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Old 03-07-2012, 18:38   #26
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Old 03-07-2012, 18:46   #27
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Old 03-07-2012, 19:06   #28
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Old 03-07-2012, 19:24   #29
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Old 03-07-2012, 19:52   #30
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What do solar flares do (if anything) to solar panels?
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Old 03-07-2012, 20:29   #31
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What do solar flares do (if anything) to solar panels?
Depends on the level of charged particles that get past the earth's magnetic field.

IMO, this will be yet another non-event.
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Old 03-07-2012, 20:40   #32
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I was just wondering if it was possible for a flare to fry an array of solar panels, or if they are particularly sensitive to solar flares / full-spectrum radiation?

I ask because I don't know the mechanism through which a solar flare can knock out a power grid.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:15   #33
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yep never even flickered the lights why they talked about it i have no clue,another hoax
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:54   #34
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The solar storm is what it is. We have no control over what is coming. Just makes you think how small and at the mercy of whatever comes from space.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:08   #35
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Page 2 was slow to load.. thought it got me..

Guess not.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:45   #36
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I do plan on being up late tonight to try and catch a glimpse of the northern lights. They say they will be visible over a wide area tonight.

They are on my "things to see before I die" list
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:42   #37
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I'll find out what the effect/if any at 1600hrs.We use HF radios I'll see 1st hand what happens.'08.
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Old 03-08-2012, 13:04   #38
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According to the radio this morning the sun spot generating the storm is visible to the naked eye. Someone should put on some sun glasses and go check it out. it's cloudy here today.
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According to the radio this morning the sun spot generating the storm is visible to the naked eye. Someone should put on some sun glasses and go check it out. it's cloudy here today.
Hm -- I have a sun filter for my telescope (glass coated with stainless steel!), and sunspots are almost always visible on any particular day. Did they say this sunspot was unusual in some way?
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Did my best at a photo. Not set up for eyepiece projection photography, this is holding the camera up to the eyepiece and hoping for the best...

...This is unusual sunspot activity from what I've seen. A massive cluster of spots. Eyeballing it, it looks to be about 12 earth diameters across. Through the tele, what you see is much sharper and more contrasty. Again sorry for the quality.

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Old 03-08-2012, 14:35   #41
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Are we dead yet? Has it taken down the grid yet? Has the internet been overloaded(excluding the drag caused by introding the new iPad and iOs 5.1) and collapsed?

Just checking. I thought maybe I had died and gone to heaven and just didn't realize it. Of cousrse may I will just be imaginning your response too. There is not way to figure out reality. EEEK!
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Old 03-08-2012, 15:02   #42
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I was hoping I could fry an egg this morning without using the stove. Damn!

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Old 03-08-2012, 15:33   #43
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The government is playing the role as Doomsday Preppers as everyone is non stop talking about it,talking about weather issues,i bet the guberment will give a huge hoax one of these days to insure we as a nutty civilization cocurs with the issue the world is ending so they can rid the states of some population,therefore creating jobs and a better economy,Hell that will be the best thing that has happen so far from this committee,bwahahahahahahaha
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Old 03-08-2012, 16:22   #44
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I am glad nothing harmful happened.....
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Old 03-08-2012, 16:47   #45
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Damn it all...my cell phone kept ringing, my email kept coming, and our company phones worked all day. So much for a relaxing break.
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Old 03-08-2012, 17:16   #46
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Hm -- I have a sun filter for my telescope (glass coated with stainless steel!), and sunspots are almost always visible on any particular day. Did they say this sunspot was unusual in some way?
I don't know. I don't have a light filter for my telescope so I have no experience gazing sun spots.

My guess is that the only thing unusual is that they're saying it's big enough to be seen without needing a scope.
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