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There are many mysteries in the universe. If there were one truth I could learn, it would be…
That I really cannot think of anything. I believe in God which means I believe He created everything. I also believe God is sovereign and doesn’t need to answer to anyone for any of his decisions, actions or inaction. Sure, there are a ton of questions that I wouldn’t mind asking Him. Okay, it took over a month to come up with an answer to this question and all I needed to do was start writing because something just came to mind…
I would ask God what his inspiration was for creating the human being, male and female, in the design He did. Not just outwardly but the amazing inner workings of each bodily function and organ. I would also want to know why the microscopic world is as infinitely and progressively small as the universe is infinitely large. That is about it but what amazes me the most is with the enormity and vastness of space; the Creator is still bigger than His creation. That is mind blowing.
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And you thought tornadoes and hurricanes were bad? Around 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 6, 2012 a powerful solar storm on the surface of our sun, unleashed the largest solar flare recorded this year. Much like earthquakes, hurricanes and your Facebook comments, solar flares are measured on a rating scale. Based on the scale for solar flares which runs from A, B, C, M and X. An A solar flare is the weakest and of course, an X would be the strongest. Tuesday’s flare rated an X 5.4 class flare.
Both NASA’s Stereo-B spacecraft and its Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the coronal mass ejections which erupted from the solar flares. One of the two also captured the images seen in this post. Neat huh?
Much like the storm that created the Fantastic Four, this X-class (not to be confused with the X-Men) flare could disrupt satellite communications, power grids and produce exciting auroras at both poles. Solar flares occur all the time however they are not always ejected towards the Earth. Presently the sun is in a very active period which happens every eleven years or so.
The flares could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth. Wikipedia states, in language I am too ignorant to fully understand; A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a disturbance in the interplanetary medium. A geomagnetic storm is a major component of space weather and provides the input for many other components of space weather. A geomagnetic storm is caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field which interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field.
The two ejections on Tuesday followed another powerful solar flare that took place on Sunday. It is possible that you won’t have power to keep your refrigerator going and it might be possible that you won’t be able to call your friends on your cell phones but with a little ingenuity we should be able to get passed this. If not, “Flame On!“
Some Facts About the Fifth Planet from the Sun.
Jupiter, 5th Planet in our Solar System
1. You can fit 318 planet Earth’s inside of Jupiter. That is huge. Not only can you fit over three hundred Earth’s inside of Jupiter but Jupiter’s mass is 2.5 the mass of the rest of the planets combined.
2. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is actually a storm that has been raging for more than 350 years but it is getting smaller in size. Astronomer Cassini first viewed the Great Red Spot in 1655.
3. Jupiter has 63 know satellites. My personal favorite moon is Io. Io has active vulcanism and produces lava flows, volcanic pits, and plumes of sulfur and sulfur dioxide hundreds of miles high. This volcanic activity was discovered in 1979 by Voyager 1.
But perhaps the most important fact about Jupiter that I want to make you aware of is that this month you can see it with your naked eye. Jupiter is the brightest “star” in the night sky during November.
- Jupiter’s moon Europa may have lakes in addition to oceans (inquisitr.com)
- Moon, Jupiter to shine near each other tonight (csmonitor.com)