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Unknown Bacteria Seems To Like Nuclear Fuel Rods…

Posted on 2012 09, 09 by rockingjude

A mysterious, cobweblike growth with a fondness for Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel has been identified – but not formally named.

The “white, stringlike” substance was first observed in October among old fuel assemblies

“We were able to identify a large portion of the bacteria making up the cobwebs, but there were certainly some where the DNA sequencing came back as unknown,” [Christopher Berry, the senior technical adviser of the Savannah River National Labortory (sic)] said.

Although rare, bacterial colonies have been observed in a few nuclear environments, including a Canadian reactor and at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, where a growth developed in the site’s spent fuel basin after its 1979 accident.

Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research submitted by UC Irvine astrophysicists to the American Physical”

Does it tie in with this, I have no idea?

Meanwhile a college football game was called at halftime in Florida today due to massive lightning strikes. The coach says it was a first in his career.

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The Sun Is Flaring Up: And She’s A Whopper…

Posted on 2012 05, 09 by rockingjude


An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

The huge sunspot complex, known as AR 1476, rotated into Earth’s view over the weekend. It measures more than 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across, researchers said. Scientists with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, a space-based telescope watching the sun, dubbed the solar structure a “monster sunspot” in a Twitter announcement.

AR 1476 is big enough for amateur astronomers with decent equipment to spot from their backyards, weather permitting. (Warning: Never look at the sun directly with telescopes or the unaided eye. Special filters are required for safe solar viewing to avoid serious eye damage.)

“With at least four dark cores larger than Earth, AR 1476 sprawls more than 100,000 km from end to end, and makes an easy target for backyard solar telescopes,” the website reported Monday (May 7).

Sunspots are temporary dark patches on the surface of the sun that are caused by intense magnetic activity. These structures sometimes erupt into solar flares, which send high-energy radiation streaming into space.

Solar physicists classify flares into three main categories: C, M and X, with C being the least powerful and X the strongest. X-class flares can cause long-lasting radiation storms in Earth’s upper atmosphere and trigger radio blackouts. M-class flares can cause brief radio blackouts in the polar regions and occasional minor radiation storms, while C flares have few noticeable consequences.

AR 1476 has already proven quite active, firing off a number of C flares over the past few days. And another sunspot group, AR 1471, erupted Monday evening with one that seems to be an M1, one of the least powerful M flares, according to

Geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active condition levels by May 8th as a coronal hole becomes geo-effective. Isolated minor storm conditions are possible. Watch for an up-tick in extreme weather events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or rapid temperature shits.

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2012 Updates: Solar Flares…BJ Thoughts…

Posted on 2012 04, 13 by rockingjude

(Solar storm is a serious threat around 2012. Both NASA and ESA confirmed the next huge solar storm between September 2012 and May 2013. We all heard about the big one in 1859 and it looks like we are not far away from another one coming our way. Source: Youtube)

From Survive2012:

Lawrence E Joseph, Patrick Geryl and myself would probably be the 2012 catastrophists that have reached the most people. Something we all proclaim is that our Sun is the most likely source of a 2012 disaster:

We each understand that a solar storm could wipe out power grids and potentially melt down nuclear facilities, leading to many millions of lost lives. That late 2012/ early 2013 is probably the peak of this solar cycle fits well with all three theories.

They further argue this based on these facts:-

Our Solar System is at its “solar max”, meaning the Sun is expected to have a change in magnetism and ultimately will trigger a chain reaction throughout the entire Solar System. Every 11 years we play ‘Russian roulette’ with the sun, and sooner or later we are going to lose that bet. According to scientists, we are in the middle of an 11,500 year cycle of when the ice age returns. It was approximately 11,500 years ago that the world saw its last ice age, starting off with a polar shift. Earth doesn’t have to flip an entire 180 to truly throw off the balance of the Eco-systems and have some devastating effects on the way we live life.

Massive sun storm reaches Earth… ughhh

Posted on 2012 03, 09 by rockingjude

The strongest sun storm in six years has reached Earth early Thursday, endangering the operations of satellites, power grids and navigation systems.

