Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off Cosmic Plasma Explosion

Written by Brid-Aine Parnell, the Register

The Sun had a flurry of flare activity at the end of August, releasing over half a dozen solar flares in a day, some of which were accompanied by coronal mass ejections. cme

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted the activity in images captured at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, which can only be done from the vacuum of space.

The EUV channels span a range of extremely hot temperatures – up to ten million degrees Celsius – making it a good way to have a peek at such a dynamic active region of our nearest star.

The two larger flares from the Sun were M-class, which stands for moderate, while all the others were just small flares. However, the activity also set off some coronal mass ejections – massive bursts of solar wind and plasma that erupt into space.

CMEs are usually caused by large flares and can release up to a hundred billion kilos of super-heated electrons, protons and heavy nuclei at speeds of up to two million miles per hour. They are the biggest explosions in our solar system, according to NASA, roughly approaching the power of a billion hydrogen bombs.

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    Solar activity certainly can affect Earth’s climate which is strongly correlated with the inverted plot of the scalar sum of the momentum of nine planets and the Sun.

    The general thrust of what I explain with valid physics in my book “Why It’s Not Carbon Dioxide After All” is that planetary surface temperatures are not primarily determined by the solar radiation that they receive (let alone the back radiation) but by the gravito-thermal effect first postulated by the brilliant 19th century physicist Josef Loschmidt who was the first to estimate the size of air molecules. He also understood how gravity affects those molecules in free flight between collisions. Now in the 21st century we have a better understanding of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and how it tells us that unbalanced energy potentials will tend to level out as entropy increases towards the maximum that can be attained within the constraints of an isolated system. What this leads to is an understanding that the temperature gradient seen in every planetary troposphere is in fact the state of thermodynamic equilibrium which the Second Law says will evolve autonomously. This means that when new solar energy is absorbed each morning in the upper troposphere the equilibrium state is disturbed and, to restore it, some thermal energy will in fact move up the temperature gradient towards the surface. This for example is the only possible way in which we can explain how the necessary energy gets into the surface of Venus in order to raise its temperature from 732K to 737K during the 4-month-long sunlit period. Now, intermolecular radiation (such as between water vapour molecules) reduces the magnitude of the gravitationally induced temperature gradient, and this leads to lower supported temperatures at the surface. I back this up with a study of real world temperature data which does indeed show water vapour causing cooler surface temperature in more moist regions. Thus the greenhouse is smashed in a single blow because regions with, say, 4% water vapour are not 30 degrees hotter than regions with 1% water vapour, as of course we all know, but James Hansen and his followers would like you to think is the case due to back radiation supposedly trebling the warming effect of the Sun.

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