17 April 2012 Up in the sky!
Spaceeweather.com has an amazing video of a CME taking place yesterday.
SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION (UPDATED): Magnetic fields on the sun's northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16th, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths
The explosion, which registered M1.7 on the Richter Scale of solar flares, was not Earth-directed, but it did hurl a CME into space. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have analyzed the trajectory of the cloud and found that it will hit NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft, the Spitzer space telescope, and the rover Curiosity en route to Mars. Planets Venus and Mars could also receive a glancing blow.
Using data from SDO, Steele Hill of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center assembled a must-see movie of the event. It shows the explosion unfolding at 304Å, a wavelength which traces plasma with a temperature around 80,000 K.”
Please visit Spaceweather.com and enjoy the videos of this immense CME.
The morning intruded at 0430 and I am running on a huge sleep deficit with a lot of pain. I rarely nap but today is a good day to try. Strawberry season is about to open. We took the last of last year’s frozen berries out of the freezer last night.