Late Sunday, the sun aimed a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet, along with a "solar energetic particle" event – the largest since September 2005 – which is expected to cause a solar storm of highly energetic protons to hit us on Tuesday at 9am Eastern Time, plus or minus seven hours. The solar storm, according to …
The guy doesn't have a science background, folks....
The person to whom I was responding obviously doesn't have a science background, so I was explaining the technical term (delta-v, over-all change in velocity) in a simpler way that somebody with a non-science background would get (more speed).
Yes, "speed" and "delta-V" aren't the same. Neither is speed and velocity (one is a scalar value, one is a vector value). Neither are mass and weight. But when you are trying to explain something to somebody, you cannot use technical terms they don't understand and expect to actually be making progress.
Haven't they banned those sites?
That's Coronal Mass Ejections.
This is where a young lad distracts the driver of the Corona truck while a gang of scallies nicks all the bottles off the back.
Blimey, back in the Neolithic, weren't they?
mmmm, raspberryade and 2p for returned bottles.
Careful there, you're really dating yourself. (Do you remember the bottles with the spring top and rubber washer?)
It were 1/2d when I were a lad.
> Do you remember the bottles with the spring top and rubber washer?
Do you remember the bottles with a glass marble inside, held closed only by pressure?
I still have a couple of those...
Premature Coronal Mass Ejection?
It's not you, it's me. Never happened to me before.
That goddamn evil sun
"the sun aimed a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet"
That Goddamn sun, always trying to fry our satellites or give us skin cancer.
For the love of Jebus Reg, how alarmist can you get. The sun aimed...
Next article - When Planets attack. Dan Dan DAAAAAAAAA
Re: That goddamn evil sun
WHEN PLANETS ATTACK - I like that a lot. That's saved into the headlines-for-future box.
What's The Time?
What's "9am Eastern Time" in real money? Since El Reg is an international publication, perhaps it's time to standardise on proper time, ie GMT/UTC.
Is pretty much in the middle of the day if you're in the UK, or after the sun's up on the east coast of the US, so neither of us will be seeing a lot of aurora, unless it hangs around until this evening...
It will be middle of the night here in Australia
and given that it's summer in the southern hemisphere, shouldn't the south polar region get a better show?
Last question is, can I be bothered to stay up to 1am to see if I can see the Aurora Australis?
Is going on QOTW and you know it! Such an explosion over the use of EST, you filthy Americanised scumbags, you!
Time zone bigots
For some of us, converting different time zones is no big deal - SOME of us live in a multi-national, multi-cultural world and realize that not everybody lives on the same slice of this round ball we all inhabit and will just do the damn conversions.
Then there are the provincial folks who insist that everybody MUST do just like they do, because obviously THEIR way is the only true way - use the wrong time zone, or omit or change a letter to an accepted alternate spelling, and they take great offense.
OK, so may I suggest to deal with those folks, let the Register use that horrible Swatch "beats time" - then EVERYBODY will be equally confused.
Now, excuse me: it is my honor to color the zee axis of a chart, my UK counterparts are expecting it at 2PM CST, and I'm going to have to rent a car to get it to the office in time or they'll put me in the hospital.
> SOME of us live in a multi-national, multi-cultural world
You're from MooseJaw Creek?
"...omit or change a letter to an accepted alternate spelling, and they take great offense..."
I think you mean "offence"
[and trust you pronounce it with the emphasis on the second syllable!]