The storm was unleashed by two massive solar flares earlier this week, rated X, the strongest type on scientists’ scales. The flares hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles into space.

As a result of the solar tempest the Northern Lights may be visible at lower latitudes than usual. The beautiful atmospheric phenomenon is caused by the collision of charged particles with our planet’s magnetic field.

However, the consequences of the storm are not limited to spectacular sky shows only. The severe space weather may interfere with satellite communication, affecting phone connections and navigation.

The cloud of charged particles launched a geomagnetic storm in the Earth’s protective magnetic field, which keeps radiation out. Although the storm cannot destroy the field, it can severely shake it, potentially affecting power grids.

As a precaution, power grid operators have been alerted and airlines are rerouting flights away from normal polar routes, said NOAA space weather scientist Joseph Kunches.

Solar Flare: What If Biggest Known Sun Storm Hit Today?…

Posted on 2012 03, 08 by rockingjude

Repeat of 1859 space-weather event could paralyze modern life, experts say.

Richard A. Lovett

for National Geographic News

Updated March 8, 2012

A powerful sun storm—associated with the second biggest solar flare of the current 11-year sun cycle—is now hitting Earth, so far with few consequences. But the potentially “severe geomagnetic storm,” in NASAs wordscould disrupt power grids, radio communications, and GPS as well as spark dazzling auroras.


The storm expected Thursday, though, won’t hold a candle to an 1859 space-weather event, scientists say—and it’s a good thing too.

If a similar sun storm were to occur in the current day—as it well could—modern life could come to a standstill, they add.


(Related: Biggest Solar Storm in Eight Years Now Pummeling Earth.”)

As solar storms go, the two March 6 solar flares associated with Thursday’s geomagnetic storm around Earth may not compare to the flares behind the 1859 storm. But, since the sun hasn’t yet reached peak activity for this solar cycle, this week’s outburst may be only a taste of flares to come.

“The sun has an activity cycle, much like hurricane season,” Tom Bogdan, director of the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, said \at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

After “hibernating for four or five years, not doing much of anything,” the sun began waking up about a year ago. Even though the upcoming solar maximum may see a record low in the overall amount of activity, the individual events could be very powerful, Bogdan added.

In fact, the biggest solar storm on record—the 1859 blast—happened during a solar maximum about the same size as the one we’re entering, according to NASA.

That storm has been dubbed the Carrington Event, after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who witnessed the megaflare and was the first to realize the link between activity on the sun and geomagnetic disturbances on Earth.

During the Carrington Event, northern lights were reported as far south as Cuba and Honolulu, while southern lights were seen as far north as Santiago, Chile. (See pictures of auroras generated by the Valentine’s Day solar flare.)

The flares were so powerful that “people in the northeastern U.S. could read newspaper print just from the light of the aurora,” Daniel Baker, of the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, said at a geophysics meeting in December 2010.

In addition, the geomagnetic disturbances were strong enough that U.S. telegraph operators reported sparks leaping from their equipment—some bad enough to set fires, said Ed Cliver, a space physicist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts.

In 1859, such reports were mostly curiosities. But if something similar happened today, the world’s high-tech infrastructure could grind to a halt.

“What’s at stake,” the Space Weather Prediction Center’s Bogdan said, “are the advanced technologies that underlie virtually every aspect of our lives.”

(Also see “Solar Megastorm Could Cripple Satellites for a Decade.)


Solar Flare Would Rupture Earth’s “Cyber Cocoon”

To begin with, the University of Colorado’s Baker said, electrical disturbances as strong as those that took down telegraph machines—”the Internet of the era”—would be far more disruptive. (See “The Sun: Living With a Stormy Star” inNational Geographic magazine.)

Solar storms aimed at Earth come in three stages, not all of which occur in any given storm.

First, high-energy sunlight, mostly x-rays and ultraviolet light, ionizes Earth’s upper atmosphere, interfering with radio communications. Next comes a radiation storm, potentially dangerous to unprotected astronauts.

