The Sun Develops a ‘Coronal Hole’ as Big as 20 Earths
This is the second major hole observed on the Sun in the last 7 days.
A little over one year ago, I noted that there had been a substantial uptick in solar activity.
It is reported that the Sun has developed a massive “hole” 20 times larger than Earth, the second occurrence within the last seven days.
The coronal hole is unleashing solar winds of 2.9 million km/h toward Earth, which will hit our planet on Friday.
Scientists are carefully monitoring the situation to assess if the winds will impact our planet’s magnetic field and satellites – with the potential for knock-on effects on the internet, mobile phone networks, and GPS.
Coronal holes are usually harmless, experts say and are usually found near the sun’s poles.
They are cooler, less dense areas of the star and appear during the less active stage of the sun’s 11-year cycle.
The earlier hole, observed on March 23rd, resulted in solar winds that created auroras visible as far south as Arizona.
Coronal holes are regions of open magnetic fields that appear as dark areas in the corona – the outermost part of the sun’s atmosphere.
They appear dark on optical and X-ray images and are characterised by lower temperatures and density than the surrounding parts of the corona.
Some coronal holes are so big that they take up approximately one quarter of the sun’s surface.
Coronal holes were first spotted by NASA’s Skylab in the early 1970s, but scientists still aren’t completely sure what causes them to form.
They may appear at any time of the solar cycle – the cycle that the sun’s magnetic field goes through about every 11 years – but they are most common during the declining phase of the cycle.
What makes this hole of interest to scientists is its location, close to the equator.
Daniel Verscharen an associate professor of space and climate physics at University College London, said the location of the hole was “very interesting”.
“The shape of this coronal hole is not particularly special. However, its location makes it very interesting,” he told Business Insider.
“I would expect some fast wind from that coronal hole to come to Earth around Friday night into Saturday morning of this week.”
While the solar wind from the new is not expected to cause major disruptions, a solar flare this January fired out a red-hot plasma dome which caused a shortwave radio blackout in Australia and New Zealand.
If we were squandering money and resources on climate crisis pseudoscience, more effective methods of predicting and responding to Carrington events (first described after an 1859 solar flare strike) and studying the Sun might already be developed on their way to being so.
The Carrington Event sparked a huge geomagnetic storm that wreaked havoc with technology. Earth fell silent as telegraph communications around the world failed.
According to History.com(opens in new tab), there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines, operators receiving electric shocks and papers set ablaze by the rogue sparks.
Striking auroras dazzled skywatchers around the world as polar light shows stretched far beyond their usual ranges. The northern lights (aurora borealis) were witnessed as far south as Cuba and Honolulu, Hawaii, whilst the southern lights (aurora australis) were seen as far north as Santiago, Chile, according to National Geographic(opens in new tab).
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I told you we had to cut down on chlorofluorocarbon emissions on the sun or this would happen, but no. You didn’t listen. Now see what you did?
Americans really will measure in anything but the metric system.
I’m so proud.
Heh, you missed the ones about asteroids the size of x number of camels or tuna fish. 😉
Dammit, I was just going to ask you to express this in camels. like a civilized person.
I like the size comparison of asteroids to armadillo’s. Is this new fad just something scientists are doing to make some fun out of it? Where did this suddenly come from?
I have no idea, but I find it highly amusing. Leslie may weigh in here, as she is really our science expert. 🙂
I think measuring in camels was the first instance that originated in Israel.
Well, the camel one was a Purim joke by the Jpost.
A friend and I worked out c in furlongs per fortnight once.
Anyone can do metric. It takes a supple mind to work in English units. At least that is what I tell my Russian family.
Ah, but can you measure Nicki Haley’s beauty in millihelens?
See that swirling corona flowing in all directions? Even the most complex fluid dynamics models cannot predict how the Sun’s corona will flow, when it will erupt with ejections, when it will eddy or when it will produce massive Earth dwarfing holes.
That is basically the way weather and atmosphere moves. It flows and swirls and eddies. That is why climate is so damned difficult to model.
It’s called chaos. Solar weather and earth weather are chaotic systems, just like water being heated in a flask, using a bunsen burner.
There are all kinds of ways to make an experiment involving heating a flask work, and they all involve reducing the chaos by mixing the fluid to distribute the heat. It’s hugely entertaining to watch what happens when somebody fails to do that.
A “solar hole” as big as 20 earths? That’s hard to wrap your head around. I wonder how many armadillos that would work out to?
Metric, or customary armadillos?
Phenomena in space are always measured in Troi armadillos.
What do you mean? African or European Armadillos?
Next I’ll be telling us that this is also caused by people driving SUVs and carbon dioxide.
