Halloween sun storm of 1859

The solar storm that hit Earth last Thursday delivered only a glancing blow, but in 1859 the planet wasnt so lucky. The Carrington Event On the morning of September 1, 1859, amateur astronomer Richard Carrington ascended into the private observatory attached to his country estate outside of London. In 1989, a solar storm in Quebec, Canada caused a power outage for as long as 90 hours in some places.

Compared to the Carrington Event in 1859, this storm was only onethird as large yet affected power supplies. When the Halloween storms of 2003 hit, people saw a similar effect. The storm caused satellite interference and power outages. As solar storms go, the two March 6 solar flares associated with Thursday's geomagnetic storm around Earth may not compare to the flares behind the 1859 storm. But, since the sun hasn't yet reached peak activity for this solar cycle, this week's outburst may be only a taste of flares to come.

In 1859 the largest and most powerful solar storm ever recorded, also known as the Carrington Event or the Carrington Flare in honour of the English Astronomer Richard Carrington who observed it, was detected at the Colaba Observatory in India.

Ten years ago, the sun provided an unexpected extra dimension to the tricks and treats of Halloween. The trick was a solarterrestrial nightmare coming to life.

The treat was a spectacular aurora with green phantom northern lights seen as The Carrington Event of 1859 was the first documented event of a solar flare impacting Earth. The event occurred at 11: 18 a. m. EDT on Sept. 1 and is named after Richard Carrington, the solar astronomer who witnessed the event through his private observatory telescope and sketched the sun's sunspots at the time.

The solar storm of 1859 (also known as the Carrington Event) was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm during solar cycle 10 ( ). A solar coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record, September 12, 1859. The Solar Storm of 1859 known as the Carrington Event was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm during solar cycle 10 ( ).

A solar coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. How can the answer be improved? This solar event was extraordinarily similar to the Carrington Flare of 1859.

The Halloween Solar Storm affected power plants both in Sweden and South Africa where several transformers were burnt. Jan 07, 2009 A series of solar active regions unleashed an extraordinary display of solar activity in October and November of 2003. You can view the affects in the nearSpace Weather Prediction in plots of the During this usually" quiet" time, when few sunspots are visible, an outbreak of 17 major flares erupted on the sun.

Called the" Halloween Storms of 2003, " these energetic storms began, surprisingly, a full two to three years after Modern power grids, telecommunications, and other sun sensitive technologies should weather the storm with little difficulty. On the other hand, sky watchers could see some fantastic auroras



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