Effects of solar flares arriving on Earth

Aug 06, 2011 By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID , AP Science Writer

(AP) -- The impact of a series of eruptions on the sun began arriving at Earth on Friday and could affect some communications for a day or so.

Operators of electrical grids are working to avoid outages, but the says some satellite communications and Global Positioning Systems could face problems.

Three erupted on the sun starting Tuesday, and the strongest electromagnetic shocks were being felt Friday by the ACE spacecraft, a satellite that measures radiation bursts a few minutes before they strike Earth, said Joseph Kunches, a scientist at NOAA's Center in Boulder, Colo.

Tom Bogdan, director of the center, said the sun is going from a quiet period into a busier cycle for solar flares and an increase in the number of such blasts is expected over the next three to five years.

Solar flares send out bursts of that strike the Earth's magnetic field. The most common impacts for the average person are the glowing auroras around the north and south poles, and the researchers said those could be visible this weekend.

The magnetic blasts, which Bogdan likened to a tsunami in space, can also affect electronic communications and electrical systems. A 1989 solar flare knocked out the electrical systems in Quebec, Canada, but the current is not expected to be that powerful. On a scale of 1 to 5, he said, it is probably a 2 or 3.

But more significant solar storms are expected in the next few years, he said.

The most powerful known solar storm occurred in 1859, Bogdan said. There were not as many vulnerable electrical items then, but it did knock out telegraph services, even burning down some telegraph stations, he said.

Other serious solar blasts occurred in 1921 and 1940, he noted, and Kunches recalled one on Halloween in 2003.

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Isaacsname
1 / 5 (1) Aug 06, 2011
I have always been curious why Switzerland is the only country who's bulk electrical infrastucture is mainly underground and thus hardened against solar storms.
Telekinetic
1 / 5 (3) Aug 06, 2011
Because their gold vaults are sitting right beside them.
PaulRC
not rated yet Aug 06, 2011
solar storm? is there an app for that? seriously, whats our 'early warning system' composed of? if it's not posted here, i'll prolly miss it, lol.
Isaacsname
5 / 5 (2) Aug 06, 2011
solar storm? is there an app for that? seriously, whats our 'early warning system' composed of? if it's not posted here, i'll prolly miss it, lol.

http://www.swpc.n...dex.html

Power down your satellites man.
Telekinetic
3 / 5 (4) Aug 06, 2011
Great site- thankfully, I just retrieved my lead-lined suit from the dry cleaner's.
TheQuietMan
not rated yet Aug 06, 2011
Didn't I see another article about entering a solar minimum several months ago?
TheQuietMan
not rated yet Aug 06, 2011
Here it is:

http://www.physor...lar.html

Looks like solar weathermen are as good as the terrestrial variety.
omatumr
1.4 / 5 (18) Aug 07, 2011
Information on the Sun has been suppressed for decades to promote the illusion that Earth's climate is controlled by mankind, instead of the Earth's unstable heat source.

The history of events that produced Chimategate, now updated (going back to the April 1967 Bilderberg Conference) and renamed - The Bilderberg Sun, Climategate & Economic Crisis - is available at these links:

http://dl.dropbox...oots.doc
or
http://dl.dropbox...oots.pdf

Comments would be appreciated,

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
jsdarkdestruction
3.4 / 5 (11) Aug 07, 2011
nonsense oliver. go preach your conspiracy theory elsewhere....
PaulRadcliff
5 / 5 (2) Aug 07, 2011
The Sun is behaving with its usual start stop fashion. Nothing too unusual, but still we should be building all new power lines underground. This always seemed like such a no-brainer. Trees blowing over in wind storms cuts aerial power lines in my neck of the woods, all the time.
tommytalks77
4 / 5 (5) Aug 07, 2011
Now tell me Oliver K. Manuel (though I am pretty sure that isn't your name), if the global warming is the result of your delusional climategate (what a ridiculous name-I know what it references to- that only an american could unashamedly say it out loud...) and information about the sun's effect on earth weather has "been suppressed" by a bunch of rich white westerners all of these decades, tell me PLEASE:
How on earth these rich guys convinced, for example, Fidel Castro and all of the cuban scientists (really good ones too FYI) to keep quiet? Or what about all of the countless (former) USRR scientists, or the east-german ones, or the scientists under the dictatorship of other nations that hate americans and the west, PLEASE TELL ME how did these rich western families convince all of these countries and their scientists to keep quiet about "the truth" behind earth's climate and take part on a absurd conspiracy that would keep the western rich men rich(er) and them poorer?
TheQuietMan
5 / 5 (4) Aug 07, 2011
That is pretty much the same argument I would use against any conspiracy theory. Remember the oil companies and the 100MPH carburetor? They've done the carburetor (in a radically stripped down car), but if it had been practical sooner I'm sure the Japanese or some other resource strapped nation would have used it as soon as they had their hands on a working model.

