Mother of all sunspots could cause problems

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  1. primroselane

    primroselane Well-Known Member

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    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-07-25-see-spot-storm_x.htm?csp=15

    A sunspot group aimed squarely at Earth has grown to 20 times the size of our planet and has the potential to unleash a major solar storm.

    Sunspots are areas of intense magnetic energy, cooler and darker than the surrounding surface of the thermonuclear furnace. Sometimes the magnetic fields let loose and huge amounts of radiation and charged particles are hurled into space.

    The Sun's last bout of intense storminess occurred last fall, when a string of 10 major flares over two weeks knocked out satellites, damaged others, and forced the FAA to reroute airlines away from exposed polar routes.
     
  2. Gina

    Gina Active Member

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    This is something to keep an eye on for sure.


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  3. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Does this mean we need to dig out our tin foil hats???? :confused: :confused:
     
  4. Terrabus

    Terrabus Middle-Aged Delinquent

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    I've already got mine on from the last dire warning about ghouls. Remember, shiney side out to reflect them!
     
  5. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    This would be one of those times when having sat. internet service is not a great thing LOL not to mention cell phones for those of us who are off grid!
     
  6. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    Plays hell with the CB radios too.
     
  7. coalroadcabin

    coalroadcabin Well-Known Member

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    helps with HAM radio though.
    BTW, are there any other HAM operators on this board?
    ~KE4CKK
     
  8. Joy in Eastern WA

    Joy in Eastern WA Well-Known Member

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    Ah, the northern lights have and will continue to put on quite a show!
     
  9. boren

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    Might help some people, but it's playing hell with the ionosphere, so shortwav, 3-20Mhz is gone, for all practical purposes. Sure you'll get odd bounces though.

    My normal shortwave broadcasts I pick that normally come booming in are all but gone.
     
  10. Oilpatch197

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    Higher antenna! :)

    BTW the last "big" flare everyone was worried about,,,,,it only knocked out a Jap satalite.
     
  11. Sue C

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  12. coalroadcabin

    coalroadcabin Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm...........I'm just a lowly no-code tech so I don't know a whole bunch. And when it seemed that I was able to receive better (further) I assumed it must be because of sunspot activity......maybe it's something else? One thing about ham radio, there's so much to learn! :)
     
  13. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    We had quite the display of northern lights on Saturday night here in north central Minnesota....just beautiful! I'm all for the sunspots!
     
  14. OUVickie

    OUVickie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This should be interesting. The last one played havoc with the wireless on Campus. What's funny is that many people use technology w/o knowing how it actually works. You should hear some of the calls the Help Line gets when the culprit is actually Mother Nature!
     
  15. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    I'm ready!!!!

    [​IMG] :eek: :haha: :haha:

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  16. Gary in ohio

    Gary in ohio Well-Known Member Supporter

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    yes,... N8EMR



     
  17. boren

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    http://www.dxlc.com/solar/

    Isn't bad for current storm data in 1 place. Look under propagation to see what he's seeing. It's all LW/MW stuff though.