Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Biggest Solar radiation storm in years happening right now
So if you have a rapidly increasing amount of dropped calls over the next few weeks... this might be why.
On Sunday, a massive explosion on the sun known as a solar flare sent an ejection of some of the sun's plasma hurtling toward earth at the ungodly speed of 1,000 kilometers...per second!
No need to worry about being hit by flying sun plasma though -- that will zoom right past Earth and race toward the edge of the solar system, according to Harlan Spence, principal investigator for the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) instrument on-board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's the ionizing-radiation that was also produced during the flare that hit Earth on Tuesday that is more of a cause for concern. The radiation won't physically hurt those of us who are earthbound -- the Earth's magnetic field and its atmosphere provides an effective shield against that. But astronauts who are working on the International Space Station could be at risk.
Almost a year ago I had a similar post... cyclical?
Source -> http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/solar-storm-sends-radiation-hurtling-to-earth-what-that-means-for-you.html
Earlier related post -> http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2011/02/more-science-news.html