Finally comes a coronal mass ejection, or CME, a slower moving cloud of charged particles that can take several days to reach Earth’s atmosphere. When a CME hits, the solar particles can interact with Earth’s magnetic field to produce powerful electromagnetic fluctuations. (Related: “Magnetic-Shield Cracks Found; Big Solar Storms Expected.”)

“We live in a cyber cocoon enveloping the Earth,” Baker said. “Imagine what the consequences might be.”

Of particular concern are disruptions to global positioning systems (GPS), which have become ubiquitous in cell phones, airplanes, and automobiles, Baker said. A $13 billion business in 2003, the GPS industry is predicted to grow to nearly $1 trillion by 2017.

In addition, Baker said, satellite communications—also essential to many daily activities—would be at risk from solar storms.

“Every time you purchase a gallon of gas with your credit card, that’s a satellite transaction,” he said.

But the big fear is what might happen to the electrical grid, since power surges caused by solar particles could blow out giant transformers. Such transformers can take a long time to replace, especially if hundreds are destroyed at once, said Baker, who is a co-author of a National Research Council report on solar-storm risks.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Cliver agrees: “They don’t have a lot of these on the shelf,” he said.

The eastern half of the U.S. is particularly vulnerable, because the power infrastructure is highly interconnected, so failures could easily cascade like chains of dominoes.

“Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year,” Baker said. “The losses could be $1 to $2 trillion, and the effects could be felt for years.”

Even if the latest solar maximum doesn’t bring a Carrington-level event, smaller storms have been known to affect power and communications.

The “Halloween storms” of 2003, for instance, interfered with satellite communications, produced a brief power outage in Sweden, and lighted up the skies with ghostly auroras as far south as Florida and Texas.

(Also see “‘Nightmare’ Star Flares Dim Odds for Alien Life?”)


Buffing Up Space-Weather Predictions

One solution is to rebuild the aging power grid to be less vulnerable to solar disruptions. (See “As Sun Storms Ramp Up, Electric Grid Braces for Impact.)

Another answer is better forecasting.

Scientists using NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft are hoping to get a better understanding of how the sun behaves as it moves deeper into its next maximum and begins generating bigger storms. (See some of SDO’s first sun pictures.)

These studies may help scientists predict when and where solar flares might appear and whether a given storm is pointed at Earth.

“Improved predictions will provide more accurate forecasts, so [officials] can take mitigating actions,” said Rodney Viereck, a physicist at the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Even now, the center’s Bogdan said, the most damaging emissions from big storms travel slowly enough to be detected by sun-watching satellites well before the particles strike Earth. “That gives us [about] 20 hours to determine what actions we need to take,” Viereck said.

(Related pictures: “Multicolored Auroras Sparked by Double Sun Blast” [August 2011].)

In a pinch, power companies could protect valuable transformers by taking them offline before the storm strikes. That would produce local blackouts, but they wouldn’t last for long.

“The good news is that these storms tend to pass after a couple of hours,” Bogdan added.

Meanwhile, scientists are scrambling to learn everything they can about the sun in an effort to produce even longer-range forecasts.

According to Vierick, space-weather predictions have some catching up to do: “We’re back where weather forecasters were 50 years ago.”

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CO2 AND YOU by Bruce Kershaw…The Emperor [U.N. IPCC] Who Wore No Clothes~jude

Posted on 2012 02, 08 by rockingjude

~I love to meet other left/right brained people…Brilliant Bruce…a must read for all those out there wanting the truth~jude

by Bruce Kershaw‏

~ The politicization of Science ~

Politicians and Journalists who would fail fifth grade science,

dictate to the world what they ~ Believe ~ science is.



~ Heat Rises ~

Gases are caused by Heat.


Warming causes water vapor and carbon based oxygen to rise from the Ocean.

Carbon based oxygen is: carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is: one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms bonded together by heat.

~ CO2 ~

Carbon dioxide can not generate energy and heat,

Disclosure, “The Event” and China’s “October Surprise”…Finished…

Posted on 2012 01, 31 by rockingjude

Written by David Wilcock

Even a year ago, weeks could go by between major Disclosure events. Now there are multiple signals per week. Are they trying to tell us something? Does a bear sit in the woods?


