NASA: "New Solar Discoveries
Will Rewrite the Books on
by Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), has allowed scientists for the first time to comprehensively view the dynamic nature of storms on the Sun. "We're already at five million images and counting," said Dean Pesnell, the SDO project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "With data and images pouring in from SDO, solar scientists are poised to make discoveries that will rewrite the books on how changes in solar activity have a direct effect on Earth. The observatory is working great, and it's just going to get better."
The data from SDO is providing a torrent of new information and spectacular images to be studied and interpreted. Using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) high-resolution and nearly continuous full-disk images of the Sun, scientists have a better understanding of how even small events on our nearest star can significantly impact technological infrastructure on Earth.
Sunspots => Solar Flares [charged particles] => Magnetic Field Shift => Shifting Ocean and Jet Stream Currents => Extreme Weather and Human Disruption (mitch battros)
Solar storms have been recognized as a cause of technological problems on Earth since the invention of the telegraph in the 19th century. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, one of three instruments aboard SDO, allowed scientists to discover that even minor solar events are never truly small scale.
"Even small events restructure large regions of the solar surface," said Alan Title, AIA principal investigator at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif. "It's been possible to recognize the size of these regions because of the combination of spatial, temporal and area coverage provided by AIA."