It appears Tuesday's massive solar eruption is already impacting communications in southern China and may disrupt satellites in orbit and electrical grids on the ground over the next few days. The X-class flare is the most powerful seen in four years.
Class X solar flare--the largest category of solar flash--was ejected from a Jupiter-sized sun spot Tuesday, sending a missile of charged plasma particles hurtling toward earth at speeds of more than 550 miles per second. It's actually one of three coronal mass ejections (CMEs) headed this way--two smaller ones preceded it--and is expected to reach the Earth's orbit sometime tonight.
The China Meteorological Administration reported that the solar storm has already disrupted shortwave radio signals in southern China, causing "sudden ionospheric disturbances that jammed signals.
"Ground to air, ship to shore, shortwave broadcast and amateur radio are vulnerable to disruption during geomagnetic storms," the U.S. National Weather Service said in a statement regarding the incoming solar activity. "Navigation systems like GPS can also be adversely affected."
But as in all storms, solar or otherwise, dark clouds always have silver lining. The British Geological Survey reports that the increased solar activity should bring spectacular Northern Lights displays further south than usual, dazzling Brits with a rare view of a really active aurora borealis. Hopefully the lights in the sky won't be the only ones left burning after the solar flare hits.
I am expecting a massive CME Dec 21 2012. That is what I believe the Mayan calendar marks. The future storm will be strong enough to cause lightning.
The Maya calendar marks that in 2012 the sun will be lined up with the galactic center which modern science has verified. Granted we can't predict if there will be a cme then but that isn't the prediction. I personally can't wait for 2012. hopefully something big enough will happen soon to cause a paradigm shift in the attitudes of much of our species.
@TheScotsman We are responsible for our own change. Relegating it to some natural phenomena, denying responsibility and wallowing in our collective procrastination is the cause of much of our problems in the first place.
Sam6302, if the end of the mayan long count calendar in 2012 marks anything, its that its time to go out and buy a new mayan calendar to last you for the next 5000 years.
I remember my first apocalypse.
Clifford, rofl, Y2K was my favorite apocalypse
my favorite apocalypse was Obama getting elected.
my god you poeple are sad...
do you want to know whats going to happen on Dec 21 2012? well I'll tell you teh clocks going to hit 12:59 and then... its going to become dec 22! just like 1900, 2000, 2001 and ever other time some group of nut jobs gets it into there heads teh world is going to end and it doesn't
sorry guys if you knew anything about the real manya calender you you would understand how stupid you sound right now. first off Manya's lived throw many such ends of the world, they happen every 316 year after all. also theres the fact that Manya calenders don't end they just flip over and start again. and the biggest croc of them allis when does the calender end is only a wild guess and in fact there is more then one guess at when the calender turns over. (but that one was in the 1800's but no one taks about that because it doesn't make a good story,
this all this is, a story people use to make less informed people believe them.
simply put the Manya calender has nothing at all to do with western idea of the end of the world THE END. it's just sad little people who take things completely out of context and thats all.
@Clifford what one was your first? Mine was Y2K.
Yeah... the Hale-Bopp was the first one i remember. The Heaven’s Gate cult felt this was their signal to commit mass suicide in March of 1997. The cult believed the companion object was a spaceship coming to pick them up only to be reached by leaving their Earthly vessels behind.
Less publicity than Y2K and 2012 but the same people always fall for it.
@dex drako: While I agree with the overall statement you make, you would be just a tad more credible if you use proper punctuation, spell your words correctly, use proper capitalization, and in general, use the English language correctly.
But you do have a good point. No one knows what will happen. Personally, I predict nothing. The world will move on, people will get more greedy, wars will start and end, etc.
@invader zim I agree with you wholeheartedly, my excitement for 2012 stems from our witnessing the lining up from the galactic center, I should have worded my previous comment better as well I merely meant I'm hopeful the events of the near future will be able to instigate sufficient change to some of the more depraved areas of our civilization.
Where are the STEREO images of this event?? Isn't this the exact reason they are up there?
the "end of the world" senerio that people don't realize will happen is that on 12/21/12 the election of Palin/Beck will be officially recognized and they will announce that their first order of business with the GOP controlled House and Senate is to deny brodcasting license to all but FoxNews, make 8-track tapes manditory on ALL vehicles, close our borders to Chinese imports completely and make Rupert Murdock SecCom and Bill O'Rielly the press secretary.
Ha. Yes! Take that China!!... Now is our chance to nuke em'!
Palin/Beck can't be elected then. The anti-Christ is still in office and won't let free elections be held.
I am looking for some hot Mayan babes for the 2013 calenders. Hopefully I can sell them before December 2012.
Anyway, I survived the Cuban crisis and 1994, and Y2K. My folks survived two world wars and covert wars. But, MSE do make a very possible disaster scenario. Not sure foil hats will help caradoc01, it isn't working so far. You can take yours off.