I was here to click on the button, but Mother Nature did it!
IMPORTANT UPDATE JULY 4 2009
CLASS B FLARES Started July 4 with a B7 Class Flare @ 04:35 UT
CLASS C FLARES started July 5 with a C1 Class Flare @ 07:10 UT
CLASS C FLARES started July 6 with a B8 Class Flare @ 17:05 UT
July 7 finally ..... CLASS A3.3@16:18 UT it is gone for the moment... but watch the Magnetosphere now :) CLASS A8.3@17:00 UT - end of the story CLASS B1@23:44 UT
SUNSPOT ALERT: The most active sunspot of the year so far is emerging in the sun's southern hemisphere: movie. Sunspot 1024 has at least a dozen individual dark cores and it is crackling with B-class solar flares. This morning, amateur astronomer David Tyler caught one of the flares in action from his backyard solar observatory in England: The magnetic polarity of sunspot 1024 identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Its rapid emergence on July 3rd and 4th continues the recent (few-month) trend of intensifying new-cycle activity. This sunspot is the best offering yet from the young solar cycle. Monitoring is encouraged. spaceweather.com/
more images: from Pete Lawrence of Selsey, West Sussex, UK; from Mark Townley of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, UK; from Cesare Guaita of Tradate, Italy; from Jan Timmermans of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands; from Emiel Veldhuis of Zwolle, the Netherlands; from SOHO in orbit; from Peter Desypris on the Island of Syros, Greece; from Bruno Nolf of Otegem, Belgium;
My prediction (based on CC infos) on June 25th: This image will
celebrate the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of our Sun on July 7 2009...
Fasten your seat belt, you have been warned. nota bene pilottage prediction :)
Those speculations are structured and elaborated here in the comments of the May and June CC have a look here: www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/june2009.html
No fear, and Love to all my flickr friends!
This image has become my best shot since the last 3 days!!!
Follow the sun activity from your home solar-center.stanford.edu/SID/docs/SID_Manual.pdf
Sun Magnetic fields and pressure in realtime www2.nict.go.jp/y/y223/simulation/realtime/index.html
A very clever comment on the cropcircle phenomena by a brilliant
Albert Einstein once remarked that for the human there is no more powerful feeling than that of the 'mysterious.' In fact, he was convinced this feeling for the mysterious was the cradle for all works of science, art, and religion. In light of Einstein's conviction, one might ask: "What is the opposite of a feeling for the mysterious?" The opposite would be the sense that one understands it all. The opposite would be the feeling that one is in possession of a system that explains all the phenomena in the universe. For such a person, the universe loses its appeal for it becomes something we don't really need to pay attention to. The universe becomes an exemplification of a theory that one has already understood. No real surprises are possible, only the working out of a logical system through time. When a feeling for the mysterious is lost, one become s vulnerable to the various fundamentalisms plaguing our planet, each one with its passionate certainty that it has all the answers while every other system is just superstition.
In moments of stress and breakdown, there is a powerful drive in us to acquire answers and explanations. Certainly in our own time when we are dismantling ecosystems around the planet and deconstructing the stable climate upon which our civilization is based, we feel a deep need to know what is real and what is good and how to proceed. This need can become so great we are liable to latch onto one of these simplistic pseudo-explanations just to quell the feelings of fear and doom surfacing in us. "What on Earth?" does not provide any such simplistic explanations. This restraint is one of its greatest achievements. By insisting that the Crop Circles are beyond any easy explanation, "What on Earth?" enables us to make peace with living in the ambiguity of not knowing. This ability to live with ambiguity is related to a sense for the mysterious and together these two may be the most important factors for deep creativity to take place. At the very least, we need to realize that an embrace of ambiguity is a form of humility when confronted by the magnificent complexity of nature.
One of the great benefits of viewing "What on Earth?" is the
feeling one can get of wading into the mysterious. Through its
balanced and wide-open approach to the phenomena of Crop Circles, the
film has the power to ease us out of some of the prior certainties we
might have had. "What on Earth?" explores and celebrates the
fact of the existence of these designs. And as we are guided into this
reflection, we find ourselves considering new ideas about the nature
of our universe. We begin to imagine that things might be different
than we thought. We might even begin to release ourselves from some of
the tired explanations lodged into our minds by the media. But most
important of all, as we view the film we might even begin to feel
stunned by the simple fact that here we are in the midst of this
overwhelming mystery, the universe."
-- Brian Swimme, mathematical cosmologist specializing in the evolution of the universe
Thanks to Johanne of Shield of excellence: Summer 2009: Theme
1st Place photo by pilottage