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My fault for asking, I suppose


Not at all; if you don't ask, you wont learn nuthin... :wink:



It just depends who you ask I suppose...


The timing of the CME so soon after the comet dove into the sun suggests a link. But what? There is no known mechanism for comets to trigger solar explosions. Before 2011 most solar physicists would have discounted the events of Oct. 1st as pure coincidence--and pure coincidence is still the most likely explanation.




CMEs tend to pop up a lot for the sun grazers


Snowballs with perfect theatrical timing?






Electric Sun, electric comets?


A predictable and expected feature in an electric universe. 8)

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Just to make this clear; since I've mentioned it before...The Space Weather quote on the CME being a coincidence; is from the 4th October.

This..."As a comet and the Sun try to balance out each others charge, CMEs tend to pop up a lot for the sun grazers" was from the29th September; the day before the spectacular coincidence :lol: of that comet and the ensuing CME.


"The classic test of a theory, is its ability to predict."
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Just a thought, for those who are interested in seeing the northern lights. How about, setting up a a group, somehow, where one person sends a text message to 2 people, and those people each send it to 2 people etc. That way every gets a message about it and no one has the cost of more than 2 messages.



         A                              H                           O
    B         C                    I         J                P          Q
 D    E    F    G               K   L     M    N           R    S      T    U



A H and O would get the ball rolling texting their groups, ideally they would be north, south and middle of the islands. One of the lower tier in each group, who would have no one to text, should text the leader of a different group in case they missed it and failed to tell their group. So D could tell H, K could tell O and R could tell A.



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"ORIONIDS: The Orionids peak occurs on 21/22 October 2011 just after the last quarter Moon (32%), with the Moon rising a little after midnight, just as the meteor shower radiant is gaining height. This year the peak is estimated at 21:00 Universal Time on October 21st. Due to the position of the Moon when the radiant is gaining height at it's peak the conditions of the Orionids aren't that optimal. Be smart and go to a high position one or two hours before the Moon rises and enjoy the ZHR rate of about 30 of this meteor shower. Enough to spend a good old night of excitement and counting.


TIMING: Go outside, find a dark spot and look north-east near the constelation of Orion for the Orionids radiant. The best time to view the Orionids is from around midnight to dawn. They are fast and sometimes bright with some trains. You should be able to see 30 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The Orionids meteor shower is active from the 15th October to 29th October with fewer activity either side of the peak time."




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