May 27, 2009
Mitch Battros reports:
Solar Cycle 24 has begun - and it has been predicted by NASA, NOAA and ESA to be up
to 50% stronger than its 'record breaking' predecessor Cycle 23 which produced the
largest solar flare ever recorded. The Sun will reach its 'apex' (maximum) in late 2011 into
2012.  

"I believe it will be the magnetic influence produced by the Sun which will usher in what is
described by our ancient ancestors as "the transition" bringing us to a new state-of-being".
http:/
/www.earthchangesmedia.com

May 10, 2009
Solar cycle 24 update HERE

March 27, 2009
Solar storm could cause planetary disaster at any time, warn scientists
Daily Mail, U.K.
HERE.

January 12, 2009
As we discussed in the Complete Idiots Guide to 2012, cycle 24 can be trouble for 2012.
This week NASA has officially warned of possible catastrophic sun flare activity -
discussion
document released.

December 2, 2008.
A New Sun Spells New Trouble.

Our Sun is muscling up again. According to NASA, solar cycle 24 is showing increased
activity. Considering that the Sun is to blame for some unfavorable climate changes on the
Earth, the coming decade could spell more trouble for our planet.

Link: Earth Changes TV at:
http://www.earthchangesmedia.com/cgi-bin/artman2/search.cgi
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December 1, 2008
A solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole should reach Earth on Dec. 3rd or 4th.
Credit: SOHO Extreme UV

Link:
http://spaceweather.com/
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January 10, 2008. (Continued from Image above)
"On January 4, 2008, a reversed-polarity sunspot appeared—and this signals the start of
Solar Cycle 24," says David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Doug Biesecker of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, likens
sunspot 981 "to the first robin of spring. There's still snow on the ground, but the seasons
are changing." Last year, Biesecker chaired the Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel, an
international group of experts from many universities and government agencies. "We
predicted that Solar Cycle 24 would begin around March 2008 and it looks like we weren't
far off," he says.

Right: The first auroras of the new solar cycle, photographed Jan. 4, 2008, by Calvin Hall
of Palmer, Alaska. [more]

The onset of a new solar cycle is significant because of our increasingly space-based
technological society.

"Solar storms can disable satellites that we depend on for weather forecasts and GPS
navigation," says Hathaway. Radio bursts from solar flares can directly interfere with cell
phone reception while coronal mass ejections (CMEs) hitting Earth can cause electrical
power outages. "The most famous example is the Quebec outage of 1989, which left some
Canadians without power for as much as six days."

Air travel can be affected, too.

Every year, intercontinental flights carry thousands of passengers over Earth’s poles. It's
the shortest distance between, say, New York and Tokyo or Beijing and Chicago. In 1999,
United Airlines made just twelve trips over the Arctic. By 2005, the number of flights had
ballooned to 1,402. Other airlines report similar growth.

"Solar storms have a big effect on polar regions of our planet," says Steve Hill of the Space
Weather Prediction Center. "When airplanes fly over the poles during solar storms, they
can experience radio blackouts, navigation errors and computer reboots all caused by
space radiation." Avoiding the poles during solar storms solves the problem, but it costs
extra time, money and fuel to "take the long way around."

Now for the good news: More solar storms also means more auroras—"the greatest show
on Earth." During the last solar maximum, Northern Lights were spotted as far south as
Arizona, Florida and California. Not so long ago, only visitors to the Arctic regularly
enjoyed auroras, but with increasing attention to space weather and constantly improving
forecasts, millions of people at all latitudes will know when to go out and look.

Much of this is still years away. "Intense solar activity won't begin immediately," notes
Hathaway. "Solar cycles usually take a few years to build from solar minimum (where we
are now) to Solar Max, expected in 2011 or 2012."

It's a slow journey, but we're on our way.

Link:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/10jan_solarcycle24.htm

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CONSENSUS STATEMENT OF THE SOLAR CYCLE 24 PREDICTION PANEL
March 20, 2007

The Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel anticipates the solar minimum marking the onset of
Cycle 24 will occur in March, 2008 (±6 months). The panel reached this conclusion due to
the absence of expected signatures of minimum-like conditions on the Sun at the time of
the panel meeting in March, 2007: there have been no high-latitude sunspots observed with
the expected Cycle 24 polarity; the configuration of the large scale white-light corona has
not yet relaxed to a simple dipole; the heliospheric current sheet has not yet flattened; and
activity measures, such as cosmic ray flux, radio flux, and sunspot number, have not yet
reached typical solar minimum values.

