Solar Tsunami and Earthquake time

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Solar Tsunami Time?

August 3, 2010

It’s a first, or so they say.

Thanks to SOHO, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, we know a lot more about the sun and thus our life on the third rock from the sun. On Sunday, few people were aware that we kicked off August with a very unusual event that’s now being called a SOLAR TSUNAMI. We know about sun spots, but what’s a SOLAR TSUNAMI?

It’s potentially not a good thing for us humans.

A solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory which captures high-definition views of the sun at a variety of wavelengths. SDO was launched in February and peers deep into the layers of the sun, investigating the mysteries of its inner workings. And even when we do that we don’t know what we’re looking at or why!

Over at Space Weather they reported, “On August 1st, the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more. Click on the image to view just a fraction of the action.”

What’s it all mean Alfie?

Well, for one we’re seeing all kind of tremors around the globe. There are lots of 5 and 6 magnitude earthquakes going off. Here in the good old USofA we’re registering way too many California and Alaska 3-4.3 magnitude quakes. In other words, there’s a whole lotta shaking going on. How far will it go, we may not know until Friday.

Wednesday through Friday could be interesting!

Seeing the sun erupt on such a global scale has galvanized the international community of solar physicists. Researchers are still sorting out the complex sequence of events and trying to understand why they all happened at once. This “all at once” phrase is what we’re not so sure of. So, hang on as it might be a wild ride over the next 48 hours.


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