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  • When Seconds Count, Police Are Just Minutes Away – and That’s Why Kids Die

    03/31/2023 10:06:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2023 | Joy Overbeck
    There are many fierce, hungry tigers living near your home and they are stalking your children. How best to protect your young ones: declaw the tigers, or equip your home with strong defenses so they cannot enter, and if they do they will be stopped dead? This is the essential question tragically raised once again in the bloody wake of the Tennessee Christian elementary school massacre. Anti-gun media talking heads, Democrat legislators, government officials, teachers’ Union chieftain Randi Weingarten, and Democrat gun-haters in general as usual are claiming the only way to stop these horrific attacks is declaw the tigers...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Aurora Over Arctic Henge

    03/27/2023 1:17:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies ^ | 27 Mar, 2023 | Image Credit & Copyright: Cari Letelier
    Explanation: Reports of powerful solar flares started a seven-hour quest north to capture modern monuments against an aurora-filled sky. The peaks of iconic Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn in northern Iceland were already aligned with the stars: some are lined up toward the exact north from one side and toward exact south from the other. The featured image, taken after sunset late last month, looks directly south, but since the composite image covers so much of the sky, the north star Polaris is actually visible at the very top of the frame. Also visible are familiar constellations including the Great Bear...
  • Solar storm smashes hole in Earth’s magnetosphere, triggering extremely rare pink auroras

    11/07/2022 5:04:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Harry Baker
    On Nov. 3 a solar storm caused a temporary crack in Earth's magnetic field. The resulting hole enabled energetic particles to penetrate deep into the planet's atmosphere and set off extremely rare pink auroras. An explosion of extremely rare pink auroras recently lit up the night sky above Norway after a solar storm slammed into Earth and ripped a hole in the planet's magnetic field. The breach enabled highly energetic solar particles to penetrate deeper into the atmosphere than normal, triggering the unusual colored lights. The stunning light show was spotted Nov. 3 by a tour group led by Markus...
  • Former Colorado social worker faces mounting accusations she 'baselessly' separated kids from parents

    08/28/2022 7:39:57 PM PDT · by heartwood · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/22 | Emma Colton
    A former Colorado social worker and ex-romantic partner of an ousted police chief has been accused of "baselessly, falsely, and unconstitutionally" working to separate children from their families in a lawsuit filed by an Aurora councilwoman. So far, several parents have come forward to let us know that they also had their children taken away from them as a result of Robin Niceta’s actions related to their cases whether by what they believe to be false testimony during court or what they believe to be false reports," Elliot Singer, the lawyer who prepared the lawsuit, said earlier this week, according...
  • Powerful solar flare lashes Earth, causes radio blackout across Europe and Africa

    08/27/2022 10:30:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Live Science ^ | 08/27/2022 | y Elizabeth Howell
    Yet another series of solar flares(opens in new tab) series shimmied out from the sun on Friday (Aug. 26) after a dazzling show of green-hued auroras(opens in new tab) crashed through the atmosphere just days ago. "Sunspot AR3089 is crackling with a series of intensifying M-class [moderate] solar flares," in new tab) said in a Friday update. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an especially powerful flare at 7:16 a.m. EDT (1116 GMT) as populations in Europe and Africa experienced a brief radio blackout. A huge ejection of charged particles from the sun(opens in new tab), known as a coronal...
  • Northern Light Live Sodankylä, Finland

    08/25/2022 2:16:00 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 16 replies
    Starlapland ^ | 8/25/2022
    I recall a while back an aurora borealis video (also from Finland) I shared met with a good share of enthusiastic replies. So here is a website with live stream. Click on the image to get to the site, or to YouTube where the stream is anyways. Not much going on there now as I post this. Might be worth a bookmark though.
  • A "cannibal" solar ejection heading straight for Earth could bring northern lights as far south as Illinois and trigger power voltage issues

    08/17/2022 1:07:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | AUGUST 17, 2022 / 1:38 PM / | Li Cohen
    One of those bursts, called a coronal mass ejection, or CME, is expected to collide and consume another, creating what's called a cannibal CME event. According to The Weather Channel, these events can spark strong geomagnetic storms — and in this case, it's headed in our direction. NOAA expects that the CMEs will hit on Thursday, but before they do, the agency said that Earth will also be blasted on Wednesday with relatively fast solar winds, known as a recurrent coronal hole high speed stream. The solar winds alone could trigger a minor geomagnetic storm on Wednesday, but those conditions...
  • 'Cannibal' solar flares may bring auroras as far south as New York