In light of the expected long interval until the onset of Cycle 24, the Prediction Panel has
been unable to resolve a sufficient number of questions to reach a single, consensus
prediction for the amplitude of the cycle. The deliberations of the panel supported two
possible peak amplitudes for the smoothed International Sunspot Number (Ri): Ri = 140
±20 and Ri = 90 ±10. Important questions to be resolved in the year following solar
minimum will lead to a consensus decision by the panel.

The panel agrees solar maximum will occur near October, 2011 for the large cycle
(Ri=140) case and August, 2012 for the small cycle (Ri=90) prediction.

Link:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SolarCycle/SC24/Statement_01.html
Additional NASA data: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SolarCycle/SC24/index.html
The Sun's activity and the all
important cycle 24 has started.
Above: Images of the first sunspot of Solar Cycle 24 taken by the NASA/ESA Solar and
Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). [Larger image] [Movie]

Solar activity waxes and wanes in 11-year cycles. Lately, we've been experiencing the low
ebb, "very few flares, sunspots, or activity of any kind," says Hathaway. "Solar minimum
is upon us."

The previous solar cycle, Solar Cycle 23, peaked in 2000-2002 with many furious solar
storms. That cycle decayed as usual to the present quiet leaving solar physicists little to do
other than wonder, when would the next cycle begin?


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The answer is now.

"New solar cycles always begin with a high-latitude, reversed polarity sunspot," explains
Hathaway. "Reversed polarity" means a sunspot with opposite magnetic polarity compared
to sunspots from the previous solar cycle. "High-latitude" refers to the sun's grid of latitude
and longitude. Old cycle spots congregate near the sun's equator. New cycle spots appear
higher, around 25 or 30 degrees latitude.

The sunspot that appeared on January 4th fits both these criteria. It was high latitude (30
degrees N) and magnetically reversed. NOAA named the spot AR10981, or "sunspot 981"
for short.

Sunspot 981 was small--only about as wide as Earth, which counts as small on the grand
scale of the sun--and it has already faded away. But its three day appearance on Jan. 4-6
was enough to convince most solar physicists that Solar Cycle 24 is underway.

For the remainder of this report, jump to January 10, 2008 below

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N.A.S.A. and Prof Michio Kaku now on the same page as The Complete
Idiots Guide to 2012
:  Solar Cycle 24 which was predicted by them as
being quiet now agree there is potential for 2012 to be very serious.
January 2, 2010.
By Colin Andrews

Ironically on November 13 2009 Synthia and I as co-authors of the book The Complete
Idiots Guide to 2012 were invited onto Fox and Friends national television show to discuss
the book and what implications we thought there were associatedf with the 2012 Mayan
Prophecy. This was to be a lead into the launch of the movie 2012, launched the next day.
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/11/09/truth-doomsday-hype/

Logistics and timing meant the slot was in fact filled by Prof Michio Kaku.  

The Professor appeared live and as expected debunked 2012 in its entirety and finally laughed
saying ‘I would not quit your day job”.

In a 360 degree turn around NASA and Prof. Kaku appearing in a much more serious
demenor now with an unusualy off balance presenter Bill Hemmor to say:

“…………You see us scientists made a mistake, we thought that the next solar cycles
was going to be quiet. Well some of our data was off by a factor of 20 and that’s why
we are issuing this alert now. We made a mistake, the next cycle (24) peaking around
2012 WILL BE MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN WE PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.

Now in the past we dodged the bullet because we didn’t have that many satellites up
there 11, 22 years ago. Back in 1990 we didn’t have that many space satellites up
there…… Lets hope this is a dud, lets hope nothing happens, however what if, what if
our communication satellites are wiped out billions of business activities could be
jeopardized”……..

This statement now puts NASA back to where they were when we researched for the book
and as we reported on page 197 of the book - also see The 2012 debate on this website.
==========
The gambit of announcements:

Dec 21 2006 – Cycle 24 is going to be very big:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/21dec_cycle24.htm

Jan 9 2009 – Power Grid could be closed down for months or years:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,478024,00.html

May 29, 2009 – Cycle 24 will be quietest since 1928:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/29may_noaaprediction.htm
First Registered M-Class Solar Flare just took place (Cycle 24)
M2.3 Solar Flare / Eastern Limb
01/19/2010 by Kevin VE3EN at 13:55

M2.3 Flare - The first registered M-Class flare of Cycle 24 has taken place at 13:41 UTC
Tuesday around the new region about to rotate into view on the Eastern Limb. Several
C-Class flares have taken place as well. This event did cause a G1 Radio Blackout according
to NOAA.

