ECTV WARNING: LARGEST SOLAR FLARE EVER RECORDED
- ECTV WARNING: LARGEST SOLAR FLARE EVER RECORDED HAS JUST OCCURRED...11/04/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
This is an official press release....
At 12:40 PM (MDT) the largest solar flare ever recorded has occurred. It
came from sunspot region 486. Luckily, region 486 is at the furthest portion
of the Sun's western limb, therefore minimizing the effects to Earth.
"This solar flare was the largest I have ever seen" said Dr. Ernest Hildner,
director of the NOAA/NASA Space Weather Center. "The solar flare that
occurred today was so large, we do not have a chart high enough to register
it. My best guess would be between a X-25 and an X-30."
Dr. Hildner went on to state when the solar flare hit the measuring
instruments "we maxed out the instruments". The needles were pegged for at
least 11 minutes. Due to the solar flares position on the Sun, it is
expected to take three times longer to hit the Earth's magnetic field. Dr.
Hildner reports it will take two to seven hours depending on the speed of
the charged particles.
Airlines have been alerted to this event, and most likely several flights
will be diverted. An alert has gone out to all power grid stations and
Listen to tonight show for more details. Click on the following link during
the time of the show. Time 7 to 8 PM Pacific Time
Watch for a follow up alert within the hour.
Producer - Earth Changes TV
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