    08/16/2022 4:58:21 PM PDT · by John W · 32 replies
    SPACE.COM ^ | August 16, 2022 | Tereza Pultarova
    The sun has spat out two clouds of plasma in the past two days, which might trigger beautiful aurora displays observable much farther south than usual. The two coronal mass ejections (CMEs), eruptions of charged particles from the sun's upper atmosphere known as the corona, burst from the sun on Aug. 14 and 15 respectively, according to the U.K. forecaster Met Office (opens in new tab). As the CMEs cross the 900,000-mile (150 million kilometers) distance between the star and our planet, they might cannibalize each other, according to (opens in new tab), creating a single super powerful CME....
  • 'STEVE' descends on North America after surprise solar storm

    08/09/2022 6:38:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | Brandon Specktor
    STEVE (short for "strong thermal velocity enhancement") is a long, thin line of hot gas that slices through the sky for hundreds of miles. The hot air inside STEVE can blaze at more than 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius) and move roughly 500 times faster than the air on each side of it, satellite observations have shown. Whereas the northern lights occur when charged solar particles bash into molecules in Earth's upper atmosphere, STEVE appears much lower in the sky, in a region called the subauroral zone. That likely means solar particles aren't directly responsible for STEVE, Live Science...
  • Huge, potentially disruptive sunspot will swing round to face Earth this weekend

    08/06/2022 9:24:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | 08/05/2022 | y Jamie Carter
    The spot is so big it's changing the way the sun vibrates, according to If the dark spot hurls a blob of plasma at Earth, it could disrupt our magnetic field, affecting GPS and communication satellites orbiting close to Earth as well as airplane navigation systems. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center issued a forecast for an unsettled geomagnetic field around Earth on Aug. 6 and 7, which could means auroras, though whether it becomes a full-blown solar storm is not yet clear. The telltale vibrational changes showed up in a helioseismic map near...
  • Leading space science expert predicts a 'direct hit' on Earth from a solar storm

    07/18/2022 12:01:57 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    Interesting Engineering ^ | 7/17/22 | Loukia Papadopoulos
    It has been a busy time for solar activity. Back in March of 2022, Earth was hit by separate geomagnetic storms, according to government weather agencies in the U.S. and the U.K. Though the geomagnetic storms likely didn't cause any harm, they brought into focus the potential harm that could come from more powerful storms in the future. Then earlier this month, a G1-class geomagnetic storm hit the Earth, causing bright auroras over Canada. The only problem is that nobody saw this storm coming until it was quite late. Five days ago, a giant sunspot and filaments on the solar...
  • Auroras Incoming? Giant Sunspot Has Doubled in Size and Is Pointed Right at Earth

    06/30/2022 6:28:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | By ANDY TOMASWICK, UNIVERSE TODAY | JUNE 30, 2022
    Sun AR3038 Composite image of the Sun’s surface on 6/21/22. AR3038 can be seen in the upper right. Credit: NOAA’s Space Weather Forecast Office Sunspots are usually not a cause for concern, even if they double in size overnight and grow to be twice the size of the Earth itself. That’s exactly what happened with Active Region 3038 (AR3038), a sunspot that happens to be facing Earth and could emit some minor solar flares. While there’s no reason to worry, it does mean a potentially exciting event could happen – spectacular auroras. Although astrophysicists consistently point out that sunspots like...
  • DeSantis beats Trump in 2024 straw poll a second time at Colorado conservative summit

    06/05/2022 7:33:00 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 170 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5 June 2022 | Thomas Phippen
    Gov. Ron DeSantis once again swept a straw poll for 2024 presidential candidates at a Colorado conservative conference Saturday, beating out former former President Donald Trump and other possible contenders. The attendees of the Western Conservative Summit, organized by the Centennial Institute, a think tank associated with Colorado Christian University, approved of a potential DeSantis candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at 71%, with Trump coming in at 67%. The straw poll was conducted based on an "approval" system, which allowed attendees to vote for more than one candidate that they could support. DeSantis won the 2024 straw poll last...
  • DeSantis beats Trump in conservative summit’s 2024 straw poll for second time

