Insights into the physics of space weather that disrupts cell phones and creates Earthly havoc

From the American Physical Society News from the 2014 APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting Each second, the sun hurls millions of tons of hot, charged plasma gas into space. This volatile “solar wind” buffets the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, and can whip up geomagnetic storms that disrupt cell phone service,…

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Winning Slowly

I wanted to highlight an interesting article by Dr. Daniel Botkin. It seems that it helps to be a Professor Emeritus in order to be able to speak your mind freely. Among other things, Dr. Botkin says: Whatever is happening to Earth’s climate does not seem to be our fault. What he said … =================================== Climate Is Changing,…

Partial solar eclipse shows off massive sunspot

From the National Science Foundation: Press Release 14-141 Spotlighting the sun October 24, 2014 Astronomers with the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) captured pictures not only of Thursday’s partial solar eclipse, but also of the “monster” sized active region or sun spot that has many comparing it to one of a…