In the last few months, things have gotten really wonderful for the Disclosure crowd — to the point where I don’t even have enough time to try to track and write about all of it, while juggling my other responsibilities. This includes:

  • Multiple, blatant UFO sightings, some of which shut down entire airports;
  • Major press conferences with multiple eyewitnesses announcing that nuclear missile installations have been powered down by ‘flying saucers’ which otherwise were not aggressive, and may in fact have our best interests in mind;
  • A huge number of “life is highly abundant in the universe” scientific articles;
  • A raft of movies and television shows either already released or in production, which are dealing with the subject — both from the present day as well as “Ancient Aliens” who happened to enjoy building massive stone structures

This is definitely not ‘smoke and mirrors.’ This is a clear, deliberate and concerted effort. And it’s building up to something.


Among all of these various elements, the NBC television show “The Event” stands out as particularly provocative. Here you have a television show about a black President — who looks and sounds just like Obama — stumbling into the truth of human ETs soon after he takes office.

In this story, some 97 human-looking ETs crashed in a spaceship in Alaska in the 1940s, and were held hostage at ‘Camp Inostranka’ ever since. The president learns this truth, meets the people and plans an open Disclosure in a live national press conference.

Right before he discloses these secrets to humanity, he suffers a 9/11-style attack by a hijacked passenger airliner. The plane then pops through a wormhole right before it hits the ground and ends up in a remote desert, apparently by ET influence.

All the passengers onboard the plane initially survive, but they then end up dying — or so we think. The analysis of the bodies at the crash site shows that they appeared to have been running from something — perhaps a beam weapon.

The government plans on ‘distressing’ the bodies to make it look like they all died in a fiery crash, which they intend to fabricate for a cover-up.


Then, in very disturbing zombie-like fashion, the bodies all end up re-animating in a secret military bunker. At first they seem to be fine, but then they all start hemorrhaging blood from their noses and mouths.

We learn that they have a weird virus, which they were given by the ET opposition leader — and they will be dead within 24 hours unless the President frees all the ET detainees at Inostranka, in exchange for the vaccine.

Fighting for the lives of the survivors, the president wrestles with the opposition leader, who claims he will use this same weapon on whole cities of Americans if the 97 detainees are not freed.

The president ends up getting the antidote by threatening to execute all of the ETs if the opposition leader does not produce the serum first.


This Monday night’s show effectively picks up at this point in the storyline — and I’m leaving quite a bit out of it here. Though it is a bit clumsy at certain points, and I don’t find the portrayal of the president and his entourage particularly believable, the overall execution is quite good.

There does appear to be a lot of fear-mongering about human-looking ETs in this show, such as their apparent willingness to use terrorist tactics to get their way.

Nonetheless, it also seems clear that we are being given a message that they are not all bad people — only a small number of them.

Furthermore, the seemingly positive female leader of the ETs (who is obviously cast to look and sound very similar to the heroic female president in Battlestar Galactica) alludes to an upcoming ‘Event’ without elaboration at this point in the story.


In the title, the second “E” in “Event” is reversed. This highlights the ‘V’ in the middle — as in the previous show ‘V’, which was also about human-looking ETs. It also encourages us to pick out the word ‘EVE.’

Remember that this is all part of a Processed Release of Information (PRI) program, and the underlying body of information to be disclosed has been in place for thousands of years. I discuss this in my radio show with William Henry, linked below.

I feel it is safe to assume that in this TV series, “The Event” will involve a certain amount of cataclysmic activity on the Earth. It should also upgrade our DNA at the same time — leading to a new humanity.

A new Eve.

This would then allow the show to go in the direction of “Heroes” and other such programs where people begin developing ‘powers’.

If that’s really where this is going, then “The Event” may well be the most blatant, in-your-face, one-stop-shop Disclosure mechanism ever put out by the media — at least thus far.