M2.3 Captured by STEREO Behind (Tuesday)

http://solarcycle24.com/
Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:
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Status
Status
 
From n3kl.org
Status of the Sun updated every ten minutes
Real-Time Magnetosphere
Simulation
HERE
Wow! The Sun has become hyper-dynamic the past few days.
February 7, 2010

Solar active region 1045 has grown at an extraordinary rate the past 48 hours and has unleashed
multiple solar flares including a major M6 x-ray flare on Feb. 7, 2010 at 0230 UT. Below are photos
of region 1045 taken at 2058 UT on Feb 6, 2010 during an M1.6 x-ray flare.
There have been many radio bursts as well. Below are some specimens captured on our decametric
radio telescope array here in New Mexico.
http://spaceweather.com/images2010/08feb10/midi512_blank.gif?PHPSESSID=50iastcn1p77lh58ud1
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Region 1045 revved up in last few hours.
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EARTH CHANGES
THE 2012 DEBATE - SOLAR CYCLE 24
                                by Claudine Zap

Don't be alarmed. High above your heads, a zombie satellite is on the loose. OK, actually, it won't
really be a bother to us earthlings. Or at least to most of us. (More on that later.) But the rogue
communications satellite is wreaking havoc in Earth's orbit and does threaten to interfere with
signals coming from other satellites. Here's the backstory...

The communications satellite named Galaxy 15 lost contact with ground control after a solar flare
probably fried its brain. As a story from the Christian Science Monitor reports, attempts from Earth
to contact the satellite have been unsuccessful. But instead of just dying and drifting off, the satellite
has continued to orbit the Earth, even though it refuses to receive instructions from its owner,
Intelsat.

For the science nerds out there: The satellite is still on, with its "C-band telecommunications
payload still functioning even as it has left its assigned orbital slot of 133 degrees west longitude
36,000 kilometers over the equator." Translation: Not good.

What's confounding scientists is that even though the satellite is toast, it continues to operate at full
power, but with nobody telling it what to do. Why on earth we should care: The "zombiesat" (as its
known in space talk) could steal a working sat signal, and interrupt programming for its customers.
Yes, that means our television programs. The horror. As the blog Boing Boing points out, Galaxy 15
was one of the satellites that carried the Syfy channel's signal. And now it's met an end good
enough to be its own Syfy show.

The Galaxy 15 is on course to mess with an SES satellite that transmits to Luxembourg. If it's any
consolation to the good people of Luxembourg, officials are calling the situation "unprecedented."

The undead satellite has caused searches for "galaxy 15 satellite" to rise an astronomical 10,300% in
the last week. Searches were also out of this world for "nasa satellite imagery," "satellite photo,"
and "nasa satellites." It's also caused people to wonder "how many satellites are in space." Not
enough to bump into each other. Yet.

Item today from :
HERE.
                          Note by Colin Andrews
ZOMBIE SATELLITE THREATENS OTHER CRAFT - Satellite Galaxy 15 lost contact with
ground control after a solar flare probably fried its brain.

Solar Cycle 24 already causing problems with still two years to its peak and what some, including
NASA and the Mayan Prophecy, fear big problems for Earth's electrical and electronic circuits
.
                             ----------------------
A Satellite "goes rogue" and Inexplicably Begins Stealing Other
Communications Signals.
More Active Sun Means Nasty Solar Storms Ahead
                        space.com – Wed Jun 9, 6:00 pm ET

The sun is about to get a lot more active, which could have ill effects on Earth. So to prepare, top sun
scientists met Tuesday to discuss the best ways to protect Earth's satellites and other vital systems from the
coming
solar storms.

Solar storms occur when sunspots on our star erupt and spew out flumes of charged particles that can
damage power systems. The sun's activity typically follows an 11-year cycle, and it looks to be coming out
of a slump and gearing up for an active period.

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher
levels of solar activity," said Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division. "At the same
time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The
intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."

Fisher and other experts met at the Space Weather Enterprise Forum, which took place in Washington, D.C.,
at the National Press Club.

Bad news for gizmos

People of the 21st century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. But smart power grids, GPS
navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can
all be knocked out by
intense solar activity.

A major solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina, warned the
National Academy of Sciences in a 2008 report, "Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic
Impacts." [Photos: Sun storms.]

Luckily, much of the damage can be mitigated if managers know a storm is coming. That's why better
understanding of solar weather, and the ability to give advance warning, is especially important.

