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June 13, 2012 / 74

Got Internet? (Solar Flare)


CHANCE OF FLARES: NOAA forcasters estimate a 40% chance of M-class solar flares today as a phalanx of sunspots turns toward Earth. The most likely source of geoeffective eruptions is sunspot AR1504, which has grown into an active region almost 10 times wider than Earth. Solar flare alerts: text, voice.

As predicted, the sunspot has flared. Magnetic fields above AR1504 erupted on June 13th at 1319 UT, producing a long-duration M1-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme UV glow of the blast:

The ongoing explosion is taking hours to unfold, which means it is very powerful despite its middling M1-peak. Long duration flares often hurl coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space, and this one is probably no exception. Stay tuned for updates about a possible Earth-directed CME.

(FYI 1319 UT = UT -5 = CDT or in plain American, 8:19 AM today)

I have satellite internet. Well… I USUALLY have satellite internet. This AM I had NO internet. My modem indicated power, system and LAN were good – no Xmit or Receive – which meant that whatever the problem was, it was Hughes Net’s problem. To verify, I called them and got nothing but busy signals. ;-D

I expect my internet to be “iffy” for at least the rest of the day, maybe into tomorrow or longer depending on a number of factors. The particle cloud of solar material (ejecta) may take as long as two days (+/-) to get to Earth.

And an amusing thought just occurred to me… I wonder how many “preppers” are now huddling in their bunkers? ;-D


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