Jan Mikael (15
"Solar activity on Dec. 12, - the Triple Eruption, was on the 3th. Sunday in Advent !"
On Dec.12. - or - 12.12.2o1o !
the 3th. Sun-Day in Advent (comming/birth of our Lord Jesus,
like a count down for a New Beginning ???)
that 12.12.2o1o there was a Triple Eruption on the Sun.
- it's like when we count for something: 1. 2. 3 !
- scroll down and read for yourself !
METEOR UPDATE: Spotters for the International Meteor Organization are
now counting more than 30 meteors per hour as the Geminid meteor shower
intensifies. On peak night, Dec. 13th-14th, forecasters expect rates to
soar as high as 120 per hour for observers with dark rural skies: sky
map. Got clouds? You can listen to Geminid radar echoes on Space
SPIRAL ASTEROID: On Dec. 12th, the International
Astronomical Union issued a telegram (CBET nr.2583) announcing the
discovery of a spiral structure around main belt asteroid (596)
Scheila. Steve Larson of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) found the
curious shape in images obtained Dec. 11th through the Catalina 0.68-m
Schmidt telescope. Other observers have since confirmed the phenomenon.
The following picture was taken on Dec. 12th by Italian astronomers
Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero using a remotely-controlled 0.25m
telescope in New Mexico:
What's going on? There are at least two
possibilities. (1) A small asteroid might have hit 596 Scheila, raising
a cloud of dust which forms a nebula around larger space rock. A
1-meter class impactor could be large enough to do the trick. (2) 596
Scheila might be a rare main belt comet, a body with the orbital
characteristics of an asteroid and the physical characteristics of a
comet. If so, a pocket of volatile ice might be vaporizing to produce
the spiraling tail.
How the nebula or tail evolves in the days
ahead could provide important clues. Amateur astronomers with
experience in asteroid imaging are encouraged to monitor developments.
[3D orbit] [ephemeris (enter "Scheila" in the search box)]
ERUPTION: Solar activity surged on Sunday, Dec. 12th, when the sun
erupted three times in quick succession, hurling a trio of bright
coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space. Coronagraphs onboard the
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the action:
A preliminary analysis suggests that none of the CMEs will be geoeffective. The expanding clouds should miss our planet.
these CMEs related? According to images from NASA's twin STEREO
spacecraft and the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the clouds emerged from
three distinct blast sites separated by great distances. In each case,
a magnetic filament erupted--one near the sun's southeastern limb
(CME#1), one near the north pole (CME#2), and one on the far side of
the sun (CME#3). Because all three eruptions occcured within a matter
of hours, the coronagraph images suggest a single 3-lobed cloud; in
fact, they are distinct CMEs.