Solar Wind incoming on the 15th and 16th

A high-speed stream of solar wind is approaching Earth. ETA: June 15-16. The gaseous material is flowing from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere and could spark high-latitude auroras when it arrives. –SpaceWeather Solar wind doesn’t disrupt the electromagnetic field in the same way a CME does, although they still can cause geomagnetic storms,…

Feeling jangly? Blame the Solar Storms

On May 22nd, the sun produced an incredible sequence of solar flares. Earth-orbiting satellites detected a dozen explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2824. One of them emitted a radio burst so strong, it drowned out static from lightning storms on Earth and was recorded at midnight by listening stations in the Arctic. NOAA forecast models…

Geomagnetic Storm (aka Solar Flare) Warning

This Solar Flare warning just in from SpaceWeather: GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters say that G2-class geomagnetic storms are possible on April 25th when a coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The CME was hurled in our direction earlier today by a C3.8-class flare from sunspot AR2816. Earth-facing sunspot AR2816…

The current energies are bouncing off of each other

We just got whapped by some solar energy over the last few days; scientifically speaking, it was a glancing blow, but the CME was decently sized, so we definitely felt it. For those of you who haven’t been following this blog for a while, the heart of our solar system is a higher manifestation of…

Productivity Music, courtesy of the Sun

This just in from Spaceweather: High above the Arctic Circle in Lofoten, Norway, citizen scientist Rob Stammes operates a space weather monitoring station. His sensors detect ground currents, auroras, radio bursts, and disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field. Yesterday, he says, “I received a musical note from the magnetosphere.” “Around 05.30 UTC on Jan. 18th, our…

Ongoing geomagnetic storm increasing on September 29th

SpaceWeather issued this missive about geomagnetic activity over the weekend: A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, and it could spark the strongest geomagnetic storm in more than a year. NOAA forecasters say storm levels could reach category G2 (moderately strong) when the gaseous material arrives on Sept. 29th. Bright “equinox auroras” are already…

What in the The World: Oumuamua, plus Psychedelics

This episode is just me and Dave, Lisa was unable to join us. So the flavor might be a little different. We start off by talking about the space body Oumuamua, and move into DMT (internal and external), LSD, and Ecstacy. These may or may not be linked; you’ll have to figure it out for…

What in the World: Spaaaace

This is a continuation of the conversation that was posted last week, but we leave earth and go out into space… My ever fabulous Social Media Marketing Assistant, Teagan, says I should give y’all more resources, like links, and she put together this treasure trove for you: (00m36) Betelgeuse and its mysterious dimming, which has…