Solar storm…the one that wasn’t going to get here…lolll

Posted on 2012 01, 26 by rockingjude

~Some of the most incredible pictures I’ve ever seen~jude

This colorized NASA image, taken Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows a flare shooting out of the top of the sun. It was taken in a special teal wavelength to best see the flare. Credit: NASA / AP
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Delta Reroutes Flights As Solar Storm Hits Earth – Wall Street Journal…

Posted on 2012 01, 26 by rockingjude

Wall Street Journal
By DOUG CAMERON The US is bracing for the impact of the largest solar storm in almost a decade. Eric Holthaus joins the News Hub to discuss what to expect for travel and electrical devices. Photo: AFP / Getty Images. Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday 
Solar storm sends charged particles toward EarthLos Angeles Times
Solar Storm Expected to Fire up Northern LightsABC News
‘Space hurricane’ from the sun sweeping over our
USA TODAY -BusinessWeek
all 1,226 news articles »

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Huge Coronal Mass Ejection Puts on Stunning Red Green Light Show Across USA…important…

Posted on 2011 10, 25 by rockingjude
Aurora australis appearing in the night sky of...

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KSPR News, 24th October 2011
Parts of the United States saw a red and pink glow in the sky Monday.

The Earth was hit hard on October 24th by a solar flare/CME and Auroras were seen in half of the U.S. as far South as N.C., Tn, Ark.

Here is a video of the Magnetic Field as it was being hit by the Flare.


Indeed, the display spread all the way down to Arkansas. “When I saw the alert, I ran outside and immediately saw red auroras,” reports Brian Emfinger from the city of Ozark. “Within a few minutes the auroras went crazy! Unbelievable!”

Auroras were seen or photographed in more than half of all US states including Alabama, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and California. Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear during intense geomagnetic storms. They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth’s surface and are not yet fully understood.…

Magnetic Field simulation video from this site:

The Northern Lights were seen in areas that don’t often get to see the phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis.

The appearance of the red glow prompted the National Weather Service offce in Memphis to issue this statement:


The Space Weather Prediction Center reported a massive burst of solar wind blanketed the earth about eight hours sooner than predicted and allowed the phenomenon to be seen earlier and further south than usual.

 There is a nice selection of red and pink aurora photos but the statement is particularly interesting. Please note: The minor CME that was expected had unexpected consequences by pushing the Earth’s magnetosphere as far back as geosynchronous orbit and that allowed in the solar wind. At this moment, the enigma is how this innocuous CME managed to pack such a hard punch unless Earth was clipped by the massive blast that was supposedly headed for Mars… The magnetosphere has been filled up with cosmic radiation all day and is only now clearing up. This is what NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) had to say:

2011-10-25 12:51 Geomagnetic Storming and the Aurora

The Coronal Mass Ejection observed Saturday morning arrived late Monday (EDT and GMT), about 8 hours earlier than model guidance suggested. A single period reaching the G2 (Moderate) level was observed followed by several periods of G1 (Minor) storming. While not a terribly significant geomagnetic storm, it did happen at a time when most of the United States was dark or getting dark. Couple that with the fact that large parts of the US had very clear skies, and you’ve got some beautiful sightings of the aurora across the northern tier of the US. Unfortunately for sky watchers, the geomagnetic storm appears to be in decline and no further significant space weather is expected at this time.

Top News of the Day: NOAA/SWPC

It’s almost like saying we were expecting a gust of wind but there was a hurricane instead… In the past, blood red auroras have only been associated with major geomagnetic storms and this was a red aurora that appeared in low latitudes without a major geomagnetic storm and whatever is being said by authorities to calm the public, this is a major enigma.

Here is the NASA’s Integrated Space Weather Analysis System, Magnetopause Standoff for the 25th, you can click the image and pick up the latest on page 2 of the Magnetopause cygnet selection.