We aren't even close to being one nation or group. The kinds of theories that require major suppression of earth changing knowledge require everyone be on board.

I'm more of a fan of "Never attribute to malice where stupidity will suffice.".
Zarabtul
1 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2011
Lookie there I can post in Quantum Physics again....
Zarabtul
1 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2011
Or is it others using our freq? Because we don't use it effectively... as you beg for people that do what we do....
Zarabtul
1 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2011
No matter what. I can always count on the person from Australia that was my trainer as a Scholar.
Zarabtul
1 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2011
I explained how to better understand how to take care of your boat.
omatumr
1.5 / 5 (15) Aug 07, 2011
Neutron repulsion [1] is the energy source that gave birth to planet Earth, powers the Sun, the Milky Way, and causes solar eruptions like these.

All of the political power of world leaders, Al Gore, the Bilderberg Group, the US NAS, the UN's IPCC, the UK's RS, editors of Science, Nature, PNAS, MNRS, federal research agencies and armies of scientists cannot change the empirical evidence recorded as extra rest mass in every nucleus with two or more neutrons [1].

The sordid background of this scandal is available as pdf files or Word doc.

"The Bilderberg Sun, Climategate & Economic Crisis"

[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/[/url] 10640850/20110722_Climategate_ Roots.pdf

"The Sad Tale of Those Who Tried to Control Nature"

[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/[/url] 10640850/20110722_Climategate_ Roots.doc

1. "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press, 19 pages (2011):

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

freethinking
1.4 / 5 (9) Aug 07, 2011
Why would countries hostile to the US be in favor of suppressing information about the sun's invovlement in global warming? Obvious reason is they know it's bunk and they will help whoever hurts us.

Haven't you heard the phrase, The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Global warmer scammers like Al Gore are racking in billions of dollars while harming the US and the western world.

Why would China, Cuba, North Korea not support them?
omatumr
1 / 5 (11) Aug 07, 2011
Why would countries hostile to the US be in favor of suppressing information about the sun's invovlement in global warming? Obvious reason is they know it's bunk and they will help whoever hurts us.


World leaders have shadowboxed before TV cameras since the 1971 agreement to employ the Bilderberg model of a homogeneous Sun in equilibrium [1] and anthropologic climate change as the common enemy to unite nations, end the space race, and avoid global nuclear war.

That decision stymied understanding of the Sun, diverted resources to fusion, an imagined solar heat source, instead of neutron repulsion - the real, and often violently unstable energy source of stars, A-bombs, and fission reactors.

Thus, Eisenhower's 1961 warning on elitist science failed to prevent the current economic and social collapse and almost total public ignorance of the violently unstable nature of Earth's heat source.

Gingerich & De Jager, The Bilderberg solar model, Solar Physics 3, 5-25 (1968).
omatumr
1 / 5 (9) Aug 07, 2011
The danger to life on this beautiful planet today is not global warming, but a tyrannical government - so enamored by its own propaganda - that it fails to make rational plans to deal with climate changes caused by the Sun and to develop neutron repulsion in nuclear reactors to meet future energy needs of the world's people.

That is the real danger we face today.
Ethelred
3.7 / 5 (10) Aug 07, 2011
Now tell me Oliver K. Manuel (though I am pretty sure that isn't your name)
Its his name. No rational person would want to be mistaken for him. I am not talking about his irrational bogus science but his personal life which you can look up if you want.

How on earth these rich guys convinced, for example, Fidel Castro
Reason is not amongst Oliver's skills.

Or what about all of the countless (former) USRR scientists,
Oh they all joined the conspiracy because they are under the control of Chairman Mao. No wait, I think he died. Well that's another thing that Oliver is incapable of dealing with.

Your new around here aren't you?

July 7, 2011, 12:03 pm
Well a bit anyway. Read some of the other threads Oliver has tainted.

The danger to life on this beautiful planet today is not global warming, but a tyrannical government
You were a tyrant to your children. You see the worst in others because that is what you have in yourself.

Ethelred
omatumr
1.3 / 5 (15) Aug 08, 2011
The Red Brigade attacks all who question AGW and the Bilderberg SSM [1]!