Putting satellites in 'safe mode' and disconnecting transformers can protect electronics from damaging
electrical surges.

"Space weather forecasting is still in its infancy, but we're making rapid progress," said Thomas Bogdan,
director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Space Weather Prediction Center
in Boulder, Colo.

Eyes on the sun

NASA and NOAA work together to manage a fleet of satellites that monitor the sun and help to predict its
changes.

A pair of spacecraft called STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) is stationed on opposite sides
of the sun, offering a combined view of 90 percent of the solar surface. In addition, SDO (the Solar
Dynamics Observatory), which just launched in February 2010, is able to photograph solar active regions
with unprecedented spectral, temporal and spatial resolution. Also, an old satellite called the Advanced
Composition Explorer (ACE), which launched in 1997, is still chugging along monitoring winds coming off
the sun. And there are dozens more dedicated to solar science.

"I believe we're on the threshold of a new era in which space weather can be as influential in our daily lives
as ordinary terrestrial weather." Fisher said. "We take this very seriously indeed."

Gallery:
Hyperactive Sun
Video - How Space Storms Wreak Havoc on Earth
Gallery: Solar Storms

Original Story: More Active Sun Means Nasty Solar Storms Ahead
SPACE.com offers rich and compelling content about space science, travel and exploration as well as
astronomy, technology, business news and more.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100609/sc_space/moreactivesunmeansnastysolarstormsahead

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150 Years Ago: The Worst Solar Storm Ever
By Robert Roy Britt
Editorial Director
posted: 02 September 2009
09:40 am ET

On Sept. 2, 1859, an incredible storm of charged particles sent by the sun slammed into Earth's atmosphere,
overpowered it, and caused havoc on the ground. Telegraph wires, the high-tech stuff of the time, suddenly
shorted out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires. Colorful aurora, normally visible only
in polar regions, were seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii.

Earth's magnetic field normally protects the surface of the planet from some storms. In 1859, the planet's
defenses were totally overwhelmed. Over the past decade, similar but less powerful storms have likewise
busted through, giving scientists insight into what will eventually happen again.

The outlook is not rosy.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090902-1859-solar-storm.html

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A reminder that we wrote
about the concerns of solar
cycle 24 in our book
The
Complete Idiots Guide to
2012.
Click book to order
Colin Andrews quote from UK
Government briefing:
In less than ten seconds the entire
planet's electrical infrastructure
could be destroyed and take up to
fifteen years to repair.
.............

Richard Fisher at NASA:
"The sun is waking up from a deep
slumber, and in the next few years
we expect to see much higher levels
of solar activity," said Richard
Fisher, head of NASA's
Heliophysics Division. "At the same
time, our technological society has
developed an unprecedented
sensitivity to solar storms. The
intersection of these two issues is
what we're getting together to
discuss." - read opposite.
...................

More evidence to support the
contents of our book The Complete
Idiots Guide to 2012 and the Mayan
Prophecy. "This is much more than
prophecy, its an understanding of
natural cycles and science" - Colin
Andrews..
In 1989, energized particles from
coronal mass ejections (CME) on
the solar surface bombarded Earth,
knocking satellites out of orbit and
disrupting communications
networks. In Canada, a power
surge triggered by a CME damaged
a power grid, leaving 6 million
people in Quebec and the
northeastern United States without
power for more than nine hours.

Source.
NASA and Governments Worried That Cycle 24 Could put us back 100 Years
Solar Storm Could Cause Serious Problems NASA Say - Meeting called to
discuss precautions
HERE
Updated - June 14, 2010
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Space Weather Turns into an International Problem
July 16, 2010:  Sometimes a problem is so big, one country cannot handle it alone.

That's the message scientists are delivering at today's International Living with a Star (ILWS) meeting
in Bremen, Germany, and representatives from more than 25 of the world's most technologically-
advanced nations have gathered to hear what they have to say.

"The problem is solar storms—figuring out how to predict them and stay safe from their effects," says
ILWS Chairperson Lika Guhathakurta of NASA headquarters. "We need to make progress on this
before the next solar maximum arrives around 2013." Full article by NASA
HERE
Thanks to Jan Delgado for sending this article.
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Enormous Ring is Developing on the Sun Photo
Original article October 16, 2010

What is this strange ring that has been developing on the Sun during 16-Oct?

Sunspot 1112, located in the southeast quadrant, has been the source of a giant filament that is currently
stretching 400,000 km across the surface of the Sun.

