Category: Solar Science & Heliophysics

Solar Effects on the Earth and Ourselves

Solar Effects on the Earth and Ourselves

On 4/15/2020 there was a subtle CME as seen here. This wasn’t expected to hit us as it wasn’t directed at Earth from the Sun. However, on 4/20/2020 it sure did! This was enough for me to start a post about understanding why I care to share this scientific data so openly on the website, astrology posts, and my social media.

Coronal Mass Ejection, seen on left of the sun

First, we will get some sources and terms out of the way and then we’ll explore what and how we are effected by our Sun.

Wiki Definition of a CME:

coronal mass ejection (CME) is a significant release of plasma and accompanying magnetic field from the solar corona. They often follow solar flares and are normally present during a solar prominence eruption. The plasma is released into the solar wind and can be observed in coronagraph imagery.

Wiki Definition of a Solar Flare:

solar flare is a sudden flash of increased brightness on the Sun, usually observed near its surface and in close proximity to a sunspot group. Powerful flares are often, but not always, accompanied by a coronal mass ejection

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