Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Solar Explosions

September 2009 my article predicting solar storms during 2010 appeared in Llewellyn's Sun Sign annual. My research on the appearance of difficult solar activity indicated that a gathering of difficult planetary aspects often set off solar storms that would create beautiful auroras and problems for the electrical grid. A copy of the article Sun Spot Explosions is available on our website.
Everyday of 2010 I included in my morning check of weather, news and sports. Nothing unusual appeared on their site. A few sunspots appeared and disappeared. Filaments appeared and disappeared.
NO Solar Explosions

July and August 2010 presented astrologers with 13 interesting planetary phenomena. All of us looked at it from our particular point of view and made predictions. Mundane astrologers looked at the problems with the Euro, political protests in various countries, stock market activity and nothing seemed very unusual. I was convinced that this string of phenomena would be some sort of solar storm and expected to see a huge number of Sun spots appear along the equator of the Sun. I expected them to erupt and cause all sorts of havoc around our solar system. However, as Spaceweather reports they did not realize the magnitude of the eruptions until they analyzed all of the data from their various solar instruments. Finally on Dec 13, 2010 the article link above appeared in the official science media.
"On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big."

Again December 7-13. 2010 I expected that the Heliocentric planetary phenomena would cause major disruptions on the solar surface. reported Coronal Mass Ejections however these particle sprays went up instead of across the planetary plane.
Space science expects the sun spot activity to increase during 2011 and 2012 peaking in 2013. A smaller grouping of planetary phenomena occurs in June and July of 2012. Therefore I'm expecting 2011 to be rather quiet on the surface of the Sun. However, experience has taught me to keep my eye on Spaceweather. Sometimes our Sun acts like Uranus.


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