However, today, there appears to be development of a enormous circular ring which looks to be linking
with the huge magnetic filament of sunspot 1112. Most of today’s various wavelength images of the Sun
all show this feature over at the SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) – NASA website.

SpaceWeather.com today reports,

A vast filament of magnetism is cutting across the Sun’s southern hemisphere today. A bright ‘hot spot’
just north of the filament’s midpoint is UV radiation from sunspot 1112. The proximity is no coincidence;
the filament appears to be rooted in the sunspot below. If sunspot flares, it could cause the entire structure
to erupt. This active region merits watching…

What concerns me is that if indeed this is a huge magnetic filament nearly encircling the entire Sun, it is
now currently directly facing the Earth. If sunspot 1112 does erupt, could the entire filament explode into
a massive CME?

This particular phenomenon will be all over in a few days as it rotates around the Sun, but it serves to
remind us that there are more and more events happening on the Sun as we transit into the next solar cycle
maximum (peaking ~ 2012 into 2013).

CME is short for coronal mass ejection, a plasma made up of mostly electrons and protons.

Basically, a CME is electromagnetic radiation that is ejected from active regions of the sun.

CMEs directed at Earth can interfere with  radio communications, harm satellites, and even damage
electrical power transmission circuits and infrastructure, potentially causing widespread power grid failure.
The biggest threat to human civilization is the later, a massive power grid failure, which could take months
or even years to repair. This circumstance would require an extremely powerful CME, which fortunately
do not occur on a regular basis.

Update 16-Oct-2010:

Issued: 2010 Oct 16 2156 UTC
Product: documentation at http://www.sidc.be/products/presto
#——————————————————————–#
# FAST WARNING ‘PRESTO’ MESSAGE from the SIDC (RWC-Belgium) #
#——————————————————————–#
An M2.9 X-ray flare occurred at 19:12UT at S20W26 in the vicinity of
active region 1112. There is no evidence for an associated CME. The
flare was confined in time. The filament in the neighborhood of the
flare site didn’t erupt as can be seen in PROBA2/SWAP images.

Sunspot 1112 just produced a solar flare (16-Oct, 2156 UTC) and we have apparently dodged a bullet for
the moment… it did not ignite the massive filament. However, Sunspot 1112 is still Earth-facing and could
easily flare again… Eyes are still on it…

Update 17-Oct-2010:

While reports are indicating that yesterdays M3-class eruption was the largest in three months, sunspot
1112 is still growing and the huge associated filament remains intact and ready to ignite should a larger
flare explode in the upcoming hours.
What Just Happened To The Sun?
Posted October 20, 2010
(Thanks to Brigitte Trahan)
Update 18-Oct-2010:

Sunspot 1112 and its monstrous 400,000 km filament located in the southeast quadrant, continues its (left
to right) rotation around the sun, while still Earth facing and intact.
Composite Image from 17-Oct-2010, 1435 UTC
A total of five “B” and “C” -class flares ignited today from sunspot region 1112, a high number but fairly
small in intensity, not enough to ignite the filament.

Check out the close-up image of the region as it makes its way towards the south east edge. Image from
AIA (Atmospheric Imager Assembly) wavelength: 171 angstroms.

Maybe too much information, but it has been fun to watch this one…
Composite Image from 18-Oct-2010, 1333 UTC
Solar cycles come and go about every 11 years or so, and is due to reach the next solar maximum
sometime between 2012 and 2013. It is a process, a ramp up. I’m sure that there will be many more posts
in the future, assuming that the activity continues to increase over the next year or two. The fact that we
are seeing activity is not unusual. However it has been interesting to observe the magnificent filament that
developed over the surface during the past several days, along with its ominous shape.

Update 19-Oct-2010:

The filament that we’ve been watching has grown to 500,000 km, and incredibly, a small part of it erupted
into space while leaving the majority still intact. The eruption is NOT Earth directed, while the entire region
has rotated near the limb of the sun.
Update 19-Oct-2010, later in the day…

Sunspot region 1112 belted off 4 small solar flares today and is still very active while beginning to twist
over the southeast limb.
Update 20-Oct-2010

5 additional flares so far today, the largest being a C1.5. Today may be the last we see of region 1112,
unless it survives the 12 day journey around the far side of the sun.
This article from:
http://modernsurvivalblog.com/solar-cycle/enormous-ring-is-developing-on-the-sun/
                                               UPDATED
                                          October 20, 2010.
                                                               (Thanks to Lindy Tucker)
Many people have been concerned about the giant circular filament on the Sun that appeared on October
16, 2010. Here is what
spaceweather.com had to say about it:

FILAMENT ERUPTION: For days, astronomers have been monitoring a "mega-filament" of magnetism
splayed across the sun's southern hemisphere. Measuring more than 500,000 km from end to end, it
spans a distance greater than the separation of Earth and the Moon. Oct. 18th the massive structure
erupted. . . . Instabilities in the filament sparked a C2-class flare and hurled a portion of the filament's
own magnetic backbone into space. The blast was not Earth-directed. Remarkably, the structure
survived mostly intact and is still visible in backyard optics.