Long live the UN's Big Brother and its Red Brigade Defenders!

1. The Bilderberg solar model, Solar Physics 3, 5-25 (1968):
(The Corner Stone of Big Brother Al Gore AGW propaganda)

http://adsabs.har....3....5G
MarkyMark
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 08, 2011
The Red Brigade attacks all who question AGW and the Bilderberg SSM [1]!

Long live the UN's Big Brother and its Red Brigade Defenders!

1. The Bilderberg solar model, Solar Physics 3, 5-25 (1968):
(The Corner Stone of Big Brother Al Gore AGW propaganda)

http://adsabs.har....3....5G

Go back to 'caring' for little vulnerable girls your much better at that it seems than you are spouting your 'Metal Sun' conspiracies!
Ethelred
3.1 / 5 (7) Aug 08, 2011
The Red Brigade attacks all who question AGW and the Bilderberg SSM
The man that lied all his life and tyrannized his children now lies some more and calls me a commie. Again.

No I don't attack all that question AGW. Just the idiots and ideologues that think the AGW evidence is a lie to get grant money. Try a reasoned debate with evidence instead of lying about everyone else. I have never told a lie about you so why do you lie about me. I can't help it if the truth about you is so bloody awful.

Unlike some the other people that are posting stuff about you I checked and double checked. I checked the court records.

Long live the UN's Big Brother and its Red Brigade Defenders!
The UN has no big brother. It doesn't have the power or the competence. The Red Brigade was Italian and I never defended them. They, like you, were reprehensible. I will no more support them than I will you. You might as well quite lying about because you just make things worse for yourself.

Ethelred
jsdarkdestruction
2 / 5 (4) Aug 08, 2011
dont tell oliver to go back to his other hobby, he probably will. he's ruined enough childrens lives already. he has been getting more and more delusional lately and im already scared he's going to return to that hobby of his, maybe this time he'll kill the child after raping them, SCARY stuff, oliver should be locked away for the good of society.
emsquared
4 / 5 (4) Aug 08, 2011
I have always been curious why Switzerland is the only country who's bulk electrical infrastucture is mainly underground and thus hardened against solar storms.

Well, for starters it is in the 100th smallest nation on the planet (there are only 99 nations -out of 234- with less area). It has 0.4%, that's ~1/237th, the surface area of the U.S. Which is to say it's easy to invest in more expensive infrastructure when you don't have to invest in as much of it. I'm sorry but was this really not obvious to you??
Kio
1.8 / 5 (10) Aug 09, 2011
Everywhere these NASA falsifiers: jsdarkdestruction, Ethelred, their "friends" chameleons and rats!
We have to see beyond old teaching to understand Oliver's genial and shocked discovery.
http://www.youtub...vk2wDYwc
jsdarkdestruction, Ethelred their falsifier "friends" chameleons and rats have become wild to understand that.
Only neutron star systems and powerful neutron repulsion can explain effects of the solar flares and protuberances!

omatumr
1.2 / 5 (12) Aug 09, 2011
Regretfully corruption of space sciences, personal attacks and smear tactics have been used as propaganda tools of the global climate scam for four decades (1971-2011).

The decision was apparently made during Kissingers secret visit to China in 1971 to use Anthropologic Global Climate Change as the common enemy to:

a.) Unite Nations;
b.) End the Cold War, the Space Race; and
c.) The threat of Mutual Nuclear Annihilation.

To negate the Suns obvious control over Earths climate, the model [1] of a homogeneous Sun in hydrostatic equilibrium became official government dogma after 1971.

Precise experimental data from studies of meteorites, the 1969 Apollo Mission to the Moon, the 1995 Galileo probe of Jupiter, and even nuclear rest mass data have been ignored, manipulated or hidden.

1. The Bilderberg Model of the Photosphere and Low Chromosphere
http://adsabs.har...oPh.3.5G

Hang in there!
Oliver K. Manuel
barakn
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 09, 2011
That's odd, your acolyte Kio only gave you a 3 on that one.
Ethelred
3.7 / 5 (6) Aug 09, 2011
Everywhere these NASA falsifiers: jsdarkdestruction, Ethelred, their "friends" chameleons and rats!
We falsified nothing except we did show that Oliver's idiocy is false.

I don't work for NASA and you continuing lies about that won't change it. I work retail.

Ethelred
Ethelred
5 / 5 (2) Aug 09, 2011
Ooops. I clicked on Barakn instead of Oliver. Sorry.

