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Sunspot-space station conjunction

The Space Station was caught on film in orbit over sunspot 1057! 

Yesterday in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, astrophotographer John Stetson and his son Peter observed a very rare event–a sunspot-space station conjunction. 

“We knew when to look thanks to a prediction from CalSky,” says Stetson. “The International Space Station transited the solar disk in only 0.62 seconds. We managed to catch the station’s silhouette just as it was passing sunspot 1057.” Stetson has been photographing solar transits for years; he ranks this one as “the best yet.”  As far as we know, this is the first time the ISS has been observed in conjunction with a big sunspot. via http://spaceweather.com/.

If you are so inclined to track the ISS yourself you will have to go to http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html.-  NASA no longer tracks it.

Heaven’s Above http://www.heavens-above.com/ does not appear to be so private.  It is hosted by Space Operations and Astronaut Training
DLR Space Operations, the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany. http://www.dlr.de/rb/en/

The Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with an emergency Soyuz descent training drill and preparations for the arrival of space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew…. Discovery and the STS-131 crew are targeted to launch to the station on April 5, bringing a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the station’s laboratories.  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html 

The really cool thing would have been if the ISS snapped a picture up close of the solar spot. Even better, zoomed in on the coordinates and location of the photographers on earth and taken their picture, taking their picture!

Can they do that?  Terra Server http://www.terraserver.com/ and Google Earth http://earth.google.com/ are pretty good at it and so are governments.

The code named Kennan “Keyhole-class” (KH) reconnaissance satellites have been orbiting the Earth for more than 30 years. They are typically used to take overhead photos for military missions. The big question for a lot of people is: “What can they see?”

A KH-12 is a $1 billion satellite that resembles the Hubble Space Telescope, except it is looking at our planet. For security reasons, there are no published orbit schedules for the imagery spacecraft. They are supplemented by the 15-ton Lacrosse-class radar-imaging satellites…They have an imaging resolution of 5-6 inches, which means they can see something 5 inches or larger on the ground. These satellites probably can’t read your house number, but they can tell whether there is a bike parked in your driveway. http://science.howstuffworks.com/question529.htm

 

Sunspot 1057 is big but quiet. It does not have the type of twisted magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI

Current Sunspot Cycle Activity and Space Weather: http://prop.hfradio.org/

Sun Spots: 25 as of 03/25/2010 :: Flux: 88
X-ray Solar Flares:
6h hi [B3.0][0214Z 03/26] 24h hi [B7.3][0351Z 03/25] 

Planetary A-index (Ap): 5 | Planetary K-index (Kp): 2 (12 nT)
Solar Wind: 377 km/s at 5.0 protons/cm3, Bz is 3.0 nT
(Mar 26, 2010 at 1604 UT)

Translation- all is calm for now as no space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

March 19, 2010 was a different story, at least for Earth.

This photo is a still taken from a NASA Allsky camera video taken of a meteor fireball over western Alabama on March 19, 2010. The meteor was about the size of a soccer ball and completely incinerated before reaching the ground, scientists say.

A bright fireball that lit up the sky above parts of Alabama last week  was caught by NASA cameras as it streaked over the southeastern United States. 

The fireball was caused by the death plunge of a meteor about the size of a soccer ball as it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, March 19, at 11:19 p.m. local time while flying over western Alabama. Two NASA cameras, one based at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recorded a the meteor’s fiery demise as it happened. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/25/nasa-camera-catches-fireball-alabama/

Pretty good photo, eh?  A good explanation too, but what are all those other bright white lights on the right side of the earth?  UFO’s, asteroids, meteors, other satellites…?

The next meteor shower is the Lyrids on April 21. The Moon is just past first quarter, so it sets around 3 or 4 a.m., providing several hours of meteor watching before dawn. http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/

Keep looking up.

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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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