3MIN News August 7, 2013 – Suspicious Observers

As Suspicious Observers shows from the Stereo Behind graphic on this morning’s report, the back side of the Sun has, “A diabolical looking set of coronal holes.”

These will come into view and effect weather over the next two weeks.  Despite what the Discover magazine journalist may have stated about the last large coronal hole in the Sun’s northern hemisphere, (late July/early August) a ‘chunk’ of the Sun did not in fact, fly off.  I laughed out-loud when I read that.

More/bigger coronal holes mean that the Sun has lost magnetism.   This causes Earth’s magnetic shield to weaken.  And, this leads to more clouds on Earth, as plasma streams from the Sun are allowed to penetrate Earth’s grid.  Expect more auroras and weather anomalies ahead.

Source: NASA.gov

Here’s a link to the Stereo Behind images, provided by NASA.  These can be monitored daily, along with Stereo Ahead and Heliographic images.

NASA describes these SECCHI Beacon images on their site:

The STEREO space weather beacon telemetry mode is a very low rate, highly compressed data stream broadcast by the spacecraft 24 hours per day. These data are used for space weather forecasting. Because of the large compression factors used, these beacon images are of much lower quality than the actual science data.

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