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Wacky Weather on the Sun

One reason for the wild summer weather around the globecould be that the sun is experiencing it as well. July of2004 has seen some unusual solar weather. The sunspot countas of July 17 was 142. A few daysago, sunspot 649, larger than Jupiter emitted an X-3 classsolar flare and sent a coronal mass ejection toward earth.

Scientists are...

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Superior Sunscreen Illegal Here

In Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, Mexico and Australia, people are using an incredibly effective sunscreen containing the ingredient Mexoryl, which is illegal in the U.S. "It produces a product which gives us almost perfect protection against sunshine, or at least as good as we can get at this time," says dermatologist Dr. Vincent Deleo...

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Close Call in November

The Sun nearly shut down the Earth last November when a wave of massive explosions on the Sun threatened power grids all over the world. This solar flare, which hasn't been measured until now, was so violent that satellite detectors were unable to record its true size. It shot charged electrical particles and gas into space at two million miles...

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Cracks in the Solar Shield

The Earth is surrounded by a magnetic shield that protects us from solar radiation. The problem is, it can leak. Researcher Harald Frey says, "We've discovered that our magnetic shield is drafty, like a house with a window stuck open during a storm. The house deflects most of the storm, but the couch is ruined." Can we safely colonize...
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NASA Building a Solar Shield

With solar storms at a historic high, NASA is worried about the radiation that's raining down on astronauts. They're developing a radiation shield that can be used on spacecraft, shuttles and the International Space Station.

NASA's Ed Semmes says, "Going anywhere in the solar system or universe will depend on protecting crews from...

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Magnetic Field Weakens When We Need it Most

The magnetic field that surrounds Earth is getting weaker, as the magnetic poles get ready to flip. The pole reversal happens at regular intervals, but it's coming at a bad time, since the magnetic field protects us from radiation from the sun, and solar flares are at a historic high right now.

As the sun revolves, the sunspot activity...

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Haarp to Become 4X More Powerful

Haarp, the research grid in Alaska, will quadruple in power over the next 3 years. The government claims it was designed to study the ionosphere in order to enhance civilian and military communications, but how it actually does this remains unclear. Some people say that Haarp is intended to control the weather. Others say it's a vast mind-...

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Did Crop Circle Predict Solar Storms?

The NASA website says: "Imagine you're in California. It's July, the middle of summer. The sun rises early; bright rays warm the ground. It's a great day to be outside. Then, suddenly, it begins to snow--not just a little flurry, but a swirling blizzard that doesn't stop for two weeks." According to solar physicist David Hathaway, "Something...

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Strange Changes in the Sky

As a rare Grand Sextile of planets takes place during a lunar eclipse, enormous explosions continue on the sun. They are now taking place on the backside, as sunspot area 484 moves around to the back of the star, so they will not have dire effects on the Earth. The Grand Sextile traces a six-sided star in the sky, and for it to take place...

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So the Sun's Going Nuts?Who Cares?

In Whitley's new journal,he writes: "The sun is in the most unusual state that has ever been observed. At a time when it should be recording greatly diminished sunspot activity, the most active sunspot ever observed has just finished crossing its face. The largest solar flare ever recorded?by far?exploded out of this sunspot on November 4. [But...

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Sun Most Active in 1,000 Years

There have been more sunspots since the 1940s than for the past 1150 years. Does this mean the Sun is changing?

Jenny Hogan writes in New Scientist that geophysicist Ilya Usoskin discovered this from reconstructing the history of sunspot activity for the past 1500 years. Sunspot observations date from the 17th century, when the...

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Sun Keeps on Storming

Auroras have been photographed as far south as Houston midway through one of the most unusual solar events ever recorded. The earth's magnetic field is at present extremely thin and pushed back far from the sunward side of the planet by the powerful solar wind. Therefore, it is possible that significantly higher than expected radiation levels...

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Solar Storms Make Flying Less Safe

This week we've been reporting about a huge solar flare which will aim towards the Earth on Friday, October 24. According to NOAA, this sunspot cluster was supposed to produce a G3 solar storm, but it will actually be a G5, which is the strongest. A second sunspot cluster, that's not yet visible from Earth, could produce more geomagnetic storms...

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Sunspot the Size of Jupiter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Environment Center has issued an Official Space Weather Advisory stating that two very intense centers of activity have emerged on the sun. One of them, Sunspot 484, has grown into one of the biggest sunspots in years, and it's now about the size of the planet Jupiter. It may...

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Global Warming: Less Solar Influence in the Future

After studying at the last 11,000 years of solar activity, astrophysicist Mark Clilverd says the sun's contribution to climate change on Earth will reduce slightly over the next 100 years. For the past century, we've had large numbers of solar flares, sunspots and geomagnetic storms, all of which increase global warming.

The sun's...

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Is Sunshine Good for Us?or Not?

