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A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, SDO the space telescope designed to study the sun released it’s first images this week and they are spectacular.

Launched on February 11th from Cape Canaveral, the observatory has spent the past two months moving into a geosynchronous orbit and activating its instruments. As soon as SDO’s telescope doors opened, the spacecraft began beaming back scenes so beautiful and puzzlingly complex that even seasoned observers were stunned, reported NASA.

“The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) is performing splendidly,” reports HMI principal investigator Phil Scherrer of Stanford University. “We’re getting very high-quality, high signal-to-noise data.”

The Extreme UV Variability Experiment (EVE) is online, too, “and we’re getting great data as well,” says principal investigator Tom Woods of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

EVE monitors the sun where it is most variable—in the extreme UV part of the electromagnetic spectrum. At these wavelengths, the brightness of the sun can rise and fall a hundredfold in the blink of an eye, heating and “puffing up” Earth’s upper atmosphere, and dragging down satellites. EVE measures these changes with unprecedented time and spectral resolution.  http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/21apr_firstlight/

HMI and EVE and the entire SDO seems to be operating splendidly, but unfortunately it took three weeks for NASA to reveal any images. Unprecedented time should allow for real time images, but us mere earthlings will have to wait another month for daily images.  The implications of such detailed events on the sun will surely have this tinfoil hat wearing observer looking to coordinate data, to earth events like volcano’s and earthquakes.

The observatory is still being commissioned, and a good deal of testing and calibration remains to be done before regular, daily images become available in mid-May.

SOHO MDI Image. A bald sun for today.

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 8 days
2010 total: 15 days (13%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)
Since 2004: 785 days
Typical Solar Min: 485 days via http://www.spaceweather.com/

All looks calm on the sun today, unless you look at the images from STEREO from behind. 

Itunes offers a free app for SOHO (SOHO Viewer) and also STEREO (3D Sun) and for $1.99 the Solar Monitor app is well worth it in providing additional information with the images.  All three are in near real time.

Someone needs to comes up with an application that links solar activity to earthquakes and volcano’s, but it won’t be me.  Maybe take it farther to coordinate with seismographs around the world?

If one exists, do tell or share your favorite app or link in the comment section for space and science news.

While the sun has had no sunspots for 8 days, here on the 3rd planet  from the sun, Earth is still tumultuous.

There have been three 5+M Earthquakes this morning alone: Bio Bio Chile 5.9M, Eastern New Guinea 5.3M, Guam 5.4.

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has ongoing eruptions. http://en.vedur.is/Much of Europe air travel seems to be operational, either flying above or below the invisible ash cloud. The Shiveluch, and Kliuchevskoi volcano’s in Russia are showing increased seismic activity and increased thermal anomalies as well. 

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world at http://www.gdacs.org/ 

A pat on the back to The Solar Dynamics Observatory team.  Now get busy so we can see what’s going on up there, because down here the Earth sure seems pissed.  

Mmmm, I wonder if you turned the SDO toward earth for images what we would discover. 

Don’t for forget about the LYRID METEOR SHOWER: It peaked yesterday, April 22nd and is caused by the Earth passing through a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). The best time to look is during the hours before dawn.

For more information about NASA TV downlinks and streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

Solar Dynamics Observatory — home page

SDO, The Variable Sun Mission — (Science@NASA)

HT to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/04/21/solar-dynamics-observatory-first-images-to-be-released-today/

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Space Weather Events

Previously issued Geomagnetic Storm Warnings for today from SpaceWeather show little sign of having any impact on the terrestrial Earth or its orbiting communications systems.  Perhaps it is the Luck of the Irish, a miscalculation or the basic fact that while Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) can be tracked scientifically, the outcome can not be predicted with 100% of accuracy.

Solar Flares have been associated with causing earthquakes, but today the largest rattler is an area known for frequency-http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php

MAP  5.4   2010/03/17 04:46:15    -4.701    102.757  67.9   SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

USGS has picked up on a spike earlier this am, but no consequences have been reported.  The spikes are probably from the earthquake.  Click on on the photo which should offer real time data-

March 17, 2010 USGS Spike

From the HAARP Instruments we also see a similar spike just about the same as when this morning’s earthquake hit.  Nice to see instruments providing similar data. 

March 17, 2010 Spike

All in all, a quiet start to the morning.  I am hoping the loudest vibrations I pick up on today are the sounds of bagpipes, chewing of a corned beef sandwiches, and the gulping of numerous pints of Guinness beer.

