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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:12 AM

NASA Sees Monster Sunspot Growing Fast, Solar Storms Possible

Source: Yahoo News

A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths whole, and could trigger solar flares this week, NASA scientists say.

The giant sunspot was captured on camera by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory as it swelled to enormous proportions over the 48 hours spanning Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 19 and 20). SDO is one of several spacecraft that constantly monitor the sun's space weather environment.

"It has grown to over six Earth diameters across, but its full extent is hard to judge since the spot lies on a sphere, not a flat disk," wrote NASA spokeswoman Karen Fox, of the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in an image description.

The sunspot region is actually a collection of dark blemishes on the surface of the sun that evolved rapidly over the last two days. Sunspots form from shifting magnetic fields at the sun's surface, and are actually cooler than their surrounding solar material.

Read more: http://za.news.yahoo.com/nasa-sees-monster-sunspot-growing-fast-solar-storms-003249636.html

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dipsydoodle Feb 2013 OP
moobu2 Feb 2013 #1
davidpdx Feb 2013 #14
Orrex Feb 2013 #2
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #3
kentauros Feb 2013 #4
Berlum Feb 2013 #5
snooper2 Feb 2013 #6
Berlum Feb 2013 #7
snooper2 Feb 2013 #8
Berlum Feb 2013 #9
Smll_Ax3 Feb 2013 #11
Berlum Feb 2013 #12
Smll_Ax3 Feb 2013 #13
truthisfreedom Feb 2013 #10

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:10 AM

1. Photo.

The bottom two black spots are part of the same system that NASA says is rapidly expanding.


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Response to moobu2 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:54 AM

14. Wow, that is awesome

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:58 AM

2. Maybe it's your dishwashing liquid

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:18 AM

3. and NASA's budget will be cut how much in the sequester?

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:31 AM

4. Enough that whatever problems the sunspot causes,

can be directly blamed on Obama!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:54 AM

5. Huehueteotl has just been aroused at the Apex of the Pyramid of the Sun - Teotihuacan

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Response to Berlum (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:19 PM

6. I thought you already blamed the meteor on him

He only gets like one trick a month if I remember correctly

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:43 PM

7. Not blaming nothing on nobody - man, god or pyramid

Just stating the facts: Fire God disturbed at apex of Sun Pyramid. Badass Meteor strikes. Colossal solar storm stirred up.



You can draw any kind of idea you want from that. But you cannot argue that they have not happened in close sequence. They have. Those are the facts.

Is that just pure absolutely unrelated coincidence? Is it some Stupefyingly Stunning Synchrony on some cosmic order? Or is it somehow related to the Mayan calendar and what the traditional Native keepers of the ways have said would unfold at the start of the Fifth World?

I don't know and don't pretend to know. But I do think the facts and the timing are worthy of note. To blow them off with haughty derision is -- as my professors oft said -- the sure sign of an uncurious mind.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:48 PM

8. I had some water boil over while doing noodles a couple nights ago as well...

Posting so we keep track/have record of all these events

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:50 PM

9. Oh my. You will just have to accept responsibility for your own actions

Now if only the Republicans would embrace that value...

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Response to Berlum (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:46 PM

11. arent we supposed to make an offering to the fire god?

what to get a fire god that's already a god, for heavens sake?

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Response to Smll_Ax3 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM

12. They are fond of twigs

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Response to Berlum (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:54 PM

13. Mmmm lighter fluid

(in my best Homer impersonation...)

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:26 PM

10. I don't read "colossal" much in science stories.

Sounds like a big hairy deal.

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