It’s important to keep in mind that C-class flares are the smallest solar storms. They are outranked by M-
class flares which are medium-size and X-class flares which are major and can knock out electronic
communication on Earth.
Colin Andrews comment: I have to say my stomach turned over when I saw the first photograph
showing the well formed dark ring, with a second concentric ring appearing outside of that. Personally,
Ive never seen anything like this on the sun before nor had a friend of mine, a scientist working in that
field. Fingers crossed that all bodes well behind the mechanisms behind its formation.
If a solar flare is powerful enough, the affects are felt on Earth and could
damage satellites in orbit and systems on the ground, the most vulnerable
of which is the electrical grid.
By Mitch Battros

Solar flares sometimes erupt from sun spots and are apparently causing damage on Earth. They are
temporary areas of intense magnetic disturbances on the surface of the sun. The spots appear to be dark
against the sun because they are actually slightly cooler than the surrounding surface due to the spots
very high levels of magnetic activity. Sun spot activity comes and goes in approximately 11 year cycles,
the last cycle peaking during 2001 while the next cycle should peak during 20102. The cycles begin in
activity very quickly when they start, and will last for a few years. We seem to be entering the early
stages of a new solar cycle now, during 2010.

Modern society relies entirely on intertwined and very complex systems to bring us our essential needs
as well as our non-essential wants. At any time, these systems could quickly break down and leave
millions of people to fend for themselves. In todays turbulent world, this is even truer, given the
technical capabilities and know-how of enemies wishing to do harm.

The modern world relies heavily on the technical systems that enable commerce. Electronic banking,
ATMs, debit and credit cards are all interwoven into electronic networks that link you and your money
with the seller. These systems are fairly well secured. However, there is one single point of failure for all
of these systems, and that is the power electric transmission system. The likeliest threat to the power
system is vulnerability to solar flares.

Occasionally a sunspot will produce a violent explosion of radiation including light waves, gamma rays,
X-rays, or energized particles called a CME or Coronal Mass Ejection. If a sunspot is facing Earth
during the time of a solar flare, a CME will reach Earth within one to four days depending on its speed,
while an X-ray flare will reach the earth at light speed, which is about 8 minutes from sun to earth.
These solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M, or X based on its energy (the X-class flare is capable of
causing planet-wide radio blackouts and severe radiation storms).

If a solar flare is powerful enough, the affects are felt on earth and could damage satellites in orbit and
systems on the ground, the most vulnerable of which is the electrical grid. During a solar storm, direct
electrical currents build up on transmission wires, and when the currents get strong enough they will trip
out circuits and destroy transformers, that transform voltage from a higher voltage usually to a lower
voltage. The most powerful solar storm of the last 200 years occurred in 1859, when electrical telegraph
wires shorted out in the US and Europe and caused widespread fires. If this were to happen today, it
would be catastrophic given our reliance on the interconnected electrical systems and systems of
communication.

Power would go out. The water pressure would gradually diminish and cease. Refrigerated foods would
go bad, phones and communication systems are down. Gasoline pumps down, heat and air conditioning
systems off. Banks and ATM machines are down. Food re-supply chains break down from lack of fuel.
The worst part is it could take many months to get the power back up depending on the number of
transformers that have melted from the solar radiation.

The challenge would be building new transformers and parts without immediate power! Manufacturing
plants would have to be outfitted with powerful generators in order to build what would be needed to
replace the destroyed transformers. It would be a slow process. People will begin dying off by the end
of the first week without water. Desperation will result in a rampage of crime with hoards searching for
food and water. A complete civil breakdown could take place with a mass migration out of the major
cities.

