-ranging and potentially devastating consequences for life … Continue reading

Solar Flares and Sunspots Just Keep Going and Going

Solar flares are intense bursts of radiation that come from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. Flares are the solar system’s largest explosive events and can be seen as bright areas on the sun. Their energy can reach Earth’s atmosphere and affect operations of Earth-orbiting communication and navigation satellites. “If we can get … Continue reading

Sunspot Keeps Spouting Off Big Solar Flares

The sun has continued its string of outbursts this week, unleashing two new, powerful solar flares in two days from a region on its surface that space weather experts have now dubbed “Old Faithful.” An X-class solar flare — the most powerful type of sun storm — erupted Wednesday (Sept. 7) at 6:37 p.m. EDT … Continue reading