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Don't put away your sun screen just yet
2003 11 18

by Mitch Battros (ECTV)

Bill Murtagh from the NASA/NOAA Space Weather Center, has now given us a "heads-up" coming this Thanksgiving. Murtagh reminds us "There's been nothing quite like this" as he reminds us of November 4th's "record breaking" solar flares. He goes on to state: "Another big blow is not what anyone needs."

The reason for the stark warning is due to sunspot regions 486 and 488, which produced 11 X-Class flares and 9 M-Class flares two weeks ago, is coming around the eastern limb of the Sun. With SOHO's new Michelson-Doppler Imager (MDI), we can monitor sunspots on the far side of the Sun. And unfortunately, 486 and 488 look as healthy as ever.

The Space Weather Center is concerned enough, to have issued an alert to all airlines. It is quite possible, for the first time ever, flights may be canceled, delayed, or re-directed. "This period will go into the history books as one of the most dramatic," said Paal Brekke, deputy project scientist for SOHO, a joint U.S.-European observatory between Earth and the sun.

Well well, and look what we have here. The very same solar physicist, David Hathaway, who was made to look like Hathaway believed "everything is normal", according to journalist Tony Phillips, now comes out and makes the following statement. Hathaway states: "scientists compare this (recent solar events) to a blizzard in California. It sounds incredible, but "something like that just happened on the sun," says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. "Normal", I don't think so.

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