NASA has just released data from the orbiting WISE telescope that indicates there are a lot more asteroids out there that can hit us then they previously new about. While letting us know there is no need to panic, NASA has indicated that they are paying much closer attention then they had before. More asteroids tand larger ones than previously thought are in orbits that potentially could collide with Earth. Impacting with Earth could create a host of environmental hazards not to mention extensive damage and loss of life. A small asteroid of 40 meters in size impacting earth would be equivalent to the detonation of a 3 megaton nuclear bomb.
The sun has fired another blast directly at Earth. A class M8.4 solar X-ray flare just was just sent hurling in our direction at 12:44 PM (EST) today from sunspot (AR1429) again . This is a major flare that is just a couple of points short of an X-Class flare and it is directly facing Earth so we will feel it with full force. Our magnetosphere is already stressed from the recent barrage and this can’t make things any better. The chance of a strong geomagnetic storm is probable. This post will be updated as more details are determined. Sometime during the morning of March 12, a strong (K7 or higher) geomagnetic storm will arrive in the form of a magnetic cloud resulting from the full halo CME generated on March 9.
March 7th we predicted that a major solar flare would happen within 12-24 hours. It took 36 hours instead but an M6.3-Class flare has occurred from AR 1429 this morning. The resulting CME is directly facing Earth and will arrive March 11th or early March 12th. A major geomagnetic storm of Kp7 or greater will hit us potentially affecting radio, airline and GPS systems.
- Solar flares could cause “as much devastation as a tsunami” (telegraph.co.uk)
- Strong solar flares still shooting out from active spot on sun (foxnews.com)
The sun has hurled a 2nd X Class flare at Earth. The flare was measured at X1.3 and was not directly aimed at Earth. This is the 2nd X-Class flare from sunspot AR1429 in less than 24 hrs. It is expected to reach the sometime in the next 24-48 hours and will create geomagnetic disturbances that may significantly disrupt radio and GPS systems.
- Sun blasts out an X-treme flare (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
Sunspot AR1429 has already sent two CMEs into space since it began turning earthward over the weekend. Neither CME is heading directly at Earth, but both are expected to hit our planet’s magnetosphere. NOAA forecasters predict the CME’s will create a 30% to 40% chance of geomagnetic storms during the next 24-48 hours.
- Powerful Solar Flare May Be Signal of More to Come (livescience.com)