Sunburn: Solar wind from coronal hole blast planet Earth

March 2, 2011 MAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the early hours of March 1st. The impact sparked a geomagnetic storm that was, at first, minor, but the storm has been intensifying throughout the day. Spotters are now reporting auroras over Northern Ireland, Scotland, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden. If trends continue, the display could spread to the high latitudes of North America after nightfall. Stay tuned!  –Space Weather
Well, we said this was a nasty hole rotating towards the planet. Solar wind speeds have revved up to 638 km/sec. We’re on the watch for the eruption of flares with this present sunspot cluster. Below the planet magnetosphere is hit with a burn blast from the rabid flow of the solar wind stream.

     

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4 Responses to Sunburn: Solar wind from coronal hole blast planet Earth

  1. Heather says:

    Could there be any correlation between this increase in solar activity and the greater number of earthquakes today?

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    • There is a theorized link; though it’s not fully understood by astrophysicists. We know the planet quivers during a solar bombarbment in a geomagnetic storm and magnetic fields on the Sun can interact with the Earth’s own magnetic field. Besides though obvious two points, the Sun also vibrates and it is believed by scientists that the Earth is sympathetic resonation with our nearest star. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGwDdTZBAEY

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  2. Rudolph Penzes says:

    I’m curious but could there be a connection between the magnetic pole reversal and all the birds dropping from the sky? I know birds use the Earths magnetic sphere to navigate but you guys are the ones with the answers, that’s why I’m asking. Again I love your website and the incredible information you have to offer. Cheers

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  3. Karl Harshman says:

    With the solar wind speed mentioned in the article, given the current number of sunspots on the sun’s surface, the biggest impact we can expect is to see Auroras in the high atmosphere. But, depending on when a solar activity flares, it is also just as likely the wind will just deflect past Earth after hitting the atmosphere. But there should be no effect on the lower atmosphere or surface given the numbers.

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