S3 – Strong solar radiation storm in progress, active alert for aircrews and pregnant passengers

– September 11, 2017

A powerful X8.2 solar flare erupted from Region 2673, located just around the visible disk, at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017, causing R3 – Strong radio blackout and a rapid increase in relativistic proton levels. Within just 3 hours, solar radiation storm reached S3 – Strong levels (on a scale of 1 – 5).

The proton flux exceeded the S1 – Minor threshold at 16:45 UTC and continued to increase to a peak flux of 1 040 pfu at 18:45 UTC – R3 – Strong solar radiation storm threshold. Proton levels still remain at those levels at 07:49 UTC on September 11.

An enhancement in the energetic portion of the solar radiation spectrum may indicate increased biological risk to astronauts or passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights. Additionally, energetic particles may represent an increased risk to all satellite systems susceptible to single event effects.

As reported by Dr. Tamitha Skov, a credentialed Space Meteorologist, due to the ongoing S3-level radiation storm, NASA model has an active alert for aircrew and prenatal [pregnant] passengers on transcontinental flights now. Check NAIRAS.


4th X-class flare: X8.2 erupts from Region 2673, second strongest of the cycle

– September 10, 2017

A major solar flare measuring X8.2 at its peak time erupted from Active Region 2673 at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017. The event started at 16:44, peaked at 16:06 and ended at 16:31 UTC. This is the 4th X-class solar flare from this region since September 6 and the second strongest of the current solar cycle (Solar Cycle 24).

A Type II (estimated velocity 928 km/s) and IV radio emissions were associated with this event, suggesting a strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. However, due to this region’s location on the Sun’s west limb, Earth-directed CME is not likely.

The event was also associated with a 10cm Radio Burst lasting 76 minutes with peak flux of 1900 sfu. A 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the 10cm wavelength was double or greater than the initial 10cm radio background. This can be indicative of significant radio noise in association with a solar flare. This noise is generally short-lived but can cause interference for sensitive receivers including radar, GPS, and satellite communications.

Additionally, as usual with west limb eruptions, proton particles immediately spiked.


The Sun Just Erupted: Blackouts Reported After Huge Solar Flare

Mac Slavo – September 7, 2017

The sun just released a massive solar flare. In fact, this is the largest solar flare emitted in the past decade, and the earth has already been affected by blackouts.

NASA has reported a huge solar flare was emitted by the Sun and it is the most powerful one since 2006.  This solar flare has already caused some radio blackouts on Earth and it may cause aurora visible as far south as London.  On the morning of September 6, scientists watched as two X-flares were unleashed by the sun.

The stronger flare was the second of the two emitted by the Sun yesterday morning and it was seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). At 5:10 AM EDT, the Sun unleashed an X2.2 flare, with X-class denoting the most intense flares. Then, at 8:02 AM EDT, a much bigger flare measuring X9.3 was unleashed. By comparison, the last time we saw a flare this big was in 2006, which measured at X9.0. The number shows the intensity, with X2 being twice as intense as X1, X3 three times as intense, and so on.

The loops of plasma emitted during these two flares were ten times the size of planet Earth. Scientists got to watch the massive coronal mass ejection from these flares, which can be seen below in the gif provided.


Direct CME hit expected, G3 Strong geomagnetic storm watch issued

– September 05, 2017

An asymmetric full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by the M5.5 solar flare at 20:33 UTC on September 4, 2017 is traveling toward Earth and is expected to arrive late on September 6. G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for September 6 and 7.

Region responsible for this eruption – AR 2673 – grew vigorously from September 2 to 4, quickly becoming one of the largest sunspots of the year. It now has ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic configuration and harbors energy for both M-class (71% chance) and X-class (25% chance) solar flares over the next three days.

The region is now moving away from the center of the Earth-facing Sun but Earth-directed CMEs are still very much likely.


Giant asteroid ‘Florence’ whizzes past Earth revealing two moons (IMAGES, VIDEOS)

RT – September 2, 2017

The largest asteroid to come so close to Earth in over a century whizzed by the planet Friday without a hitch – and revealed two tiny moons in the process.