Ethelred
Ethelred
4.4 / 5 (7) Aug 09, 2011
Post-modern consensus science,
Post modern is a meaningless noise.

personal attacks, and smear tactics
If the truth hurts that is your problem.

I have dealt with dubious scientific claims many times. Mostly you just ignore what I say. It took DOZENS of post just to get acknowledge that I mentioned the iron stack tests and even then you refused to accept the FACT that NO ONE has EVER seen an non-isolated neutron decay. EVER. Tons of iron, many tons of heavy water NEVER.

Not even your students support you.

Yet you spam and spam and spam. You are Crank Oliver. That is pure Crank behavior.

If you don't like being called a Crank than STOP.

And you personal history does count. You are NOT a reliable source for anything. No one that lived a lie as a predator all their life can be trusted. Since you are a known liar and your science is execrable I see no reason I shouldn't point that out.

Ethelred
jsdarkdestruction
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 09, 2011
After reading olivers ideas for the however many times ive read it now(i lost count a very long time ago" I must say.
Yes, it's all a global conspiracy. Yes, we are all sheeple blindly following the blind and 100 yrs from now oliver k manuel will be household name the same as newton and einsteb are today.
LMAO, sorry, i couldnt help myself.
omatumr
1.5 / 5 (13) Aug 09, 2011
Regretfully corruption of space sciences, personal attacks and smear tactics have been used as propaganda tools of the global climate scam for four decades (1971-2011).


That is how propaganda worked. Intense personal attacks show that government scientists are getting worried, now that the economy is about to collapse.

Hopefully I will be better able to communicate the entangled history of Climategate with the space program, oscillating solar neutrinos, and the model of a homogeneous, H-filled Sun [1] in the fifth video summary of research on "Scientific Genesis"

a. Science vs. Propaganda
b. Origin of the Solar System
c. The Iron Sun
d. Neutron Repulsion
e. Global Warming

The 5th video should be completed on Thursday.

1. "The Bilderberg Sun, Climategate & Economic Crisis"

http://dl.dropbox...oots.pdf

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Kio
1.4 / 5 (10) Aug 10, 2011
As I understand jsdarkdestruction is an ignorant herder of the asses. In addition he and his chameleon friend Ethelred are fully filled by foolish ideas on Nuclear Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology. Now I'm sure these scientific fields are destroyed by lots of their adherents - herders so called "scientists" .
Ethelred
4.2 / 5 (5) Aug 10, 2011
. Intense personal attacks show that government scientists are getting worried,
I see. So then, you sexually abused your children, spammed the site, can't get any support even from you own students THUS you must right.

Nonsense. People rake you over the coals because you did great evil and that evil does not make bad science into perfection.

Hopefully I will be better able to communicate the entangled history of Climategate
Which you have gone to great length to turn into utter rubbish with that ridiculous claim that Mao was involved.

oscillating solar neutrinos,
I suppose you think that millions of dollars, yen and many other forms of money were spent solely to make false accusations against you. Rubbish again. NO ONE GIVES A DAMN about your idiot ideas except that you keep spamming the site. Physicists IGNORE you, most don't even know your pigheaded bad science even exists. You have NO evidence to support you and they have lots.>>
Ethelred
4.2 / 5 (5) Aug 10, 2011
a. Science vs. Propaganda
Science is against propaganda. Which is why the propaganda you keep site with shows you don't science.

b. Origin of the Solar System
Involved a supernova and anyone competent knows that. But no competent think OUR Sun was that supernova.

c. The Iron Sun
Which is based on idea of the Sun coming from a Supernova since there is simply no evidence for the ludicrous claim.

d. Neutron Repulsion
Which again has no evidence to support. Even the students that did the work for that table that supports the Pauli Exclusion Principle do not support you. Though you did once lie about that when you pretended their work in class constituted support. That was silly even by your standards.>>
Kio
1.4 / 5 (9) Aug 10, 2011
WAW! The NASA falsifier - Ethelred became wild! He is so fool and blind can't understand an elementary Astronomical axiom still. Each star has its own neutron star in the centre due to each exploded star shows only fresh neutron star - pulsar as a naked core. Pulsation has only nuclear explanation. It causes powerful internal forces that formed by lots of recycled neutrons - neutron repulsion and gravitational attraction
Ethelred
4.3 / 5 (6) Aug 10, 2011
e. Global Warming
Which the present evidence supports. CO2 IS a greenhouse gas and that German paper you posted was utter crap based on an intentionally bad example. The Moon. It doesn't rotate. However Apollo 13 did rotate and it got COLD. As in below freezing. This would not have occurred according to that paper so the paper was a crock.

