Following my last posting regarding, solar flare activity: This week and probably into next week, if you feel sort of out of yourself, confused, fatigue, angered, hostile or displaced. Please understand that these behavior and emotional changes could be due to the effect of electromagnetic energy, being bounced upon us from the sun this week. The following is the most recent (7/12/2012) news from NASA regarding solar flares directed towards the earth. Note X class solar flares are the highest intensity flares.
X-FLARE! Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because this sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geo-effective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forcast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 10:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend. The explosion also strobed Earth with a pulse of extreme UV radiation, shown here in an image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:
The UV pulse partially ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere, disturbing the normal propagation of radio signals around the planet. Monitoring stations in Norway and Ireland recorded the sudden ionospheric disturbance.Finally, solar protons accelerated by the blast are swarming around Earth. The radiation storm, in progress, ranks “S1” on NOAA space weather scales, which means it poses no serious threat to satellites or astronauts. This could change if the storm continues to intensify.
You can follow solar flare storms and space weather at http://www.spaceweather.com/