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Massive Sunspots Aimed At Earth

November 14, 2011 by  

Massive Sunspots Aimed At Earth

The largest active region on the sun since 2005 is reportedly currently aimed directly at Earth; any solar eruptions caused by its processes may affect the planet.

According to National Geographic, an area on the sun called Active Region 1139, a cluster of magnetic activity first spotted by satellites, came into view of telescopes on Earth last week. The sunspots are reportedly so large that they can now even be viewed by the naked eye.

The recent increased solar activity is said to have been what caused the Aurora Borealis to be witnessed as far south as Oklahoma, Georgia and Texas in late October.

Sunspots are where solar flares usually occur, since the magnetic fields in the active regions can build up enough energy to break and release bursts of intense radiation into the solar system. If the sunspots are aimed toward Earth, excess energy can be poured into the atmosphere causing magnetic storms that create aurorae like the Northern lights. The storms could also have a devastating impact on power grids and disrupt worldwide communication devices.

AR 1339 is expected to pass quietly, but there are more active regions coming. The sun is currently approaching what is known as solar maximum, the peak of our star’s roughly 11-year cycle of magnetic activity, according to the article.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Al Sieber

    Sooner or later a big one will hit and take out the grid.

  • gillysrooms

    I saw the movie 2012 and some people I converse believe that the solar flare will interfere with the electrical activity in the human brain and create a world of Zombies, so they are trying to create a special lead lined helmet to protect their brains. Is this another hair brain idea or should it be taken seriously? One of my friends Michael Miroslav Cic is shortly to release two discussion papers wherein he claims to have answered two of the mysteries of the makeup of the human brain which your government is expending $billions of research to find out how the human brain functions. Stay tuned for the soon to be released Papers which will be available for free reading and discussion within two weeks and then maybe with the help of other 100′s of Neuroscientists may solve the other mysteries which have been alluding the researchers for so many years. From Gillysrooms in St Arnaud Vic 3478 Australia

    • Elite Reply

      So what you are saying essentially, is it will be “another day at the office” since most of the world’s population is already zombie?

      • Lisa

        Isn’t pouring fluoride in to the water system cheaper than fancy helmets to keep the population at ‘zombie’ level? !!!

        Can’t see the power companies or government making money out of solar flares, but I’m sure they’ll try!!!

    • wandamurline

      After having worked in a psychiatric hospital for over ten years, there has not been much accomplished in learning how the brain works…patients are still taking he same medications and a slightly better electrical shock system that they have used for decades. It would be nice to know which genes or minerals the brain needs so people who are mentally ill could have a better life instead of having to take medications that sometimes make them a living zombie.

      • sunshineIQ

        Remember the movie Lorenzo’s Oil or something like that with Nick Nolte? Study should focus on whether a patient is absorbing the nutrients they need. But if there is no money in it, they won’t study it.

    • Cliffystones

      It’s my tinfoil hat, and you cant have it!! :)

  • Tony N
    • Lisa

      Not good at all! I’m baffled at the belief of ‘There is no such thing as evil’. Can people not see it?

      There’s a storm coming!!!

  • waveform144

    Lead shields X and gamma rays. Not a good option. There are many available materials now for shielding that are “cloth” with various mesh of screaning materials woven in…and they are not expensive. Military helmets are lined with such material. As easy to work with as cotton cloth.

    • eddie47d

      That makes sense waveform144. We can learn to protect ourselves even if we have no obvious means of stopping it from happening. Life goes on although electronic technology(satellites) may be effected.Will we have to go back to writing letters for a few months? (LOL)

  • Tony N

    This is what is causing the Sun to explode I bet ,

  • coal miner

    Nov 17, 2006 … The big burning ball of gas that holds nine major planets in orbit is not unlike … The Sun can be divided into three main layers: a core, a radiative zone, … And there may be more to sunspots than disrupted communications. …

    • coal miner


      Science News 2012: Killer Solar Flares Are a Physical Impossibility, Experts Say
      ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2011) — Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather — great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun — some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth. Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare.

      But this same solar cycle has occurred over millennia. Anyone over the age of 11 has already lived through such a solar maximum with no harm. In addition, the next solar maximum is predicted to occur in late 2013 or early 2014, not 2012.

      Most importantly, however, there simply isn’t enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth.

      This is not to say that space weather can’t affect our planet. The explosive heat of a solar flare can’t make it all the way to our globe, but electromagnetic radiation and energetic particles certainly can. Solar flares can temporarily alter the upper atmosphere creating disruptions with signal transmission from, say, a GPS satellite to Earth causing it to be off by many yards. Another phenomenon produced by the sun could be even more disruptive. Known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), these solar explosions propel bursts of particles and electromagnetic fluctuations into Earth’s atmosphere. Those fluctuations could induce electric fluctuations at ground level that could blow out transformers in power grids. The CME’s particles can also collide with crucial electronics onboard a satellite and disrupt its systems.

