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Huge Eruption on The Sun 30x the Length of Earth's Diameter

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Pistol, Jul 2, 2002.

  1. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,358 Likes Received: 298
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    A five frame sequence depicts a massive solar eruption, more than 30 times the length of Earth's diameter, blasted away from the Sun on July 1, 2002, and a satellite captured graphic images of the event. The eruption occurred at 13:19 GMT and showed up in a picture taken by one instrument of the SOHO satellite as a fiery-looking "leg" in the lower-left corner of the image, scientists said in a statement. The "leg" is what astronomers call an eruptive prominence, a loop of magnetic fields that trap hot gas inside. If eruptions like these are aimed at Earth, they can disturb Earth's magnetosphere, but this one was not directed at our planet, a spokesman for SOHO said. REUTERS/NASA/Handout


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    A massive solar eruption, more than 30 times the length of Earth's diameter, blasted away from the Sun on July 1, 2002, and was captured in a picture taken by the SOHO satellite. The a fiery-looking 'leg' in the lower-left corner of the image is what astronomers call an eruptive prominence, a loop of magnetic fields that trap hot gas inside. If eruptions like these are aimed at Earth, they can disturb Earth's magnetosphere, but this one was not directed at our planet, a spokesman for SOHO said. (NASA/Reuters


    Satellite Pictures Show Huge Eruption on Sun
    Mon Jul 1, 1:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive solar eruption, more than 30 times the length of Earth's diameter, blasted away from the sun on Monday, and a satellite captured graphic images of the event.

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    Reuters Photo


    The eruption occurred at 9:19 a.m. EDT and showed up in a picture taken by one instrument of the SOHO satellite as a fiery-looking "leg" in the lower-left corner of the image, scientists said in a statement.

    Pictures taken over the following 90 minutes by another SOHO instrument show a loopy-looking eruption taking place and then dispersing. All images are visible at the SOHO Web site, http://soho.nascom.nasa ( news - web sites).gov.

    The "leg" is what astronomers call an eruptive prominence, which is a loop of magnetic fields that trap hot gas inside. As this prominence became unstable, it erupted into the area around the sun and appeared to dissipate.

    If eruptions like these are aimed at Earth, they can disturb Earth's magnetosphere, but this one was not directed at our planet, a spokesman for SOHO said by telephone.

    SOHO -- short for Solar and Heliospheric Observatory -- is run by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency.

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  2. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    sorry, i was hanging out there and i farted... sorry folks...
     
  3. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    http://enterprise.aacc.cc.md.us/~chris/pictures/geeeeene.jpg'>
    "I am as big as the sun."
     
  4. uncle-boy

    uncle-boy Guest

    meanis bo beanis
     
  5. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest

    WHERE ALL GONNA DIE WHERE ALL GONNA DIE
     
  6. platapie

    platapie Guest

    thats cool looking. amzeing power of gasses right there.

    im amazed.
     
  7. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 8, 2002 Messages: 1,071 Likes Received: 0
    that is some interesting shit
     
  8. YinzerXpress

    YinzerXpress Guest

    thats some wild shit
     
  9. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 10,006 Likes Received: 27
    where?
     
  10. Canadiano

    Canadiano Guest

    what happens if it disturbs Earth's magnetosphere? Anyone know?
     
  11. Fabo 2

    Fabo 2 Guest

    what the fuck is a magnetosphere?
     
  12. d-town_bomber

    d-town_bomber Veteran Member

    Joined: May 20, 2001 Messages: 7,032 Likes Received: 2
    we get fucked
     
  13. Dyptheria

    Dyptheria Guest

    Earth has a strong internal magnetic field. The forcing by the solar wind is able to modify this field, creating a cavity called the magnetosphere. This cavity shelters the surface of the planet from the high energy particles of the solar wind. Solar wind streams off of the Sun in all directions at speeds of about 400 km/s (about 1 million miles per hour). The source of the solar wind is the Sun's hot corona. The temperature of the corona is so high that the Sun's gravity cannot hold on to it.

    So the concern with the magnetosphere is akin to concern with the ozone layer, since it protects us from harmful solar components
     
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