Friday Headlines: 4-19-13

Friday Headlines, April 19, 2013

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

SOLAR FLARE, 2013’S MOST POWERFUL SO FAR, SPARKS RADIO BLACKOUT, NASA SAYS

I really wish it hadn’t have been cloudy the night the aurora was supposed to be visible at my home in western New York state. Alas, it was.

The flare happened on April 11 (so, yeah, it was more than a week ago), but lit up the skies on the night of April 13 further south than usual, so that people in Maryland, for example, could have caught a peek.

The Solar Flare, as viewed from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory.

I once caught the shortest glimpse of the northern lights way back in 1994. It was there only long enough that I could register what I was seeing. Then it was gone.

This solar flare, like many, caused some trouble with radio communications on Earth. This year we approach a solar maximum, where flare activity is expected to peak in its 11-year cycle. I hope I get another chance to see the aurora!

 

This is just cool:

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SQUEEZE OUT A WET RAG….IN ZERO G???

Follow the link. Watch the video. That is all.

 

It’s been a bit of a difficult week, so I don’t have a lot of headlines. The bombing at the Boston Marathon has put me into a bit of a funk. I hope the video above cheers you all as much as it cheered me.

3 Comments

  1. Dave H says:

    Did you hear of any reported sightings of aurora on the 13th? I follow a space weather reporting site that has near real time data on things that cause aurora and radio disturbances. When the plasma cloud ejected by the flare struck the Earth it wasn’t nearly as energetic as aurora spotters had hoped it would be. I’m not aware of anything that was seen this far south.

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    1. Penny says:

      I didn’t hear anything about it. One day I hope I actually get to see full-blown northern lights!

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      1. Dave H says:

        You will. You just need a clue about when to look. Here’s a Twitter user who sends out what appear to be automated alerts when conditions look right: https://twitter.com/Aurora_Alerts
        The aurora page he links to is pretty informative.

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