THE DAILY MAIL DID A BANG-UP JOB REPORTING THIS.
Each image shows a different wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights a different temperature of material on the sun. By comparing different images, scientists can better understand the movement of solar matter and energy during a flare
'Given the impulsive nature of this event, as well as the source location on the eastern limb of the sun, we are not expecting a radiation storm at Earth,' scientists with the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado
IT PRODUCED THE ENERGY OF 10 BILLION HIROSHIMA BOMBS GOING OFF SIMULTANEOUSLY!
THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE!
NASA TIME LAPSE OF THE EVENT.
LOOK HOW SMALL EARTH IS IN COMPARISON TO THAT FLARE!
A WARNING SHOT?
Yesterday Kazunari Shibata, an astrophysicist from Kyoto University in Japan, said the sun has the potential to unleash a flare of such a magnitude that it would be larger than anything humans have ever seen.
At the Space Weather Workshop in Colorado, Shibata said 'superflares,' that contain energy 1,000 times larger than what we have seen could be on their way.
He said there is evidence of this happening every 800 to 5,000 years on Earth,
Scientists say such a solar 'super-storm' would pose a 'catastrophic' and 'long-lasting' threat to life on Earth.
A superflare would induce huge surges of electrical currents in the ground and in overhead transmission lines, causing widespread power outages and severely damaging critical electrical components.
The largest ever solar super-storm on record occurred in 1859 and is known as the Carrington Event, named after the English astronomer Richard Carrington who spotted the preceding solar flare.
This massive CME released about 1022 kJ of energy - the equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs exploding at the same time - and hurled around a trillion kilos of charged particles towards the Earth at speeds of up to 3000 km/s.
However, its impact on the human population was relatively benign as our electronic infrastructure at the time amounted to no more than about 124,000 miles (200,000 km) of telegraph lines.
SUCH AN EVENT TODAY WOULD CERTAINLY TAKE OUT OUR AILING OLD POWER GRID HERE IN THE U.S.!
Nasa has also released incredible footage showing the sun unleashing a huge lick of plasma that increased the star's visible hemisphere by almost half.
WATCH THAT UPPER LEFT CORNER!
This particular filament is unusually large, spanning millions of kilometers. The phenomenon was observable for a span of about six hours (the video has been sped up, but you can see the time stamp at the bottom). It did not erupt in the Earth's direction and poses no danger to the planet or spacecraft in its orbit.
It was observed by both NASA and the European Space Agency, using their orbital Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Soho offered the best view of the event through its two Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraphs (LASCOs) and made it into the video. One coronograph took a closer look, filming the corona out to 8.4 kilometers. Its part is colored red in the NASA video. The other took a wider shot, with a 45-million kilometer pan, colored blue in the video.THERE WAS ALSO A VERY IMPRESSIVE CORONAL MASS EJECTION IN NOVEMBER, 2014, QUITE UNUSUAL IN SHAPE.
THE WEBSITE PHYS.ORG HAS A VIDEO OF THE SUN'S FANLIKE TENDRILS (IN PHOTO BELOW) WHICH YOU MAY VIEW AND READ ABOUT BY <CLICKING HERE>
THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL SOLAR-RELATED ARTICLES AT THAT SITE.
THERE IS ALSO A SOLAR TERRESTRIAL ACTIVITY PAGE WHERE ALL COLLECTED DATA ON THE SUN; CURRENT ACTIVITY ARE COLLECTED, <CLICK HERE>.
NASA HAS SEVERAL ONLINE WEBSITES WITH EXCITING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS, INFORMATION, NEWS OF ITS PROJECTS.
THE TEA ROOM SINCERELY HOPE THE $300 MILLION THAT CONGRESS JUST TOOK AWAY FROM NASA BECAUSE THE GOP DISAGREES WITH NASA STUDYING CLIMATE CHANGE WILL NOT REMOVE THOSE WEBSITES.
I SPEND HOURS WITH NASA ONLINE EACH WEEK AND DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE LIVE SOHO CAMERAS.
I JUST WISH NASA WOULD KEEP THE CAMERAS TRAINED WHEN "ODD THINGS" APPEAR!
[SEE THE DAY THEY KILLED SOHO TO SEE WHAT I MEAN.]