    06/06/2022 10:27:09 PM PDT · by rintintin · 129 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/22 | CHLOE FOLMAR
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) bested former President Trump for the second year in a row in a 2024 presidential election straw poll conducted Saturday. The poll was taken at the Western Conservative Summit in Aurora, Colo …
  • A 'mixed up' sunspot just fired off a huge solar flare

    05/10/2022 6:51:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | May 10, 2022 | Elizabeth Howell
    Amplified aurora displays are possible if a coronal mass ejection of charged particles emerges from the "mixed-up" sunspot AR3006, which pointed its flaring blast toward Earth Tuesday (May 10) at 9:55 a.m. EDT (1355 GMT). The flare was caught on camera by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and spurred a radio emission alert by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), amid a reported shortwave radio blackout in the Atlantic Ocean region. AR3006's polarity is the reverse of what scientists are expecting, which makes the sunspot "interesting and dangerous," stated. (Sunspot polarity is governed by the current solar cycle.) "If...
  • Sun Blasts Out 3 Powerful Bursts of Energy in Last 24 Hours [1 X and 2 Ms]

    05/05/2022 3:03:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | MAY 4, 2022 | NASA
    HOME SPACE NEWS Sun Blasts Out 3 Powerful Bursts of Energy in Last 24 Hours TOPICS:NASASolar Dynamics ObservatorySolar FlareSun By NASA MAY 4, 2022 NASA SDO Solar Flare May 4 2022 NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the center of the image – on May 4, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares, and which is colorized in yellow. Credit: NASA/SDO In the last 24 hours, the sun emitted two M-class solar flares and one X-class...
  • Sunny week ahead! Solar flare causes [shortwave] radio blackout over southeast Asia and Australia

    04/18/2022 12:52:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Free Press Journal ^ | Updated on: Monday, April 18, 2022, 04:10 PM IST
    On Sunday, a strong shortwave radio blackout occurred over southeast Asia and Australia due to a solar flare hurled from the sun. Seems like Solar activity is again picking up pace after a geomagnetic storm hit earth. It is interrupted that the sun is likely to erupt with more flares this week. The X1 class flare was accompanied by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from a cluster of active sunspots that have produced significant flaring prior to appearing on the eastern limb of the sun. CMEs are huge bubbles of radiation and particles from the sun. They explode into space...
  • Solar Storm To Hit Earth, Prompting Monitoring by Airlines, Electric Grid Operators (Wednesday Night)

    04/05/2022 4:37:56 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 4-5-2022
    A solar storm will sweep across the Earth Wednesday night, raising prospects of dazzling Northern Lights visible as far south as Chicago while prompting airlines and electric-grid operators to step up monitoring of the potentially damaging geomagnetic activity. Solar eruptions—called coronal mass ejections—burst from the sun in two waves Monday and are building up enough energy to potentially become a level 3 geomagnetic storm when it hits, according to Rob Steenburgh, a space scientist with the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center. Solar storms, like hurricanes, are ranked on a five-step scale, with one being the weakest and five the strongest....
  • Giant 'Cannibal' Solar Eruption Streaking Towards Earth May Light Up The Skies

    03/31/2022 5:33:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 31 MARCH 2022 | BEN TURNER
    Composite image of solar prominence on 31 August 2012. (NASA/SDO/GSFC) The dazzling northern lights could light up the skies as far south as the northern United States after the detection of 17 solar eruptions blasting from a single sunspot, two of which are headed straight to Earth. The two Earth-directed eruptions have merged into a "cannibal coronal mass ejection" and are barreling toward us at 1,881,263 miles per hour (3,027,599 kilometers per hour). When it crashes into the Earth's magnetic field on the night of March 30, the result will be a powerful G3 geomagnetic storm, according to The National...
  • Earth braces for solar storm, potential aurora displays

    03/30/2022 4:25:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 03/30/2022 | Tereza Pultarova
    A powerful solar storm is set to hit Earth on Thursday (March 31) with spectacular aurora displays accompanying it after the sun fired nearly 20 flares from a single sunspot in just two days. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that two coronal mass ejections (CMEs), spat out from the overactive sunspot AR2975, on Monday (March 28), are heading toward our planet and might trigger a geomagnetic storm rated as G3 on NOAA's five-point scale.