Good morning readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
Those of us stuck with the responsibility for bringing Old Sol up mornings and helping him down evenings try to stay tuned to his moods and political opinions. Especially the DST time changes, of which he just about has a bellyfull.
Here’s what he had to say about this one. You’ll have to listen closely because he recorded it 78 rpm and there’s a lot of static. If you have trouble picking the message out of the background noise, the general summary of his thoughts is that he’s damned sick of it.
WEEKEND SOLAR FLARE: Sunspot AR1429 is still erupting this weekend. On Saturday, March 10th, it produced a powerful M8-class flare that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. During the flare, New Mexico amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded a series of radio bursts at 21 and 28 MHz:
The roaring sounds you just heard are caused by shock waves plowing through the sun’s atmosphere in the aftermath of the explosion. “There is incredible complexity in the waveforms,” notes Ashcraft. “This is a recording of one of the most turbulent events in all of Nature!”
In addition, the explosion propelled yet another CME toward Earth. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the cloud will hit our planet’s magnetosphere on March 12th at 1803 UT (+/- 7 hr), possibly sparking a new round of geomagnetic storms.
After passing Earth, the CME will also hit the Mars Science Lab (MSL) spacecraft on March 13th followed by Mars itself on March 14th. Mars rover Curiosity onboard MSL might get some interesting readings as the cloud passes by.
Meanwhile, those of you who prefer the emotional side of things have probably been looking forward to the disgusting kissee-kissee going on between Jupiter and Venus.
All I can tell you is it’s an illusion. Jupiter and Venus don’t have enough in common to allow a lasting, meaningful relationship. This is just cheap, physical attraction causing this. Cheerleader Venus shamelessly wrapping herself around the arm of grotesque jockstrap Jupiter for the duration of a shared climax.
No candlelight dinners and moonlight walks for Jupiter and Venus. They’ll each drift their own ways and be off flirting with someone else in just about the amount of time it takes to calculate it.
Today on Ask Old Jules: Learning from Nature?
Old Jules, what have you learned from nature?