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The One
5th August 2011, 06:57
http://www.newsbad.com/story/magnetosphere-alert/august20114834

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It appears that this anomaly coincided with a M6 solar flare procuced from sunspot 1261 at 13:47 UT.

It also triggered a R2 radio blackout temporarily and my technical equipment in Sweden flickered for a split second.

The worst hit though, did the Atlantic Ocean take. :o)

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap/Global.png

This CME is most likely earth directed and would be geo-effective together with the two earlier m-class flares allready inbound.

Buckle up, we're in for a bumpy ride.

If you like to monitor the solar flux; www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.html it updates automatically every minute in real-time.
Here; stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/browse/2011/08/03/ahead/cor2/2048/ is the latest STEREO ahead Core2 images with 30 minutes delay http://stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/browse/2011/08/03/ahead/cor2/2048/

Source http://www.newsbad.com/story/magnetosphere-alert/august20114834

Dawn
5th August 2011, 07:20
Thank you. I've been watching it too. I have been looking for old micowaves to act as faraday cages for my electronic equipment, and I found 2 by the local dumpster in the past 2 days. Today I cleaned them up and placed my computerized equipment in them. One of my computers is a large, old style, which runs a Rife frequency generator... I wrapped this in a padded aluminum blanket which can be purchased by the foot from the local hardware store (normally used as water heater insulation), then secured with aluminum tape. This is not a long term solution to the EMP radiation events expected to be coming from the sun over the next couple of years, however it is a good temporary solution. I am most concerned with my library, because I don't have room to store books and have scanned them all into electronic format. They are protected for now. The www.spaceweather.com site says these CMEs are expected to reach earth 8/5/11 at 10:00 UT plus or minus 7 hours. 'The impact on Earth is likely to be major."
STRONG SOLAR ACTIVITY: On August 4th, active sunspot 1261 unleashed a strong solar flare, the third in as many days. The blast, which registered M9.3 on the Richter Scale of Flares, hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) almost directly toward Earth. Click on the image to view a movie of the expanding cloud recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory:

http://www.spaceweather.com/images2011/04aug11/cme_04aug11.gif?PHPSESSID=jf0llassadi47e2l3gj4qtkd 24

Note: The many speckles in this movie are caused by energetic solar protons hitting the camera.

Moving at an estimated speed of 1950 km/s, this CME is expected to sweep up an earlier CME already en route. Analysts at the GSFC Space Weather Lab say the combined-CME should reach Earth on August 5th at 10:00 UT plus or minus 7 hours: "The impact on Earth is likely to be major. The estimated maximum geomagnetic activity index level Kp is 7 (Kp ranges from 0 - 9). The flanks of the CME may also impact STEREO A, Mars and Mercury/MESSENGER." High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

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Here is a link to a video of the blast from sunspot 1261: http://sdowww.lmsal.com/sdomedia/h264/2011/08/04/SSW_cutout_20110804T0340-20110804T0410_AIA_211-193-171_55777.mov