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2020-08-09 12:25:30 PM  
OH THE HUMANITY!
 
2020-08-09 12:29:13 PM  
I think you meant Middle Earth

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2020-08-09 12:35:27 PM  
That's my soul up there.
 
2020-08-09 12:37:59 PM  
Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

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https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sd​o​/the-sun-now/index.html
 
2020-08-09 12:41:34 PM  
So anyone else have a Coronal Mass Ejection down for the 2020 board?
 
2020-08-09 12:43:35 PM  
the sun is a deadly lazer
Youtube KdbI8BwrA1o
 
2020-08-09 12:44:34 PM  
It's only interesting because solar activity has been close to zero lately. Here's the recent flare activity on a logarithmic scale.
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Here's a chart from 2002. This week's flare would be lost in that day's background noise, and the flare on the 2002 chart barely made the top 50 list of that solar cycle.

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2020-08-09 12:44:52 PM  
"Massive sunspot is turning towards Earth this can result in major solar flares that can effect electrical systems"

AFFECT!
 
2020-08-09 12:49:20 PM  
 
2020-08-09 12:54:40 PM  
I would expect nothing less for 2020.
 
2020-08-09 1:09:05 PM  
Is this a last minute 2020 election bid?
 
2020-08-09 1:14:02 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

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https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo​/the-sun-now/index.html


Earth to scale, looks impressive to me

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2020-08-09 1:16:37 PM  
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2020-08-09 1:19:31 PM  

whither_apophis: common sense is an oxymoron: Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

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https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo​/the-sun-now/index.html

Earth to scale, looks impressive to me

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And here's what it looks like when it's angry:
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2020-08-09 1:22:31 PM  

Professor Science: And here's what it looks like when it's angry:


OMG, those were the days. The last days for me. I was working Moscow and US Quam from a freakin' mobile 100w rig driving around in Indianapolis. I could QRP (low power) 5x9 to anywhere in South America. The sun was alive back then.

It's been "off" since then. Anyone who tells you the 11 year cycle is a "thing" is wrong at this point.
 
2020-08-09 1:24:11 PM  
There used to be a giant screen showing a feed of the sun in a building here.   It was mesmorizing to watch.

Fascinating stuff.
 
2020-08-09 1:27:59 PM  

buttercat: There used to be a giant screen showing a feed of the sun in a building here.   It was mesmorizing to watch.

Fascinating stuff.


You know, if you were able to experience the sun on a 1:1 scale model up close, like on it's surface... Well, frankly, I can't think of a more terrifying place. And the universe is filled of these nuclear fusion murder-machines.

We are so small. And the universe is so big. It's deliciously terrifying when you try to embrace it.
 
2020-08-09 1:28:20 PM  
The Sun: A closer look at our nearest star - Real time lapse video captured by Nasa SDO
Youtube 3FOG95o4bbU



It was something like this.
 
2020-08-09 1:34:53 PM  

Destructor: Professor Science: And here's what it looks like when it's angry:

OMG, those were the days. The last days for me. I was working Moscow and US Quam from a freakin' mobile 100w rig driving around in Indianapolis. I could QRP (low power) 5x9 to anywhere in South America. The sun was alive back then.

It's been "off" since then. Anyone who tells you the 11 year cycle is a "thing" is wrong at this point.


The 11 22-year cycle is still there.  What's "wrong" is that there seem to be other cycles which we haven't been observing long enough to take into account.

Although I would like to see an aurora again.  But that has more to do with with a fleeing magnetic pole than anything else.
 
2020-08-09 1:39:44 PM  

Destructor: It's been "off" since then. Anyone who tells you the 11 year cycle is a "thing" is wrong at this point.


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Cycle 24 may have been weak compared to the last few, but it happened pretty much on schedule.
(graph from https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/so​l​ar-cycle-progression)
 
2020-08-09 1:42:13 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: The 11 22-year cycle is still there. What's "wrong" is that there seem to be other cycles which we haven't been observing long enough to take into account.