Prepare for power grid failure by stocking up with at least four weeks of food and water. Dont forget
about storing water, especially if you live in an environment where water is not accessible very near by.
Food and water storage is a basic first step that can save your life or help to save others. Good survival
techniques, including developing practical skills and securing supplies could save your life. s. The food
and water can always be used eventually, so the actual cost of being prepared can be comparatively low.
Thanks to Mitch Battros:
http://earthchangesmedia.com/

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Oct. 26, 2010:  

Every hundred years or so, a solar storm comes along so potent it fills the skies of Earth with blood-red
auroras, makes compass needles point in the wrong direction, and sends electric currents coursing
through the planet's topsoil. The most famous such storm, the Carrington Event of 1859, actually shocked
telegraph operators and set some of their offices on fire. A 2008 report by the National Academy of
Sciences warns that if such a storm occurred today, we could experience widespread power blackouts
with permanent damage to many key transformers.

What's a utility operator to do?


The sun rises behind high-voltage power lines in North America. A new NASA project called "Solar Shield"
could help keep the lights on.

"Solar Shield is a new and experimental forecasting system for the North American power grid," explains
project leader Antti Pulkkinen, a Catholic University of America research associate working at NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center. "We believe we can zero in on specific transformers and predict which of
them are going to be hit hardest by a space weather event."

The troublemaker for power grids is the "GIC" – short for geomagnetically induced current. When a
coronal mass ejection (a billion-ton solar storm cloud) hits Earth's magnetic field, the impact causes the
field to shake and quiver. These magnetic vibrations induce currents almost everywhere, from Earth's
upper atmosphere to the ground beneath our feet. Powerful GICs can overload circuits, trip breakers, and
in extreme cases melt the windings of heavy-duty transformers.

This actually happened in Quebec on March 13, 1989, when a geomagnetic storm much less severe than
the Carrington Event knocked out power across the entire province for more than nine hours. The storm
damaged transformers in Quebec, New Jersey, and Great Britain, and caused more than 200 power
anomalies across the USA from the eastern seaboard to the Pacific Northwest. A similar series of
"Halloween storms" in October 2003 triggered a regional blackout in southern Sweden and may have
damaged transformers in South Africa.

While many utilities have taken steps to fortify their grids, the overall situation has only gotten worse.

Full Article:
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/26oct_solarshield/

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The biggest fear is that the power grid fails
Thanks to Jan Delgado
More than a hundred researchers and government officials are
converging on Helwan, Egypt, to discuss a matter of global
importance: storms from the sun.
Posted November 9, 2010

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          Solar flare to jam Earth's communications
                                  Posted February 17, 2011

A powerful solar eruption that has already disturbed radio communications in China could disrupt
electrical power grids and satellites used on Earth in the next days, NASA said.

The massive sunspot, which astronomers say is the size of Jupiter, is the strongest solar flare in
four years, NASA said.

The Class X flash - the largest such category - erupted on Tuesday, according to the US space
agency.

"X-class flares are the most powerful of all solar events that can trigger radio blackouts and
long-lasting radiation storms," disturbing telecommunications and electric grids, NASA said.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a large coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with
the flash that is blasting toward Earth at about 900 kilometres per second, it said.

The charged plasma particles are expected to reach the planet's orbit on Thursday (US time).

Geomagnetic storms usually last 24 to 48 hours, "but ....

Full Report:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/17/3141943.htm
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Massive Explosion on The Sun Caused Aircraft to be Redirected
Posted January 25, 2012
A massive eruption on the surface of the sun has forced flights to be diverted over the north pole
because of fears of excessive radiation.

The solar storm, which has sent highly energetic particles to earth, is the strongest in almost nine years.
It has sent waves travelling at a speed of five million miles an hour, battering the earth's atmosphere and
causing dramatic displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in many parts of the northern
hemisphere.

Delta Airlines redirected six flights from flying over the North Pole. Primary concerns include the
possibility that solar flares could interrupt a plane's communication and expose passengers to excessive
radiation.  
Full article - Also Solar storms set Northern Lights aglow HERE
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The explosion also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space: SOHO movie. The
expanding cloud will probably deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on March 6th or 7th.
(Stay tuned for updates on this possibility as more data arrive.) High-latitude sky watchers should be
alert for auroras in the nights ahead. Auroras alerts: text, phone.
When the CME from today's X-flare arrives, a geomagnetic storm might already be in progress. An
earlier CME is en route and nearing our planet. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather
Lab, the cloud, which was produced by an M2-class eruption from sunspot AR1429 on March 4th,
could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on March 6th at 04:30 UT (+/- 7 hr). See the
CME's
The Classification of X-ray Solar Flares
or "Solar Flare Alphabet Soup"