Magnetosphere video – Oct 24 – Auroras in Half of U.S! 
YouTube, 25th October 2011
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Comment: I am grateful, someone has put up the NICT movie. OK, this was a CME with a strongly south facing Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) component which is expected to provide the worse geomagnetic storms, but I have seen far worse blasts, without the accompanying auroras in the deep south of the USA. However, saying that, in this image, the inner magnetosphere, daytime and nighttime looks to be on fire…. The Earth’s magnetic field must be in tatters…

Aurora Explosion from Ozark, Arkansas (10-24-2011) [VIDEO]
YouTube, 25th October 2011

“Here is a little time lapse from stills showing the faint aurora explode in just a few minutes to become some of the brightest aurora ever seen at such low latitudes.”
This is not an exaggeration it does look like an explosion over Ozark, Arkansas…

Aurora borealis – Holland, Michigan [US] [VIDEO]
YouTube, 25th October 2011
Was tracking stars for trails .. something like an Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) crossed by. Not sure what it is – real or some other phenomenon. Its definitely not fake. @ holland, michigan, usa

It looks like this person had a camera set up to track stars and was lucky to get the aurora borealis too! This is a seriously cool 14 secs clip. 

Norway: The most beautiful northern lights I’ve seen [17 PHOTOS], 25th October 2011
“New solar cycle gave Southern Norway is the second spectacular light show in the night sky in just one month. – Jeg har aldri sett noe liknende, sier fotografen. – I have never seen anything like it, says the photographer.”
In the photo gallery, there is not one image of a blood red aurora. So… we must assume that the blast hit the USA full and/or the ionosphere is ‘weak’ over the United States. I can’t prove this last assertion, but we know the ionosphere has collapsed but we don’t know just ‘how’ collapsed. All we are told is an average value, but problems over the United States due to all the ‘experimentation’ and weather engineering is something that I have been considering for a long time. 

Unbelievable Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Lapland, Finland [VIDEO]
YouTube, 22nd September 2011
“Amazing video of beautiful Aurora Borealis shot in Finnish Lapland in the winter of 2011″
Ok, this is advertising for Lapland, Finland, but this professional video is breathtaking… Please note, there is a lot of green and purple auroras but NO ‘blood red’ auroras and this just emphasises that the USA had a major geomagnetic event.”

Northern lights go way, way south (PHOTOS)
MSNBC News, 25th October 2011
A solar outburst sparked surprising displays of the northern lights as far south as Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina tonight, marking one of the farthest-reaching auroral shows in years.


As word spread about the geomagnetic storm, photos streamed onto the Web from the usual places, such as Norway, Sweden and Iceland, but also from locales that are typically too far south to see the northern lights: Oklahoma … Kansas … Kentucky … Tennessee …Virginia.

Among the websites tracking the fireworks are, the Weather Channel and Universe Today.

Arkansas photographer Brian Emfinger was alerted to the northern lights by’s aurora alert. “I ran out and put my camera out and immediately saw reddish aurora,” he wrote. “I ran out into the field, and within a few minutes the aurora went crazy!”

 Hmmm….. These are some amazing photos. I seriously don’t know what to think and I am perplexed because there are people reporting seeing the Northern Lights in Arkansas! This what we would expect from a MAJOR event! This implies that the Earth’s magnetic field and magnetosphere is not providing much in the way of cosmic shielding… For the last three weeks we have seen the magnetosphere regularly filled up with radiation (NICT simulation), but I have yet to see an official source telling us when the Earth’s magnetic field is acting like a sieve and we are literally open to the cosmic elements, but we must presume that nobody wants to explain how bad things are… What concerns me most is that there are a bunch of space probes watching the sun, but it looks like there was no inkling that anything serious was about to happen until the blast was picked up at L1. Lagrange Point L1 is where the ACE satellite floats in a gravity well that allows it to ‘park up’ in space and monitor the conditions in space. Magnetic field strength, polarity and direction, EM photon energy, atomic particle types, atomic particle density etc and it was severely whacked by a blast that probably took a further 45 minutes to travel 1 million miles and slam into Earth. Since there are no reports of blackouts, we can only presume 1. this is not the type of event that generates severe geomagnetically induced currents (GICS) or 2. there was enough warning for preventative measures to be taken. Well, I am thinking this might be the start of a new level of cosmic awareness and the Northern Lights might become a regular part of our reality. Thanks to Leticia for sending me this great link.

Expected CME, But Unexpected Consequences? Part II, 25th October 2011
AURORAS IN THE USA: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States.

