I admit that I’m not an expert on the sun, however, I have been watching the photos taken BY NOAA for a while (http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today2.html) and the image of the sun today is MOST ODD (see photo to the left, taken on March 16, 2011). There is no activity on the lower southern region, the right side looks like it is about to explode and the overall image looks rather dark. I can see ALOT of dense, dark areas under the surface – what’s up with that?
Professionals have told me these black areas can only be seen because a mass ejection has been released and then we see the result of a black area. This is usually an indicator that a solar flare is heading our way. These black areas are HUGE – abnormally so!
Solar flares are known to affect an array of items in and around earth. According to Stanford’s Solar Center “Some conditions in space have the potential to seriously affect us on Earth. We call these conditions “space weather”. The causes can include radiation storms and ejections from the Sun as well disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by the Sun. Besides triggering beautiful auroras, these solar storms can damage satellites, disrupt power grids and electrical systems, interfere with cell phones and other communications, and disturb animal movements. They can even threaten astronauts and high-flying airplanes with their radiation!” read more
The last time I check the sun photos was last week, on March 11th. Wow it was bright and wow… what is that dark region? At that time I was also surprised and sent a photo to an expert asking why there was such a large black space in the southern region. That was the night before the 9.0 earthquake hit Japan (see photo to the right – taken on March 11, 2011) -one of the four largest earthquakes ever recorded.
Although there is no right or wrong way for the sun to ‘look’. It normally has a more rounded look. The photo to the left was taken in Nov 2010. This is more similar to what is normally seen. There is little activity on this day…
Recent Earthquakes in the Honshu, Japan region:
- 03-15-2011 – 45 earthquakes
- 03-14-2011 – 61 earthquakes.
- 03-13-2011 – 98 earthquakes
- 03-12-2011 – 133 earthquakes
- 03-11-2011 – 116 earthquakes – the day of the 9.0 earthquake.
- 03-10-2011 – 10 earthquakes… I saw this before I went to bed on the 10th and commented that something odd was going on in Japan.
You can see this list of earthquakes at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.html
So, why gather all this data? Why look at the sun or track the earthquakes?
What does all this mean?
I really have no idea,
but I’m having fun!
Are you? 🙂
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