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Old 26-07-2004, 09:05:41   #1
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Cool Large Active Region Crosses the Sun

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An unexpectedly large sunspot region is now crossing the Sun. The active region is home to rivers of hot plasma, explosive flares, strong magnetic fields, a powerful Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), and a sunspot group so large it can be seen by the protected eye without magnification. In fact, this region appears larger than Venus did when it crossed the Sun last month. Pictured above is a close-up of this sunspot group, officially tagged AR 10652, taken just four days ago. The region is now nearing the Sun's eastern limb and will disappear from view in a few days. Energetic ions from sunspot group 652 continue to impact the Earth and create rare purple auroras.
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Old 18-08-2004, 18:50:43   #2
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Old 18-08-2004, 18:53:22   #4
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The geomagnetic field is the magnetic field observed in and around the earth. Flares are sudden eruptions of energy on the solar disk lasting minutes to hours from which radiation and particles are emitted. Basically, an increase in activity concerning the geomagnetic field or solar flares means an increase in energy in the atmosphere.

How does this affect spirits? Spirits use energy to materialize, and they typically pull this energy from the basic sources around them, i.e., heat, batteries, power lines, etc. But during heightened solar activity, the energy level is increased, therefore, increasing the amount of usable energy for spirits. The increase in energy allows spirits to manifest easier and more often, which in turn increases the possibility of paranormal activity.

The phases of the moon also dictate paranormal activity. Everyone knows that a full moon brings out the crazies and werewolves. It also brings out the ghosts. Though many have heightened activity during full moon, I personally have seen an increase during new moon. The gravitational pull of the moon apparently moves more than tides, it also attracts spirits.



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Summary: Increase solar activity = more ghosts!
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Old 18-08-2004, 21:17:46   #7
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Old 18-08-2004, 21:19:16   #8
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:03:19   #9
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I have a slightly irrational fear that the sun might just explode at a moment's (ok, 8 minute's) notice.

Exactly how stable is that fucking thing, anyhow? How does it generate fuel?
Please put this in terms someone with a Liberal Arts degree can understand: analogies and metaphors welcome!
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:06:20   #10
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The damn thing is one giant nuclear reactor!!! Burning gases of He and H at it's surface... If exploded say bye bye to this corner of the universe
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:06:54   #11
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You don't have to worry about the sun, BGH. It's very stable.

It doesn't really make fuel. It's burning up its supply of hydrogen. It's got many many many millions of years worth of hydrogen left in it's stockpile, so no need for you to worry.

You would do better to worry about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or mega-volcano eruptions, meteor or comet strikes in the Pacific ocean, and Hawaii falling into the ocean. Those are all at risk of killing you in your lifetime (although only slight right now).
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:08:25   #12
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Sun doesn't really fuse much Helium, Japh. That won't become significant until its final stages of its life as a main sequence star.
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:08:32   #13
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Yeah, BGH, that volcano in Yellowstone is more likely to kill you than the sun
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:10:35   #14
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Hmmm...hadn't really thought about those....oh shit.

How do we know it has that much fuel, huh huh???
Has someone actually measured it? What solid proof do we have to compare and contrast with?

I bet it's got a shelf life of like 50,000 years and nobody wants the world to panic.

Another question, what degree of variance in the Earth's orbit around the sun would cause conditions here to be either too cold or too warm to sustain life?
Or would a significant variance nullify our atmosphere anyhow?
Just how fortuitous of an orbit are we in here?
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:12:06   #15
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Yeah, what if the mega-volcano blows us out of orbit?!
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:12:10   #16
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Although you wouldn't even have 8 minutes notice. I think the stuff that will kill you will arrive at the same time as the light.

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Old 18-08-2004, 23:12:46   #17
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Humm... he's in Oregan... some parts of Oregan are at risk from semi-active volcanoes AIR... but not much chance of them going off in the next 50 years unless something odd happens. The Mega in Yellowstone though... it's building up again. Which means it will erupt... just how much longer is the only question vulcanologists have about it. And if it's going to cover all the continental US in 4 feet of ash or 4 inches...
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:13:54   #18
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They've already closed portions of the park because of the volcano
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:15:54   #19
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We know that the sun has that much fuel because it gives off hydrogen's visual spectrum all over it.

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Old 18-08-2004, 23:16:34   #20
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WTF?

Great...that's just great.

OK, that tears it, time to implement Operation: Colony on the Sun.
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:16:44   #21
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They measure the mass of the sun, BGH. Do some comparisons of its light spectra, study it's magnetic fields, etc etc etc.

They've really studied the heck out of it. They just cannot give you an exact number of millions of years, BGH. So no worries for as long as your family line is recognizable over the Sun going red-giant.

Now, there are some worries it might go a bit hotter or colder. That would change our environment significantly... that, they really don't know about, other then at times, it burns a little hotter and other times, it burns a little colder.
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Old 18-08-2004, 23:24:36   #22
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See, a little tough investigative journalism and your egghead types start waffling--I knew it!

THE SUN IS GOING TO EXPLODE! THE SUN IS GOING TO EXPLODE!


AAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEE!!!!!!!!!

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Old 18-08-2004, 23:56:33   #23
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You're listening to Darkstar? You must be from Fox.

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Old 19-08-2004, 01:23:33   #24
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Looks like my toilet bowl after indian food.
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Old 19-08-2004, 12:46:11   #27
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I had a really good bowl of peel and eat shrimp last night that was supposed to be Lousiana-style but was really a very heavily curried dish - kind of a shrimp tandoori. Not what I expected, but very, very good. I should have sprung for the full pound of shrimp instead of the half. Key lime pie for dessert.

Anyhow, my point is that my toilet isn't glowing.
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Old 19-08-2004, 13:37:50   #29
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Old 19-08-2004, 16:37:55   #32
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Damn...curry shrimp and Key Lime pie (my favorite!!!)? And a glass of red wine and I'd have been breathing fire--that stuff gives me horrible indigestion.
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