June 1. 2012 – SPACE – After an unusually long quiet period, the Sun unleashed a solar flare on May 17 this year – but scientists are now puzzling over what happened on Earth. Neutron monitors all round the world lit up in response to the blast for the first time in six years, despite the fact it was an M-Class, or moderate, flare. The ‘answering’ pulse shouldn’t have happened at all. Now scientists are trying to unravel what happened – and why our planet ‘pulsed’ in response. James Ryan, an astrophysicist at the UNH Space Science Center said, ‘This solar flare was most unimpressive and the associated CME was only slightly more energetic. And looking at it optically, it was remarkably dim; it was, all things considered, a ninety-eight pound weakling of solar events.’ Scientists are now analyzing the data using a satellite which scans an range of bizarre particles invisible to other spacecraft – PAMELA, a European spacecraft dedicated to watching rays from space. The most recent event will allow the study of the evolution of the flare from low to high energies without interruption. ‘The PAMELA satellite provides us with a bridge that has never existed before,’ says Ryan, ‘a bridge between solar energetic particles measured by other spacecraft and those made on the ground by neutron monitors, like the one we’ve operated here in Durham for decades. Spanning that gap has opened up new opportunities.’ –Daily Mail
In my new book, The 7th Protocol, I discuss energy transfer flux events between the Earth and the Sun and how this phenomenon will engender catastrophic changes on Earth as the planet’s magnetic field weakens further.