      In an increasingly technological world, where almost everyone relies on cell phones and GPS controls not just your in-car map system, but also airplane navigation and the extremely accurate clocks that govern financial transactions, space weather is a serious matter.

      But it is a problem the same way hurricanes are a problem. One can protect oneself with advance information and proper precautions. During a hurricane watch, a homeowner can stay put . . . or he can seal up the house, turn off the electronics and get out of the way. Similarly, scientists at NASA and NOAA give warnings to electric companies, spacecraft operators, and airline pilots before a CME comes to Earth so that these groups can take proper precautions. Improving these predictive abilities the same way weather prediction has improved over the last few decades is one of the reasons NASA studies the sun and space weather. We can’t ignore space weather, but we can take appropriate measures to protect ourselves.

      And, even at their worst, the sun’s flares are not physically capable of destroying Earth.

      • coal miner

        Another(opposing) view

        See Part 2 – The Previous Doomsday of 12950 BC: what was it like? for details. … This calendar is recorded as a carving on the Aztec “sun stone,” currently on exhibit … to review some scientific terms like “ecliptic,” “barycenter,” and ” sunspots. … -

        • coal miner

          However, correctly decoded, it reveals that the Mayans were indeed possessed of great astronomical knowledge to rival that of the present age, and possessed …

          • angelo

            Why didn’t they use all their knowledge to invent the wheel? The Egyptians did 2500 years earlier.We’re anxious to praise a culture that was practicing human sacrifice, but are critical of the Spanish conquistadors, who were sickened by this disgusting practice, and try to find some moral equivalence to the Spanish involvement in the Inquisition. If it hadn’t been for the Christian Spaniards there would be no language,no culture and no civilization. When scholars wonder why the Incas,Mayan, and Aztec “cultures” dissapeared, they might sort through the bones of all the children at the bottom of their temple altars.Thank God for the introduction of Christianity, and science, which explained to the enlightened inventors of the calender,that you didn’t have to tear out the heart of a human to ensure tomorrow would be a sunny day with light breezes and low “humanity”.

          • Al Sieber

            Thanks for the links, coal miner.

          • coal miner

            Science News Ancient Maya Practiced Forest Conservation 3,000 Years Ago
            ScienceDaily (July 22, 2009) — As published in the July issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, paleoethnobotanist David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati has concluded that not only did the Maya people practice forest management, but when they abandoned their forest conservation practices it was to the detriment of the entire Maya culture.

            “From our research we have learned that the Maya were deliberately conserving forest resources,” says David Lentz, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati and executive director of the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies. “Their deliberate conservation practices can be observed in the wood they used for construction and this observation is reinforced by the pollen record.”

            The UC team is the first North American team allowed to work at the Tikal site core in northern Guatemala in more than 40 years. The UC team is unique in other ways as well. Whereas previous archaeological excavations reflected an interest in culture history, particularly of the elites, researchers’ interests are different in the 21st century.

            “Forty years ago the emphasis was on what king built what palace, who slew whom and who is portrayed on what stelae. It’s all about the rulers and their exploits,” says Lentz. “They didn’t look at the economy, agricultural practices, forest management or how the people and the culture functioned.”

            And what the UC team has learned by studying these processes is that the Maya, at least initially, were practicing good forestry management.

            “They were not allowed to cut down what we’re calling the ‘sacred groves,’” says Lentz. “Then that changed during the Late Classic period with Jasaw Chan K’awiil — one of the greatest figures of prehistory. The Tikal Maya had been beaten up and had fallen to second-rate status prior to his ascendancy. Jasaw Chan K’awiil led an army to the heartland of a competing city, Calakmul, captured their ruler, bound him, brought him back and sacrificed him — and it totally reversed their fortunes in a very dramatic way.”

            After that, the Maya rebuilt the city of Tikal in a way never seen before. They begin building huge temples that required considerable resources, especially large, straight trees whose wood could withstand the weight of tons of stone. Their choices were limited to two types of trees only.

            “So, unfortunately, Jasaw Chan K’awiil tapped into their sacred groves to do this,” says Lentz. The stands of virgin timber were more than 200 years old in some areas. After building a few of the temples, the Maya ran out of timber from the Manilkara zapota (sapodilla) tree, so they switched to an inferior tree —Haematoxylon campechianum, logwood or inkwood — which is found in swamps.

            “Sapodilla is soft when you first cut it, so it can be carved into beautiful, intricate shapes. Yet when it dries, it is as hard as iron,” Lentz explains. “Logwood, on the other hand, is like iron to start with and stays that way.”

            Logwood often is very crooked and grows to much lesser heights — so the archways in the temples built with logwood were far less ornate. Temples 1 through 4 are quite large, with temple 4 having the largest lintels, the beams over the doorways. Temples 5 and 6 (built in the middle — the temples are not numbered in order of construction) are much smaller.

