What's New Under The Sun?
An ominous new look at solar storms.
What is this pictured above coming from the sun? Well, if youre waiting for NASA
to give you an answer, dont hold your breath because NASA took the image from its
websites and will not allow you see it. I first became aware of this unusual
storm after visiting the Enterprisemission website. The image above I received
after going to the European Space Agency website and conducting a search for any SOHO
images from September 22, 1999. I found a few, in fact, only the same images available
from the NASA site. The ESA website was also missing the image I was interested in. I then
emailed the indicated webmaster about the image. His first email back indicated there was
an image acquired by the SOHO spacecraft on that date, at that time, and with the
indicated instrument; but that they had lost it. The final email is below:
To: Jeff Behnke; email@example.com
CC: Zarro, Dominic M.
Subject: missing image, now it's found
The image that was lost has now been retrieved. I've put a
full-resolution and a half-resolution version on my web page
What is it? I have no idea. Although the word `slinky' comes to mind.
Douglas Biesecker - SM&A Corp., NASA/GSFC, Code 682.3, Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone: +1 301 286 3116; Fax: +1 301 286 0264
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://sungrazer.nascom.nasa.gov
As indicated, he checked the tape backup system and the above image is what I
downloaded from the web address indicated in his email. It clearly shows the "Slinky
What would happen if this storm was aimed at the Earth? Is this what happened to
Mars atmosphere? What could form such a storm? Is it natural or was it created by
some type of huge mechanism we cant even begin to imagine the size of? Why
isnt NASA telling the rest of the world? Is this why our weather has been so wierd
Reality must be truthful to be useful.
Below is the full color version retreived from Enterprisemission:
Below is text taken directly from NASA.GOV from a news release dated December 13,1999:
Don Savage Headquarters, Washington, DC December 13, 1999 (Phone: 202/358-1547)
EMBARGOED UNTIL 2 P.M. EST William Steigerwald Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
(Phone: 301/286-5017) RELEASE: 99-145 ON THE DAY THE SOLAR WIND DISAPPEARED, SCIENTISTS
SAMPLE PARTICLES DIRECTLY FROM THE SUN From May 10-12, 1999, the solar wind that blows
constantly from the Sun virtually disappeared -- the most drastic and longest-lasting
decrease ever observed. Dropping to a fraction of its normal density and to half its
normal speed, the solar wind died down enough to allow physicists to observe particles
flowing directly from the Sun's corona to Earth. This severe change in the solar wind also
changed the shape of Earth's magnetic field and produced an unusual auroral display at the
North Pole. Starting late on May 10 and continuing through the early hours of May 12,
NASA's ACE and Wind spacecraft each observed that the density of the solar wind dropped by
more than 98%. Because of the decrease, energetic electrons from the Sun were able to flow
to Earth in narrow beams, known as the strahl. Under normal conditions, electrons from the
Sun are diluted, mixed, and redirected in interplanetary space and by Earth's magnetic
field (the magnetosphere). But in May 1999, several satellites detected electrons arriving
at Earth with properties similar to those of electrons in the Sun's corona, suggesting
that they were a direct sample of particles from the Sun. "This event provides a
window to see the Sun's corona directly," said Dr. Keith Ogilvie, project scientist
for NASA's Wind spacecraft and a space physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, MD. "The beams from the corona do not get broken up or scattered as they
do under normal circumstances, and the temperature of the electrons is very similar to
their original state on the Sun." "Normally, our view of the corona from Earth
is like seeing the Sun on an overcast, cloudy day," said Dr. Jack Scudder, space
physicist from the University of Iowa and principal investigator for the Hot Plasma
Analyzer on NASA's Polar spacecraft. "On May 11, the clouds broke and we could see
clearly." Fourteen years ago, Scudder and Dr. Don Fairfield of Goddard predicted the
details of an event such as occurred on May 11, saying that it would produce an intense
"polar rain" of electrons over one of the polar caps of Earth. The polar caps
typically do not receive enough energetic electrons to produce visible aurora. But in an
intense polar rain event, Scudder and Fairfield theorized, the "strahl"
electrons would flow unimpeded along the Sun's magnetic field lines to Earth and
precipitate directly into the polar caps, inside the normal auroral oval. Such a polar
rain event was observed for the first time in May when Polar detected a steady glow over
the North Pole in X-ray images. In parallel with the polar rain event, Earth's
magnetosphere swelled to five to six times its normal size. NASA's Wind, IMP-8, and Lunar
Prospector spacecraft, the Russian INTERBALL satellite and the Japanese Geotail satellite
observed the most distant bow shock ever recorded by satellites. Earth's bow shock is the
shock front where the solar wind slams into the sunward edge of the magnetosphere.
According to observations from the ACE spacecraft, the density of helium in the solar wind
dropped to less than 0.1% of its normal value, and heavier ions, held back by the Sun's
gravity, apparently could not escape from the Sun at all. Data from NASA's SAMPEX
spacecraft reveal that in the wake of this event, Earth's outer electron radiation belts
dissipated and were severely depleted for several months afterward. "The May event
provides unique conditions to test ideas about solar-terrestrial interactions,"
Ogilvie noted. "It also strengthens our belief that we're beginning to understand how
the Sun-Earth connection works." - end - EDITOR'S NOTE: Images, movies, captions, and
more detailed background information associated with this release are available on the
Internet at: http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/istp/news/9912 A NASA Video File relating to
this story will air on December 13 at Noon EDT. NASA Television is available on GE-2,
transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on
3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Video File Advisories can be found at ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt
The above news release was available from :
It is still available (as of 5/27/2001) at the above link (unlike the originals from the
sunchaser.gov site between the pictures).
PS It is STILL available at the above link for 99-145.txt
There were no images available showing this
'strahl' from the May 10-12, 1999 incident, like the 'strahls' below that
were caught from
ONCE AGAIN NASA IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE WHERE IS THE DATA ??????
We also were just treated to a Hubble image finally released that was taken in the
summer of 1997!! The Hubble has taken over 250,000 images but less than 1% of these
images are available for the public to view! WHY?????
There is so much strange and weird stuff going on in our solar system and NASA is
keeping it from us.
Just like the government does NOT want you to know which foods
you have been eating are genetically altered, they do not want you to know they have sold
radioactive nickel to make spoons and other eating utensils (1/4/2000 newscasts). We
get so upset and protest over some of the most strange stuff, but we seem to have lost the
ability to protest to our government over the important stuff, like lying to us.
Government works best when the PEOPLE are involved. WAKE UP AMERICA! WAKE UP WORLD!!!
2 more weird sun beams pried from NASA's grip:
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