The highly anticipated asteroid ‘3122 Florence,’ measuring a whopping 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) in width, came within 4.4 million miles (7 million km) of Earth. The gap is the equivalent of 18 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

“Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the NASA program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began,” Paul Chodas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said of the fly-by.

Radar images of the giant rock obtained from NASA’s Goldstone Solar System center in California have provided the first-up close views of Florence, named after 19th-century English nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.


A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 – and NASA says it’s the largest to come this close since they began keeping track

Cheyenne Macdonald – August 18, 2017

A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1.

Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

According to NASA, this is the closest an asteroid of this size has come since they first began tracking near-Earth objects, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study it up close through ground-based radar observations.

While it may sound alarming, NASA says asteroid Florence will safely fly past Earth at a distance of about 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers).


Total solar eclipse: What you need to know (VIDEO)

RT – August 18, 2017

The continental US will experience its first total solar eclipse in 40 years on August 21. Here’s everything you need to know about the celestial event, from how it happens to how to watch it safely.

A total or partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, putting us in the moon’s shadow. It happens about once every six months, but for the first time in 40 years, the path of the moon’s shadow will cross the continental US.

Though different in size, the distance of the moon and the sun from Earth, (239,000 miles and 93,000,000 miles respectively) means they can appear the same size from Earth’s point of view.

Those in the path of ‘totality’ – the 70-mile (112km) wide shadowed area outlined by NASA  –  will experience a brief twilight in the middle of the day, where observers can experience the cloak of darkness as it moves across them and continues its journey across the face of the Earth.

How long each person will experience the blackout depends on where they are in the shadowed path. Those at the edge might only experience the phenomenon for a few seconds, while those at the center of the path will get darkness for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.


100-Year-Old Jewish Prophecy Says Eclipse Signals End of North Korean Regime

Veronica Neffinger -August 16, 2017

A 100-year-old Jewish prophecy has predicted that this Monday’s total solar eclipse signals the end of North Korea’s regime.

According to Breaking Israel News, the prophecy has to do with the Hebrew month in which the eclipse takes place.

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, explains the significance of the century-old prophecy text Yalkut Moshe (which means Collection of Moses): “The prophecy states that when a solar eclipse occurs exactly as it will next week, in the beginning of the month of Elul, kings of the East will suffer great loss.”

The current turmoil between the U.S. and North Korea, and the fact that the total solar eclipse will be focused on North America (the U.S.), suggests that the prophecy is referring to North Korea when it says the “kings of the East.”


Major Upcoming Solar Eclipse Holds Divine Moral Warning for America: Rabbi

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – August 14, 2017

The Biblical plague of darkness will be dramatically replayed next week when a rare solar eclipse transits across the full width of the United States. This astronomical phenomenon, unique in the entire solar system, is described in ancient Jewish sources which one rabbi interprets as a divine warning specifically targeting the United States.

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will mark a trail from the Northwest US to the Southeast Atlantic Seaboard. The eclipse will occur on the last day of the Hebrew month Av, a day known as Yom Kippur Katan, the “small day of repentance.” The morning after the eclipse, Jews will  begin blowing the shofar every morning for a 40-day period of profound repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. This corresponds to the 40 days Moses was on Mount Sinai atoning for the Jewish people


Asteroid flyby in October: A drill for the end of the world?

– August 2, 2017

The asteroid has not been seen since its 2012 discovery, when it sped past Earth at about one-fourth the distance from Earth to the moon. It’s been too distant and too faint to be detected over the last five years. As it starts to approach Earth this summer, large telescopes will be used to detect it and re-establish the asteroid’s precise trajectory.

The asteroid, known as 2012 TC4, could come as close as 4,200 miles to Earth, NASA said. That’s actually fairly close, when you consider that the moon is about 239,000 miles away.

The space rock measures somewhere between 30 and 100 feet long, roughly the same size as the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15, 2013.

While NASA estimated that object was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, it exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs.