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Old 14th Jul 2012, 19:07
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Intense solar storm bombarding Earth now

How are flights to the US and Canada affected by Solar Flare's of this intensity?

Intense solar storm bombarding Earth now

Intense solar storm bombarding Earth now - Technology & science - Space - Space.com - msnbc.com

A strong solar storm is battering the Earth now and could amplify the planet's northern lights displays.

The solar storm is cosmic fallout from a massive solar flare on Thursday that included a powerful eruption on the sun, known as a coronal mass ejection. The eruption sent a wave of charged solar plasma toward Earth, which was expected to arrive sometime between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT (0900 and 1400 GMT), according to forecasts by NASA and the NOAA-run Space Weather Prediction Center.

Space Weather officials said the solar storm could trigger a level G2 geomagnetic storm on Earth, a moderate-level event that could spark auroras at latitudes as low as New York or Idaho, after 9 a.m. EDT. Most northern lights displays, which occur when charged solar particle interact with Earth's upper atmosphere, are confined to high-latitude regions around the polar regions by the planet's magnetic field.

"Weekend auroras are likely," the space weather-tracking website Spaceweather.com wrote in an alert.

This weekend's solar storm originated from one of the most powerful sun flares to occur this year. The flare registered as an X1.4-class sun storm, one of the strongest flares the sun can unleash. It marked the sixth X-class solar flare of 2012.

The solar storm erupted from the giant sunspot AR1520, or Active Region 1520, which is actually a group of sunspots that at its peak may have stretched across 186,000 miles of the sun's surface, NASA scientists have said.

The Space Weather Prediction Center is keeping a close watch on AR1520, as well as several other active spots on the sun, for signs of more activity.

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Old 15th Jul 2012, 02:35
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How are flights affected by solar storms? Something like this generally

- Flights go on time

- Punters don't know or care

- Airline gets rich

- Pilots die of cancer a few years younger than they might have otherwise hoped for

- Nobody at the airline gives a fat rat's @ss, because pilot is probably about to retire anyway

- Rinse and repeat.
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 05:39
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Most of the Polar routed flights are crewed by our cousins from across the pond, in that regard they are welcome to them.
In the usual roster course of events I will do 1 polar trip every 6 months or so, I probably get more radiation exposure over that time from my microwave than I do from going to work.
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A strong solar storm is battering the Earth now and could amplify the planet's northern lights displays
Yes the northern light displays could be amplified at the moment, if it weren't so bright. Could someone please draw the night curtains?
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