In other news, may “The Luck of the Irish,” be with you and America as it seems the “Slaughter Solution,” in violation of  The Constitution, will move forward in passing health care reform.  We’re going to need all the luck we can get.  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Current Space Weather Warnings

A Geomagnetic Storm is heading to earth on or about March 17th, 2010- St. Patrick’s Day.  https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/magnetic-storm-st-patricks-day-cme-approaching-earth/ Known to cause electrical interruptions and blackouts, last night in Chile millions of people were in a blackout with no power.  The above chart illustrates the current warnings coming from space.

A massive power failure h as plunged quake-hit Chile into darkness, stretching 2,000km (1,250 miles) and affecting up to 90% of the population. …Chile’s infrastructure was devastated by the quake on 27 February .  The operators of the electricity grid said the blackout was caused by the failure of a high-voltage transformer about 700km south of the capital.  Officials said the blackout was not directly related to the earthquake. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8567910.stm

If the power outage wasn’t related to the earthquake, was the reason the high-voltage transformer failed due to interference from the geomagnetic storm or just a mechanical malfunction? 

Rather inconveniently- Real-Time Prediction of Large Geomagnetic Storms by A joint product of the Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, the WIND MFI team of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the World Data Center C2 (WDC-C2) for Geomagnetism, Kyoto University, Japan,  is not working!

The real-time prediction method is currently undergoing testing. The algorithm requires solar wind data as input and calculates the probability that the solar wind being encountered presages the imminent arrival of a geoeffective structure resulting in a storm exceeding a specified threshold.http://wwwppd.nrl.navy.mil/prediction/index.html

Exceeding a threshold? 

Is this an indicator that the solar activity is so increased that the predicted geomagnetic storm approaching Earth is far more than what scientists are letting on?

The Journal of Geophysical Research on March 6, 2010 released reports of a study that claims, “Satellite observations often show that relativistic electron fluxes that decrease during a geomagnetic storm main phase do not recover their prestorm level even when the storm has substantially recovered.”  http://science.journalfeeds.com/astronomy-astrophysics/journal-of-geophysical-research-space-physics/numerical-estimates-of-drift-loss-and-dst-effect-for-outer-radiation-belt-relativistic-electrons-with-arbitrary-pitch-angle/20100305/   They don’t recover?  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  WTF.

Another study claims that, ” Using observations and two different global MHD simulations, we demonstrate that the solar wind speed controls the magnetospheric response such that the higher the speed, the more dynamic and irregular is the magnetospheric response.” http://science.journalfeeds.com/astronomy-astrophysics/journal-of-geophysical-research-space-physics/magnetospheric-modes-and-solar-wind-energy-coupling-efficiency/20100305/  Finally something that makes common sense- the faster the sun’s wind speed, the more the magnetosphere can be altered. 

Sunspot 1054 is so big, you can see it without a telescope March 14, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, “With the beginning of a new 11-year cosmic cycle, the number of sunspots will increase along with the possibility of a solar super storm. NASA data show the peak of solar activity will be in 2015. …Sunspots were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610.  http://www.smh.com.au/environment/solar-storms-could-wreak-havoc-with-electronic-systems-20100313-q53m.html 

Forget about waiting until 2015, March of 2010 is suddenly proving to be an active time for the sun.  If you are into shortwave radio you can tune in for a listen.  “We are currently in the beginning of cycle 24. Each cycle has been numbered since the cycle was first observed by scientists. So far, “24” has been slow to get busy, and ham-radio operators and shortwave listeners have been looking forward to better conditions for the last few years.

There are signs that 24 might be getting ready to put on a show. While talking on a local repeater several nights ago, Ken Blume (K2UPI) noted that he had recently experienced abnormally good HF conditions. http://blog.syracuse.com/cny/2010/03/radio_buffs_tune_in_to_solar_cycle.html

Not only can you listen in but depending on where you live, just look outside to see the effects from the sun on Earth.

The Sky Over Tromsø, Norway March 15, 2010

Other parts of the world weren’t so lucky to observe such beauty without destruction.  From http://whyfiles.org/shorties/097ocean_belch/,  “massive hydrogen sulfide gas eruption from the ocean floor kills fish, exposes local people to a major rotten egg stench, and causes ecological havoc in the ocean,” as was witnessed this week by the OrbView-2 SeaWiFS satellite.

Namibia sulfide emissions, March 13, 2010

It looks good from space and, “Natural, perhaps, but given the stakes to the critical fishing industry, and the suspicion that the eruptions may be getting more frequent and intense, an international collaboration is starting to examine possible links to global warming or other large ecological disturbances.

We already know Ecological Disturbances can be a result of any number of things from HAARP, EISCAT, LHC, etc, Solar Flares, and just maybe  influenced by geomagnetic storms.

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