Spectacular CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)

One of these days!

From Spaceweather:

MAGNIFICENT ERUPTION:  On August 31st, a magnetic filament on the sun erupted in spectacular fashion, producing a long-duration solar flare, a coronal mass ejection (CME) and one of the most beautiful movies of an explosion ever recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.  The CME propelled by the blast might deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field in the days ahead.  

The explosion hurled a CME away from the sun traveling faster than 500 km/s (1.1 million mph). The cloud, shown here, is not heading directly toward Earth, but it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field on or about September 3rd. This date is preliminary and may be changed in response to more data from coronagraphs on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Stay tuned.

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3 Responses to Spectacular CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)

  1. EXCHIEF says:

    Not effecting the amateur radio HF bands yet…in fact conditions are pretty good right now. We’ll see in a couple of days. Get that General Class license Father so you can join in the fun!

  2. introibo says:

    When I first saw this headline, I thought it was about protestors being thrown out of a Mass for the installment of a bishop…

  3. VexillaRegis says:

    @Introibo: Reading too fast, as usual, I thought it was about at mass-eviction of people from a Mass somewhere! Gosh. Good for us that it was a stellar and not an earthly event.