Neither. It’s racism.
The Sun is yellow and the hole is black.
Therefore, Asian on Black crime.
Asian = White, therefore White Supremacy.
I just created a new field of solar-racism.
“The Sun is yellow and the hole is black.”
Thanks…, now I have a Three Dog Night earworm.
Could be much worse. You could have gotten Rick rolled….
It’s Trumps fault
We need a new tax.
Yes, but of course. We need an excess profits tax on all American companies to please the Left.
How’s tihs for holes?
Durham bombshell: Prosecutor unveils smoking gun FBI text message, ‘joint venture’ to smear Trump
Confusing because that was apparently revealed a year ago. What’s the new revelation?
That’s a very old story. The trial has already been held and Sussman was acquitted. So this “bombshell” was not enough to convince a jury that a crime had been committed. Basically the evidence showed that FBI knew Sussman was lying, so he did not actually mislead them.
How do you NOT have a picture of the great Cornholio with this article?
Well I know where I am NOT going for vacation this summer.
Radio blackouts happen a few times a year, but they’re from Xray flares not solar wind. It ionizes the lower atmosphere where the mean free path is small enough to result in collision based energy loss in low frequency radio waves.
It’s those Republicans . . . they even caused climate change on the Sun!!
Youse are all sayin it’s political! It’s racist!! It’s trump!! I say youse are all wrong. It’s sexist!!!
I read something like we’ve had an order of magnitude more flares (maybe it was X-flares) in the last three months than all of last year. Sunspot Cycle 25 … it’s alive!!!
But if you’d enjoy a much prettier photo associated with high energy phenomena, try this photo of a beautiful glowing red ring over Italy on March 27.
Time to crank up the Soundgarden
Will there be a mandate for a new coronal vaccine?
Take it to wound care…. They’ll fix that right up
I assume Al Gore just visited the sun?
And yet here we are, rushing to replace cash for digital dollars…
Just one ZAP from the sun and your digital dollars are fried, never to be replaced. Folly!
Paper cash is smarter and electromagnetic bursts can’t touch it.
So, the question remains…
Why are we allowing the Gov to push digital dollars on us in the light that it is not protected against strong EMP fields from nuclear blasts or solar flares?
Hating man’s folly…
“Paper cash is smarter and electromagnetic bursts can’t touch it.”
Right. Only extremely uncustomary and freakish phenomena, like… um… fire.
How many armadillos is that?
It just takes one…
Protect trans suns.
Did you know back in the days of the Roman era, ’bout 2000 years ago, mobs of temple prostitutes and violent male nymphos would gather and forcefully take victims and impose themselves on their hapless victims?
If the victim couldn’t or wouldn’t put out, they were pulled apart from all four limbs.
Now imagine that with today’s trannys… Think it can’t happen? Even now the police just watch and do nothing…
Is it strange how extreme weather conditions occur just after high solar winds are emitted from the sun?
All of the armadillos in the world can’t stop it…
Posted this article back a week or so ago. We lucked out or you’d possibly be dead by now.
A Powerful Solar Eruption on Far Side of Sun Still Impacted Earth.
A massive eruption of solar material, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, was detected escaping from the Sun at 11:36 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2023. The CME erupted from the side of the Sun opposite Earth.
What happened on March 12 was similar to the 1859 outburst – only worse. Early estimates suggest that this explosion was ten to a hundred times more powerful than the one of 1859. Such events – if not quite so extreme — are not uncommon. One serious difference from 1859 was that explosion took place on the side of the sun facing away from earth. If it had been facing in our direction, if the earth had borne the full brunt of that blast, we can scarcely imagine the results. It’s likely that all operating electrical systems would have been immediately destroyed, the same as the telegraph systems in 1859. Any active electronic instruments – and possibly even those that happened to be shut down – would have been fried, transformed into useless hunks of plastic, metal, and silicon. The electrical and electronic networks (e.g., the Net) that form the framework of Third Millennial civilization would have been annihilated. Once they were destroyed, all power would vanish. Industry would grind to a halt. Massive amounts of data, including almost all financial data, would simply disappear. All methods of communication beyond voice range would no longer exist. It wouldn’t be a matter of waiting to be rescued by a government of any sort. Government would have shrunk to little more than a notion. The very tools on which relief, and even recovery, depend would simply have vanished. The consequences beggar the imagination. A new Dark Age would have been the best option to expect.
Um … Buy more analog guns and ammo, then? Is that what you’re suggesting?
And some more physical gold, too, might be prudent.
Could be the reason the Gog and Magog war (EZ 38-39) and the Battle of Armageddon are fought on horse back???