A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields
(usually above sunspots) is suddenly released. Flares produce a burst of radiation across the
electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays. [more information]

Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness in the wavelength range 1 to 8
Angstroms. There are 3 categories: X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger
planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can
cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow
an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable
consequences here on Earth.
Source:
http://spaceweather.com/glossary/flareclasses.html?PHPSESSID=73kn2igks4hadu4evrc0jic532
                   MAJOR SOLAR FLARE ALERT:
                                                Posted March 5, 2012

A major solar flare reaching X1.1 peaked at 04:09 UTC early Monday morning.
The flare was centered around Sunspot 1429 and produced a bright CME
Entering a tricky period – watch out for Sunspot 1429

STRONG SOLAR ACTIVITY: Solar activity is now high. Big sunspot AR1429, which emerged on
March 2nd, is crackling with strong flares. The strongest so far, an X1-class eruption, occured just ths
morning, March 5th at 0413 UT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet
flash:
Left- Todays huge explosion - Right: X-Ray peaks increasing and suggestive of trouble 6-7-8 March.
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Standby for Sunspot #1429 is back and turning towards Earth
Posted March 30, 2012
While sunspot AR1429 was transiting the far side, it erupted multiple times. Between March 23rd and
March 27th, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recorded four coronal mass ejections, each
racing away from the sun faster than 3 million mph: movie. Collectively, these events suggest AR1429
might still be capable of potent solar activity. Stay tuned. Keep an eye on Observatory
HERE
Rtd Major Edward Dames, was the government trainer of the secret remote viewing project for the US
government has repeatedly warned of a pending huge CME which will reduce the planet into total chaos -
HERE. Dames says "THE FLARES WILL MARK THE  END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT –
THERE WILL BE SMALL NUMBERS OF SURVIVORS, MOSTLY IN EUROPE - ALMOST THE
ENTIRE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE WILL NOT SURVIVE" - See below.

Colin Andrews comment: Remote viewing (RV) is a valuable tool to see events in the future. They are
based upon all pertinent mechanisms and actions related to the moment in time they are viewed.
It is not
known which CME
or when it is likely to create the scene Dames and other remote viewers have been
seeing for some time.  There are events also seen that have not yet taken place and that are considered by
viewers to be precursors to what Dames calls 'The Kill Shot'. Fear should always be avoided. Make of
this video what you will. This is a subject which I have
some ability and a lot of interest and Dames has
gotten a good record but like ALL viewers, not 100%. It should always be remembered that RV is thought
to be around 65% reliable and as Col John B. Alexander (rtd) once told me, while this is considered one
source of intelligence, it would never be used as the sole source for critical decision making..

Former CIA Remote Viewer Ed Dames Interview HERE.
1429 AND POSSIBLE
TROUBLE, AS SEEN
YESTERDAY
ROTATING AROUND THE
SUN'S WESTERN EDGE
Respected retired Government
Remote Viewer says a CME is
going to be the
kill shot event
that many viewers have seen.
(below)
2012 - Solar Trouble?
A Huge Cluster of Sunspots 60,000 Miles Across Is
Now Staring Us in the Face.
Several Flares Already Hit us but NASA Say Much
Larger X-rated Is Quite Possible
In the Coming Days.
Posted May 9, 2012
Colin Andrews
Monster Sunspot Threatens to Unleash Powerful Solar Flares
Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 08 May 2012 Time: 01:44 PM ET
Full article
(Edited by CA: Dont overlook former US Government remote Viewer Ed Dames
warning below -
In Red.)
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Power cuts threat as sun storm hits Earth
Published by The Daily Mail, June 2, 2012

A huge mass of electrically-charged particles thrown out by a gigantic eruption on the Sun is due to strike
the Earth tonight.

Scientists expect it to trigger one of the most violent geomagnetic storms ever recorded.

The result could be widespread power surges and even blackouts, disrupted TV and mobile phone signals,
and broken down communication satellites.

At the same time the Northern Lights, normally confined to polar latitudes, may produce dazzling displays in
the skies above southern Britain.

At least one satellite has already been knocked out of action by the storm. Japan's space agency said its
Kodama communications satellite had been temporarily shut down after malfunctioning.

The solar flare that caused the eruption burst out of a sunspot at 10.54am yesterday.

Experts said it was the strongest flare seen in the past 30 years. The explosion caused a coronal mass
ejection (CME) which is now speeding towards Earth.
Full Report - See Observatory for latest

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