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"After a long quiet spell, the sun is making noise
again," reports Thomas
Ashcraft of New Mexico. Yesterday, using a 21 MHz
ham rig, he recorded the roaring sounds of a Type
III solar radio burst: listen.
broadband radio telescope at the University
of Florida Radio Observatory detected the same burst.
The plot, below, shows how energy was spread across the
Thomas of Lynchburg, Virginia, recorded yet another
outburst on May 15th using his RadioJove
amateur radio telescope: data.
source of all this activity is young sunspot 956. The
sunspot emerged near the sun's eastern limb less than
48 hours ago and has been growing
at breakneck speed every since. In addition to the radio
bursts, the sunspot also produced a beautiful coronal
mass ejection this morning: movie.
radio operators may wish to point their Yagis
toward the sun. Sunspot 956 is crackling with small solar
flares and may produce more radio bursting in the days
ahead. Stay tuned!
Pavol Rapavy of Rimavska Sobota,Slovakia; from
Pete Lawrence of Selsey, West Sussex, UK; from
Cai-Uso Wohler of Bispingen, Germany.
Theiss is a frequent contributor of sky photos to
spaceweather.com. A few days ago, he turned his camera
from the heavens to Earth during a sobering visit to Greensburg,
a small town almost completely destroyed by a monster
tornado on May 4th.
power of the wind from this EF-5
tornado was evident," says Theiss. "I documented
a fork stuck in a tree, a Kansas
license plate ripped off a car and stuck in a tree,
millions of splintered
pieces of wood and much more. There was amazing evidence
of winds over 200 mph everywhere." (continued
single vehicle I saw was peppered
with rocks, boards and other debris," he continues.
"The only safe place would have been underground,
but I think that might not have been very safe either
because I saw basements that were filled with tons
of debris from the house collapsing in on itself."
experience at ground zero was depressing yet uplifting.
Among all the destruction, the only reaction I witnessed
was positive excitement about how great the city will
be once it's rebuilt. The entire community pulled together
and began cleanup immediately. One idea being tossed around
is to 'go green'--i.e., to use wind, solar energy and
other resources at hand to power the reconstructed city.
This would make Greensburg the first 100% green city in
the USA. What an amazing idea!"
to the Green for Greensburg Fund]