Image: C3-class solar flare erupts on Sept. 8, 2010

September 10, 2010
This is a snapshot of the prominence. Credit: NASA/SDO

Just as sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a C3-class solar flare (peak @ 2330 UT) and a fantastic prominence.

Just as 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a and a fantastic prominence. The eruption also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection into space. The eruption was not directed toward any planets.

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Just as sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a C3-class solar flare (peak @ 2330 UT) and a fantastic prominence. This is a three color closeup of the activity taken by Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO). The accompanying coronal mass ejection (CME) was not directed toward any planets.

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omatumr
1.5 / 5 (8) Sep 10, 2010
Thank you for bringing attention to our stormy Sun.

All the political power of Al Gore, world leaders, the UN, the UN's IPCC, the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee, and compliant editors at Nature, Science, and the PNAS cannot change "what is:" The unstable remains of the supernova that gave birth to the solar system also controls Earth's climate ["Earth's Heat Source - The Sun", Energy & Environment 20 (2009) 131-144]: arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Parsec
4.4 / 5 (5) Sep 10, 2010
Oliver,

You have some special knowledge the rest of us don't? The sun's output has been marginally lower the last few years of this extraordinary solar minimum.

While this certainly can account for the leveling of the warming effect for the last 2 years, even you have to acknowledge (or maybe you just don't have the training to recognize), that for every system there are energy inputs and outputs. The earth is simply not releasing as much energy back to space as it used to because it is absorbing more of what it receives.

So please quit arguing that the only controller of our climate is the energy driver. It is utter nonsense.
Cave_Man
4.5 / 5 (2) Sep 10, 2010
I'm getting so sick of anti-global warming people, they talk like they know everything, just like the people who believe in global warming but the anti people are just nuts sometimes, saying that the majority of science is not real or whatever. Makes you wonder if we deserve to survive as a species.
StarDust21
not rated yet Sep 12, 2010
For those of you like me wondering in what spectral band this video was shot it's 0.1 nm which is soft x-ray, I googled it.
StarDust21
5 / 5 (2) Sep 12, 2010
I'm getting so sick of anti-global warming people, they talk like they know everything, just like the people who believe in global warming but the anti people are just nuts sometimes, saying that the majority of science is not real or whatever. Makes you wonder if we deserve to survive as a species.

Indeed, it is pretty ironic that the ones with the least scientific knowledge and education are the ones who are the most convinced of their beliefs and are the most militant about it. I guess it goes to show humans fear what they don't understand.

Most of them probably don't have an high school degree yet they tell physicists and specialists of the subject how of to think...
StarDust21
5 / 5 (3) Sep 12, 2010
Oliver, stop watching Fox News, get some basic education and stop spamming your AGW non sense over and over.
dogma
not rated yet Sep 13, 2010
Stardust telling Oliver to get some basic education. That's funny.

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