            “For the last temple (temple 3), they went back to sapodilla — why?” says Lentz. “Perhaps they had replanted after their sacred groves had been cleared of their timber. After 40 years you get a tree big enough with which to build. Also, at that point, things were beginning to go downhill for the Maya. Perhaps they reasoned that the gods didn’t like the new style of temple and they needed to return to the construction style of earlier, and more prosperous, times.”

            So what led to the downfall of the Maya? Whether it was the gods’ displeasure or not, the answer came from the heavens.

            “When you clear all the forests, it changes the hydrologic cycle,” says Lentz. “The world is like a flat surface with all the trees acting as sponges on it. The trees absorb the water. Without the trees, there is no buffer to stop the water from runoff. That causes soil erosion, which then chokes the rivers and streams. With no trees, you lose water retention in the soil or aquifers so the ground dries up and then there is less transpiration, so therefore less rainfall as well.”

            In addition to using the trees as timber, the Maya also burned the trees, adding carbon to the air in the form of carbon dioxide. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and return oxygen in its place, thus cleaning and purifying the air.

            “Forests provide many benefits to society,” says Lentz. “The Maya forests provided timber, fuel, food, fiber and medicine in addition to the ecosystem services of cleansing the air and water. Just as forests provided essential resources for the ancient Maya, the same is true for our civilization today.”

            A UC research team, which will again include archaeologist Vern Scarborough and geographer Nick Dunning, will be returning to Tikal in February 2010. Some of the key questions that remain are how did the Maya control their water resources, when did the deforestation occur, what trees were used when, did the Maya plant large orchards and where were the sacred groves.

            “We’re saying in the end they were unsuccessful,” says Lentz. “But they kept it going for several hundreds of years — so they must have done some things right.”

            This research was funded by grants from WennerGren and National Science Foundation award #0810118.

          • coal miner


            Trail of Tears

            “When the white man first came to this land, we had the land and they had the bible. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them again, we had the bible and the white man had the land.”

          • coal miner

            because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues. … and mutilated limbs strewn in all directions that roused the horror of …. *Cortez, Pizarro, De Soto and hundreds of other spanish conquistadors ….. He committed suicide in prison and guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied around …

          • coal miner


            They didn’t have horses,that was the mode of ancient travel.The wheel would be of no use.”Necssity is the mother of all invention”:Albert Einstein

  • LiliQ

    Carrington Event’s issues are easily resolved by the antique Faraday Cage. But the problems of frying electric lines have been fairly routine, check the sunspot activity and related electric line interference. More than likely, the government has again hardened its own systems against the liklihood of Carrington effects, so the only effect of the Carrington Event will be on the unnecessary masses who live on trucked goods, etc.

  • death to non believers

    oh no !!! more global warming !!!!

  • oldbill

    That’s interesting. I’ve been observing the sun since 1996. I have an 8″ telescope with an objective filter that reduces the incoming light 1000/1. The sun has a 22 year cycle of sunspots, ranging from no spots (Solar Max) to many spots and then back to no spots. The sun rotates on its axix every 28 days, so a spot is only a problem if their is a large emission just prior to the spot facing the earth. The earth is moving at 67,000 miles per hour in its orbit, so a lot of Kentucky windage is necessary for the emission to hit the earth. For an emisson to leave the suns surface it has to occur at 100,000 mph or greater. To put that into perspective, the space shuttle launched at 18,000 mph. A 38 special coming out of the barrel of a gun is traveling about 600 mph. Most material from most emissions do not leave the suns photosphere.

  • stewart mitchell

    The CME prophesy says that a genetic bomb will be turned on that targets the heart. Only a couple billion drop dead because the antidote is provided. Unfortunately the antidote is late and not effective in saving the rest. The rest die in war. What a shame. The genetic bomb might terminate the ICE due to emissions.

  • 45caliber

    This really isn’t new. I’ve heard a dozen different but similar stories to this one in the last two weeks alone.

  • ChristyK

    This article is a little late. It appeared about a week ago and is about to disappear now.

  • simian pete

    These Solar Flares aren’t something to laugh about…..

    The radiation that gets thru to Earth’s surface causes biological damage. These events knock YEARS OFF your lifespan ….

  • s c

    If nothing else, we got through a potential global-warming article without someone daring to claim that if we start praying to Al ‘duh’ Gore Earth will be “saved.” People need to get beyond the fact that some natural events are beyond our ability to prevent.
    Take one day at a time, and if it makes you feel better, pass some gas in Gore’s direction. Don’t waste your time thinking he can or will help in ANY science matters. I’d be surprised if he took any science courses up to and including the college/university level(s).

  • Bruce

    As for the danger of a solar flare hitting the earth and knocking out power grids, etc. there is Someone who created the sun and is well able to protect His people as He has down the centuries. He hasn’t resigned and isn’t about to. His Son will be returning to earth soon. Cheer up!

  • James T

    Where the hell is SUPERMAN when you need him?


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