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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees Extreme Flare

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare on Dec. 14. Extreme ultraviolet light highlights the extremely hot material in flares, and which is colorized in teal.


( NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare )

Multiple pilots reported communication disruptions, with the impact felt across the country, according to the space weather forecasting center. Scientists are now monitoring this sunspot region and analyzing for a possible outburst of plasma from the sun, also known as a coronal mass ejection, that might be directed at Earth. This could result in a geomagnetic storm, Dahl said, which in turn could disrupt high-frequency radio signals at the higher latitudes and trigger northern lights, or auroras, in the coming days.

The eruption occurred in the far northwest section of the sun. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the action in extreme ultraviolet light, recording the powerful surge of energy as a huge, bright flash. Launched in 2010, the spacecraft is in an extremely high orbit around Earth, where it constantly monitors the sun.

(Via PhysOrg.)

As far as I know, the first science fiction writer to actually use the phrase "space weather men" was Lawrence Chandler in his story Revenge of the Robots, published in Fantastic Adventures in 1952.


('Revenge of the Robots' by Lawrence Chandler)

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