The 5th video should be completed on Thursday.
Does Alex know about your conviction?

Multiply posted to deal with Oliver's crossposted spam.

Ethelred
Ethelred
5 / 5 (3) Aug 10, 2011
WAW!
Hard to believe you did that.

The NASA falsifier - Ethelred became wild
Dumbass I don't work for them. I work retail.

He is so fool and blind can't understand an elementary Astronomical axiom still.
It is axiomatic that Me-Too's need their Big Dog.

http://redwing.hu...etoo.htm

Unfortunately for Kio the Me-Too Oliver is NOT a Big Dog. He is:

http://redwing.hu...anus.htm

Sorry but none really fit me. I am too willing to go to battle to be a Kung Fu Master but otherwise it fits.

http://redwing.hu...ster.htm

Each star has its own neutron star in the centre due
To Oliver saying so. There is no other reason for you saying that. Oliver has no evidence to support his claim and it is exceedingly ludicrous.

pulsar as a naked core.
The guy that wrote the letter about a pulsar being in the Sun has not said one word since.>>
Ethelred
5 / 5 (2) Aug 10, 2011
It was decades ago and he has yet to say a single thing to say that he actually believes it. I checked. Despite Oliver lying that I don't check I did. Oliver got so mad when I pointed that out the first time. Now he pretends I don't mention it.

Pulsation has only nuclear explanation.
Even Oliver doesn't make that claim. He thinks it is from churning by the larger planets. Which I tend to agree with EXCEPT that it is not a bleeding pulsar that is being churned. Just the Sun which is almost entirely helium and hydrogen.

formed by lots of recycled neutrons - neutron repulsion
Which is completely stupid. Oliver thinks that Neutron Decay is a Perpetual Motion machine and that the Universe is eternal. Of course Oliver won't even try tell us how we could have a black sky if that were true.

How about you answer that?

I suppose he will just froth at the mouth some more instead of dealing with a relevant question.

Ethelred
Kio
1 / 5 (8) Aug 10, 2011
I know exactly that you jsdarkdestruction and other rats are working in the many forums for the TOP falsifiers. These plump big friends are enriched by false modeling, false "researches", false publications...etc. Now they are too afraid and are jumping on their seats for their false past. their dirt money paid for your jumping here is nothing. Oliver is the greatest scientist and his greatest discoveries will be awarded by greatest scientific prizes ASAP! You have no answer... only provocation sentences.
Truth is Victorious!
Ethelred
5 / 5 (3) Aug 10, 2011
In the last post I ended thus:

"How about you answer that?

I suppose he will just froth at the mouth some more instead of dealing with a relevant question."

I know exactly that you jsdarkdestruction and other rats are working in the many forums for the TOP falsifiers.
The answer is to pretend nothing was asked and to froth at the mouth.

These plump big friends
I am not fat, please quite mistaking me for Oliver.

enriched by false modeling,
I am not rich. The false models are Oliver's.

false "researches", false publications...
You mean the places Oliver was published are false? He was published you know. Not often of course.

Now they are too afraid
That is insane. There is nothing to fear from Oliver UNLESS you have the misfortune to related and underage.

their dirt money paid for your jumping here is nothing.
The nothing part is right. I have nearly no money. Oliver gets a pension. From the sort of people you are ranting about.>
Ethelred
5 / 5 (3) Aug 10, 2011
Oliver is the greatest scientist
Are you trying to make fun of Oliver?

his greatest discoveries
That children can be abused with just a slap on the wrist?

greatest scientific prizes ASAP!
No. Just plain no. Sir Frederick Hoyle didn't get a Nobel and he deserved one. Oliver deserves jail time. Please notice that despite all of Oliver's rants about being attacked he has never claimed wasn't guilty.

You have no answer... only provocation sentences.
No I have questions. Questions Oliver can't answer.

Instead of answering my question you frothed at the mouth. So I will ask TWO questions this time. Surely you can answer them as you must know everything there is to know about what Oliver's ideas require.

Why is the sky black when Oliver claims the Universe is eternal and does not expand. This is impossible according to any rational physics yet known. What is the reason for the black sky?

What do you use to clean the spittle off your monitor?

Ethelred
Jadxia
not rated yet Aug 15, 2011
I have always been curious why Switzerland is the only country who's bulk electrical infrastucture is mainly underground and thus hardened against solar storms.


Probably wasn't by foresight. Everything is easier to put underground when you live in the mountains.

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