Oh, and that's such a wonderful thing to hope for. There's a "plan" that we simply haven't been able to peek at.

Well, for what it's worth, I sorta hope you're right. But who knows? The sun is going to do what the sun is going to do. And all we can do it hang on tight and keep on smiling!

/Come on Universe! Here I am! Take your best shot!
 
2020-08-09 1:43:17 PM  

Professor Science: Cycle 24 may have been weak compared to the last few, but it happened pretty much on schedule.
(graph from https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/sol​ar-cycle-progression)


Well, a weak substitute certainly made an appearance (yawn).

No seriously, you're right. There was some sort of "activity". But it was real weak sauce.
 
2020-08-09 2:10:08 PM  

Destructor: Professor Science: Cycle 24 may have been weak compared to the last few, but it happened pretty much on schedule.
(graph from https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/sol​ar-cycle-progression)

Well, a weak substitute certainly made an appearance (yawn).

No seriously, you're right. There was some sort of "activity". But it was real weak sauce.


Yeah, it was the weakest cycle since the widespread use of radio (unless you count 1906-ish, which was slightly worse).  But looking back further than that, maxima that low aren't that unusual.
 
2020-08-09 2:19:21 PM  

bubbadave1056: "Massive sunspot is turning towards Earth this can result in major solar flares that can effect electrical systems"

AFFECT!


Unless the sunspots are really high tech and bring about the creation of new electrical systems...I'm sure that's what the author meant.
 
2020-08-09 2:24:56 PM  

Professor Science: whither_apophis: common sense is an oxymoron: Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

[Fark user image 512x512]

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo​/the-sun-now/index.html

Earth to scale, looks impressive to me

[Fark user image 512x512]

And here's what it looks like when it's angry:


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2020-08-09 2:29:36 PM  
So, there's a little black spot on the sun today?

The Police - King of Pain (music video)
Youtube tFN5DveQH0o
 
2020-08-09 2:39:06 PM  

Professor Science: Yeah, it was the weakest cycle since the widespread use of radio (unless you count 1906-ish, which was slightly worse). But looking back further than that, maxima that low aren't that unusual.


ಠ_ಠ

You're harshing my buzz that we're living in some sort of super ultra special solar cycle thing.
 
2020-08-09 3:36:04 PM  

Destructor: common sense is an oxymoron: The 11 22-year cycle is still there. What's "wrong" is that there seem to be other cycles which we haven't been observing long enough to take into account.

Oh, and that's such a wonderful thing to hope for. There's a "plan" that we simply haven't been able to peek at.

Well, for what it's worth, I sorta hope you're right. But who knows? The sun is going to do what the sun is going to do. And all we can do it hang on tight and keep on smiling!

/Come on Universe! Here I am! Take your best shot!


Do not taunt the gamma ray burst monkey.
 
2020-08-09 3:38:09 PM  

Mad_Radhu: So anyone else have a Coronal Mass Ejection down for the 2020 board?


Yep, I have an X class flare for 2020

/Fingers crossed
 
2020-08-09 4:00:50 PM  
I heard somewhere that there was a statistical correlation between solar activity and volcanic activity.
I was gonna head for the hills for the inevitable CME, but DAMNIT there's volcanoes there...
Can't wait for the pre-infected covid bat-eating murder Hornets.
 
2020-08-09 4:45:48 PM  

WordsnCollision: Professor Science: whither_apophis: common sense is an oxymoron: Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

[Fark user image 512x512]

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo​/the-sun-now/index.html

Earth to scale, looks impressive to me

[Fark user image 512x512]

And here's what it looks like when it's angry:

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No thread shall go untainted.
Can't wait until this is all over.
 
2020-08-09 4:46:24 PM  
I propose that all links posted from this source should have a Boobies tag.
 
