NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite has spotted a giant eruption off the surface of the Sun that will hit rover Curiosity on its way to Mars. The coronal mass ejection sent out an M1 class, or medium, solar flare from the north-east of the Sun that will hit NASA's Solar-Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO B) …
Unfurl the solar sails and pick up a tail wind!
If only it could ;-)
Is there a baby dragon on the surface of the sun 26 seconds into the video?
Aww, & I thought this acid was finally kicking in...
A/C coz the tickbox just smiled at me.
That's not a dragon, that's a seahorse, man!
How do we determine....
which is the "north-east of the sun"?
Re: How do we determine....
...Ask it to pronounce 'Newcastle'
Re: How do we determine....
Flares are still in fashion in Noo'cassal, man!
Pfnarr......that is all!
Reminded me of the old-school Salamander Arcade game.
Might have to fire up MAME later.
No chance any solar flare could destroy all life on the planet.
That's very reassuring, but "all" is a major qualification in the above statement. Noticeably, it does not preclude *some* or even *most* of life on the planet being destroyed without NASA running any risk of being sued by the surviving bacteria...
There is a radiation experiment on that mission to measure what humans would be exposed to on a Mars mission. This will give it some good data.
What nobody realises is...
Curiosity was sent by X-COM (look it up) as our first wave of assault on the evil Sectoids, Ethereals & Mutons at Cydonia Base.
Obviously they've tried to intercept it half-way and it's been forced to whip out its laser cannon (seriously, it's got a big-ass laser) and blast away.
There IS no solar flare, that's just the cover-up by the X-COM Funding Council so nobody notices the increased radiation out there (from blowing up a Muton battleship or two).
Next thing out is... The Avenger(s)!
Sign me up for the squad!
The final frontier
I hope the guy in charge at mission control sat down in a large padded chair and got a chance to say "shields up".
<== Mission control is watching.
For some reason...
The ejection makes me think of really bad C-movie special effects... I've got this theory that when an event occurs which is mind-bogglingly massive enough in scale, my brain simply pretends it's a really low-budget special effect in order to stop my head from exploding.
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