The Sun, the center of our Solar System, is a volatile ball of fire and gas, constantly moving, changing, and erupting in violent chemical reactions that could destroy the Earth many times over if we weren’t such a safe distance away. But this week, the Sun is proving to be even more active than usual, offering the chance to explore those reactions in a new and brilliant way.
Thanks to our friends at the Prescott Observatory in Arizona, we have been able to witness as a large, active region of the Sun slowly rotates into view on the Eastern edge of our home star. That region will be fully in our view on Friday, August 19th, allowing us, and our viewers to gaze at the area with a full understanding and appreciation for its size and its potential effects here on Earth.
Solar activity comes in many forms, from minor outbursts, to solar winds, to massive, X-class solar flares, and the side-effects to life here on Earth vary just as widely. Some solar activity can result in beautiful Auroras stretching to the Northern United States, or, in rare cases, as far as Cuba. X-class flares have been known to cause radio interruptions, to disrupt cell phone networks, or even cause blackouts.
While we aren’t in any danger this time around, the recent cycle of solar activity has been, to put it plainly, strange. Over the course of this solar cycle, the Sun has begun to quiet, an expected occurrence at this point in time. What’s unexpected, and therefore worthy of note, are these sudden flare ups of activity.
During our live broadcast, we’ll explore this recent activity, talk about what causes these outbursts, and discuss the many ways they can effect our lives here on Earth. We’ll also discuss how you can prepare for the worst, if a big flare ever strikes without warning.