2020-08-09 6:15:33 PM  

Professor Science: whither_apophis: common sense is an oxymoron: Sounds impressive, right?  Here's what the sunspot actually looks like:

[Fark user image 512x512]

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo​/the-sun-now/index.html

Earth to scale, looks impressive to me

[Fark user image 512x512]

And here's what it looks like when it's angry:
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I hope it got those checked out, some of them look cancerous.
 
2020-08-09 6:53:50 PM  
At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.
 
2020-08-09 7:03:51 PM  

jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.


In the 1800s, a solar flare hit that was so strong that the telegraph wires caught fire.

Imagine that happening today.
 
2020-08-09 7:08:14 PM  

Sim Tree: jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.

In the 1800s, a solar flare hit that was so strong that the telegraph wires caught fire.

Imagine that happening today.


Well, this is the year for it.
 
KIA
2020-08-09 7:55:24 PM  

jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.


Look up the Carrington Event.  It absolutely has happened.  We simply weren't in the electronic age at that time.
 
2020-08-09 7:58:27 PM  

KIA: jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.

Look up the Carrington Event.  It absolutely has happened.  We simply weren't in the electronic age at that time.


Or 1989.
 
2020-08-09 8:03:37 PM  

KIA: jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.

Look up the Carrington Event.  It absolutely has happened.  We simply weren't in the electronic age at that time.


Was that the one when he had amnesia?

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2020-08-10 3:02:59 AM  

Billy Liar: [thewrap.com image 618x412]


One of my faves. Next to the one with Liz Montgomery, and 'Masks.'
 
2020-08-10 5:20:33 AM  

Destructor: Professor Science: And here's what it looks like when it's angry:

OMG, those were the days. The last days for me. I was working Moscow and US Quam from a freakin' mobile 100w rig driving around in Indianapolis. I could QRP (low power) 5x9 to anywhere in South America. The sun was alive back then.

It's been "off" since then. Anyone who tells you the 11 year cycle is a "thing" is wrong at this point.


No, so far it's still a thing, we're just inside a minimum, like the one back around 1820.  Short term 11 year (on average) cycle is still a valid thing, just expect the peaks to be smaller and maybe a bit farther apart.
 
2020-08-10 5:28:39 AM  

Sim Tree: jake3988: At LEAST once a year there's warnings all over the place that there's going to be flares that will massively affect electrical systems.

Never once has it actually happened that I'm aware of, even on a minor scale.

In the 1800s, a solar flare hit that was so strong that the telegraph wires caught fire.

Imagine that happening today.


Telegraph wires were designed to carry about 100 volts.   And the telegraph system had no protection built into it.  Induce a couple thousand volts on them, interesting things are going to happen.

You should have used the 1989 Quebec Hydro event instead.
 
2020-08-10 8:02:15 AM  
OH GOD YES!!!
 
2020-08-10 8:17:00 AM  

Destructor: Is this a last minute 2020 election bid?


Hopefully causes all the electronic ballot recorders changers inoperative and we will be forced to use paper ballots.


Landslide Biden!!
 
2020-08-10 8:53:45 AM  
The Maze Runner trilogy is about to come true... Oh, why not?
 
2020-08-10 9:20:04 AM  

wrenchboy: Destructor: Is this a last minute 2020 election bid?

Hopefully causes all the electronic ballot recorders changers inoperative and we will be forced to use paper ballots.


Landslide Biden!!


Here, Biden might need this for that landslide:

https://www.backcountry.com/avalanche​-​beacons
 
2020-08-10 10:56:10 AM  

Mad_Radhu: So anyone else have a Coronal Mass Ejection down for the 2020 board?


No, because the big coronal mass ejections like the 1859 Carrington Event and the 1989 Quebec Hydro event don't happen during things like the Dalton minimum, a copy of which we seem to be in right now.

Besides which, we have an advantage in that we have more protections built into our systems because of those events, *AND* we've got the ability to go all President Madagascar before it hits, because we can now see when one happens and have the ability to predict if it's going to hit the Earth or not.
 
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