The Big Blast


You know, for as much as we humans think we really have control over our planet, nature tends to remind us from time to time that we are just flyspecks in the vastness of space and energy. Take for example the amount of energy we get from the sun: 174.0 PetaWatts – (10^15 watts) which is the total power received by the Earth from the Sun. Now compare that to this news item.

From Slashdot: Astronomers are still speculating as to what could have caused an abnormally strong five millisecond burst to be detected six years ago when it completely saturated their recording equipment. From the article: ‘The burst was so bright that at the time it was first recorded it was dismissed as man-made radio interference. It put out a huge amount of power (10^33 Joules), equivalent to a large (2000MW) power station running for two billion billion years.

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Evan Jones
September 29, 2007 1:58 pm

Is that a heat measurement or TSI?

September 29, 2007 2:57 pm

It’s going to take some new type of instrumentation at the USHCN sites to capture 5 ms global warming events.

John Andrews
September 29, 2007 4:42 pm

It that had happened anywhere in our galaxy, we would all be dead!

September 30, 2007 6:25 am

Love your site. Especially like the pictures of the weather stations and the graphs that accompany them! This does more for reality than anything this side of

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