Suicide rates worldwide are at the highest in the summer, and it turns out it's not just because of the heat. But people who get more sun actually have less cancer, so what's a person to do?

Elizabeth Svoboda writes in Discover Magazine about Australian neurochemist Gavin Lambert, who says that extended exposure to bright sunlight may...

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Solar Flares Now Strike Without Warning

Robert Roy Britt writes in that the SOHO spacecraft, which warns us about large solar flares, has a stuck antenna which causes blackout periods, when it can't send home data. If a giant solar flare should occur?and there have been many during the last few years?we would have no warning about interrupted satellite communications. Solar...

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Pole Flip on the Sun

There's evidence that the Earth's magnetic poles are about to flip. What's interesting is this: it's already happened on the Sun. Like the Earth, it has a north and south pole. But for nearly a month, beginning in March 2000, the Sun's south magnetic pole faded, and a north pole emerged to take its place, so the Sun had two north poles. By May...

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Sun May be One Reason it's Getting Hotter

Due to global warming, the Earth is heating up. And the greater the population, the warmer it gets. Proof of this has come from records of the air temperature over Houston, Texas, as compare to the air over nearby rural areas. One reason for overall global warming, aside from the usual culprits, may be that the Sun is getting hotter as well....

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Solar X Flare To Cause Magnetic Storms, Lower Earth Temperatures

On March 17, magnetic fields above Sunspot 314 erupted with an X-1 class solar flare. X level solar flares are the strongest, with the capability of creating protracted solar storms on earth, with radio blackouts and electromagnetic damage. However, X-1 is the least powerful of these great flares, and this one was not aimed directly at earth...

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Sun to Explode in Six Years?Not!

Recently a rumor has been racing around the internet that Dutch astrophysicist Dr. Piers van der Meer has announced that the sun is going to explode in six years. This rumor started with an article published on the Weekly World News website, which has since been withdrawn.

The article was repeated on Yahoo News, but in the entertainment...

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Did Solar Wind Affect Shuttle?

This message comes from Henry Willis, who will be interviewed on Dreamland Saturday, February 8 about his book, Earth's Future Climate: "On Jan 31, several C and on minor M Class solar flares were observed. The solar wind striking the Earth increased from 390 km/sec. to over 1,000 km/sec. This increase in solar wind hit the Earth precisely at...

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Lottery Influenced by Sunspots

Most states now have lotteries and some countries, like France and Spain, have had them for centuries. Russian astrophysicist Mark Zilberman realized that numerical lotteries are a perfect way to measure the degree of ESP in a random population, because millions of tickets are sold randomly every week and results are published independently....

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Space Weather Changes Our Weather

Long-term climate changes, as well as our daily weather, are linked to the sun's activity. We're especially affected by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are huge bubbles of electrified gas. "Coronal mass ejections are the hurricanes of space," says astronomer Nancy Crooker. "They have strong magnetic fields that link to the earth's field,...

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Sun Storms on the Rise

The NOAA Space Environment Center has issued a bulletinwarning that a major sunspot region is raging on the part ofthe sun that's visible from the Earth. This same area hasbeen the source of 3 other powerful coronal mass ejections, startingJuly 16. Significant solar activity is expected during the next 2weeks.

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Sunshine Brings Good Health

Weather fluctuations can have subtle and dangerous effects on your health, including a small increased risk of stroke, cancer or mental illness.

After looking at 3,289 first-time stroke sufferers in Dijon, France, researchers found there were fewer strokes in warmer months and more strokes overall when there was a drop in temperature...

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Ring Around the Sun

A newly detected disk around the sun could narrow down our search for other star systems that might have planets orbiting around them.

Astronomers with the European Space Agency say they?ve found the first direct evidence of the bright dust ring, which is located beyond the orbit of Saturn. Young stars are known to have thick bands of...

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Earth Will Last a Little Longer

The Earth has been granted a reprieve and will probably escape being swallowed up when the Sun dies in about 7.5 billion years. New calculations actually extend the length of time the Earth will be habitable by 200 million years.

In the end, the surface of the planet will become too hot for life to survive. Earth-dwellers will have to...

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X-1 Class Solar Flare Erupts

A powerful X-1 Class solar flare has erupted out of sunspot area 9661 early on October 19. It triggered strong radio blackouts across Asia.

The sun experienced an expected shift of its polarity on February 15. Afterward, it was expected that the current solar max would wind down. However, the sun has remained in a highly active state,...

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X-Class Solar Flare Hurls Coronal Mass Ejection Our Way

At 5:38 AM EST an X-Class solar flare erupted near sunspot 9632. A radiation storm is now in progress, and is intensifying. Some radio blackouts are possible.

The flare also emitted a very large Coronal Mass Ejection into space. This CME will pass earth on Tuesday or Wednesday, and is likely to trigger magnetic storms.


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