“Wow, wow, wow! These were the best Northern Lights I’ve seen since 2004,” says Shawn Malone, who took this picture from the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan:

“The auroras filled the sky in every direction–even to the south,” he says.

Indeed, the display spread all the way down to Arkansas. “When I saw the alert, I ran outside and immediately saw red auroras,” reports Brian Emfinger from the city of Ozark. “Within a few minutes the auroras went crazy! Unbelievable!”

Auroras were seen or photographed in more than half of all US states including Alabama, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and California. Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear during intense geomagnetic storms.

Comment: Go to for the photos, but this is such a major event, photos are being placed all over the internet. This means that hopefully, a few more people might wake up to the seriousness of our New Cosmic Reality.

Expected CME, But Unexpected Consequences?, 24th October 2011
AURORAS IN THE USA–NOW! Northern Lights have spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous USA. Observers report auroras as far south as Ohio: image. The display was caused by the CME impact described below.

CME IMPACT: A CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (02:00 pm EDT). Acording to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the impact caused a strong compression of Earth’s magnetic field, allowing solar wind to penetrate all the way down to geosynchronous orbit for a brief period between 19:06 UT and 19:11 UT. Earth-orbiting spacecraft could have been directly exposed to solar wind plasma during that time.

The impact also sparked a geomagnetic storm, underway now. Geir Øye sends this picture from Ørsta, Norway:

 As I stated, noted a small CME: “Partial Earth Directed CME: A disappearing solar filament from early Saturday morning did produce a bright and partially earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). There could be a small chance for minor geomagnetic storming by Oct 25.” was too busy telling us about the megablast that was directed at the planet Mars but now this little ‘nothing’ CME has hit the planet and caused auroras in the USA as far south as Ohio…. so much for space weather forecasting… So, what would have happened if the megablast had been coming towards us? Would they have turned the national power grids off? NICT has removed the CME impact image, I am sure it was terrible… I have checked the ENLIL Heliosphere prediction model and that had NOTHING predicted to impact the Earth’s magnetic field… Quite frankly, space weather forecasters need to do better… See the NOAA/SWPC and USA Air force Geophysical Activity Summaries for the 23rd and 24th, below:

NOAA Solar Report – [SIDC Report]

Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.

Updated 2011 Oct 24 2200 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity SDF Number 297 Issued at 2200Z on 24 Oct 2011

Geophysical Activity Summary 23/2100Z to 24/2100Z: The geomagnetic field was at mostly quiet with a single active period observed between 24/1800 – 2100Z. The ACE spacecraft observed an interplanetary shock passage at 24/1748Z with a subsequent sudden impulse of 13 nT observed at the Boulder magnetometer at 24/1832Z. Observations at ACE revealed increases in temperature, density and wind speed while the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) decreased southward to -20 nT for a brief period. IMF Bt reached 20 nT. Wind velocities increased from a steady 350 km/s to 525 km/s and remained so through the end of the period. This mostly likely was the arrival of a CME that occurred at 22/0058Z in association with an eruptive filament. The greater than 10 MeV proton event that began at 23/1500Z ended at 23/1605Z. A peak flux of 13 pfu was reached at 23/1535Z. Earlier in the period, another, weaker shock passage was observed in the ACE solar wind data at 23/2320Z. This was most likely the result of a glancing blow from a CME associated with an M1.6 x-ray event observed of the NW limb at 20/0325Z .

Source: Forecast – Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity Issued: 2011 Oct 24 2200 UTC

This is from the day before.

IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 22/2100Z to 23/2100Z: The geomagnetic field was quiet. A greater than 10 MeV proton event began at 23/1500Z. So far the observed peak flux was 13 pfu at 23/1535Z. The source of the event is believed to be yesterdays long-duration M1 flare at 22/1110Z in Region 1314 (N29, L=053). IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected be mostly quiet becoming quiet to unsettled with a chance of active periods on 25 October. This activity is expected in response to the arrival of a CME that occurred at 22/0058Z in association with an eruptive filament. The greater than 10 MeV proton event is expected to end by 24 October.

Source: Forecast – Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity Issued: 2011 Oct 23 2200 UTC 

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