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The new solar cycle bares its teeth: Powerful solar flare jams radio signals over the Pacific Ocean

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(Planet-today) The sun unleashed a powerful solar flare after one of its sunspots erupted late Monday, April 19. It released a pulse of X-rays and ultraviolet rays toward Earth, ionizing the top of the atmosphere and causing a shortwave radio blackout over the Pacific Ocean. Mariners and ham radio operators in the area might have noticed unusual propagation conditions at frequencies below 10 megahertz.

(Article by Virgilio Marin republished from NaturalNews.com)

The solar event was classified as an M1-class flare, which is considered moderate in intensity. Satellite images of the solar flare, which were taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), showed a brief, violent flash of energy exploding out of sunspot AR2816.

The flare might have also released a coronal mass ejection (CME), a powerful expulsion of charged particles from the sun’s corona. If Earth happens to be on the path of a CME, charged particles from the explosion can mess up the planet’s magnetic field. This, in turn, can knock down satellites and the power grid, blacking out entire regions that are reliant on electricity.

NASA won’t know for sure whether a CME accompanied the solar flare until it collected enough data. The space agency is currently monitoring the sun through the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a spacecraft that it co-created with the European Space Agency.

In a joint report with the Air Force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast a slight chance of another M1-class flare on Friday, April 23. It also predicted that Earth’s magnetic field would be at “quiet to unsettled levels” on the same day.

Is Solar cycle 25 going to be catastrophic?

The solar cycle is the cycle that the sun’s magnetic field goes through around every 11 years. During the solar cycle, the sun’s magnetic poles gradually reverse position, increasing solar activity in the process. Solar activity then gradually settles back down to a minimum before another cycle begins.

The sun entered Solar Cycle 25 (SC25) in December 2019. It had been mostly quiet in the past few months but could become a little more violent in the next few years. But some experts have predicted that SC25 would be on the milder side of past solar cycles.

The Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, an international group of experts co-sponsored by NOAA and NASA, forecast that the current cycle would peak in July 2025, give or take eight months. It said that the sun would form around 115 sunspots. Panel co-chair Lisa Upton noted that their predictions had mostly matched the sun’s actual activity so far.

“The sun is performing as we expected, maybe even a little better,” she remarked. “The current behavior of the sun is consistent with an early onset near the beginning of our predicted range.”

If current trends persist SC25 could peak as early as 2024. Activity during this cycle would be similar in strength to the relatively weak cycle that preceded it. Solar Cycle 24 peaked with a maximum sunspot number of 116.

“I’m not surprised that people are grumbling about SC25 being a dud,” Upton shared. “Weak cycles are typically preceded by long stretches of spotless days, and they are slow to ramp up. All of this is consistent with our prediction.”

Conversely, a study led by the federally-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research predicted that SC25 would be among the strongest since record-keeping began. Researchers forecast that the sun would form a maximum of 210 to 260 sunspots. This would make SC25 one of the strongest ever observed.

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‘October Surprise’: Russia To Launch Nukes in Space

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The ‘national security threat’ announced on Wednesday is
about Russia planning to launch nuclear weapons in space, causing some
to speculate whether it’s really an election year ploy.

The panic began when House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner
(R-Ohio) asked President Biden to declassify information about a
“serious national security threat”.

Modernity.news reports: The weapon would reportedly be designed to be used to take out satellites.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded by telling reporters he wanted “to assure the American people, there is no need for public alarm.”

The big, scary threat is serious business and involves a space-based nuke controlled by evil dictator Putin, but it’s also “not an immediate crisis,” according to what three members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee have told Politico.

Okay, then. Just for election season, is it?

Zero Hedge reports: “So, the question is – was this:

a) a distraction from Biden’s broken brain, or

2) a last desperate attempt to get more funding for anything-but-the-US-border, or

iii) a path to pitching Putin as the uber-bad-guy again after his interview with Tucker Carlson.”

Just by coincidence, Mike Turner recently returned from Ukraine having lobbied for billions more in weapons and aid for Zelensky’s government.

Some questioned the timing, suggesting it might all be a deep state plot to keep American voters afraid when they hit the ballot box.

Speculation will now rage as to whether this is “the event,” real or imagined, that billionaires and elitists the world over have been building underground survival bunkers in preparation for.

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Earth has built-in protection from asteroids

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Asteroids are not just wandering space rocks, but a potential threat
to Earth. But what if the Earth already has its own built-in defenses
against them? Recent research published on the preprint server arXiv puts forward an unusual theory: Earth’s gravitational forces may serve as its secret shield against asteroids.

Our
planet uses powerful gravitational interactions with other celestial
bodies to break apart asteroids that approach it. These tidal forces,
akin to those that explain Earth’s tides caused by the Moon, can be so
intense that objects undergo tidal disruption, causing them to be torn
apart.

Observations of fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after
its collision with Jupiter in 1994 provided the first confirmation of
this phenomenon. However, for decades astronomers have been looking for
evidence that Earth or other terrestrial planets could have a similar
effect on asteroids and comets.

Planetary scientist Mikael Granvik
from the Swedish University of Technology, Luleå, led the research that
came closer to solving the above phenomenon.

His
discovery is linked to the search for gravitationally disrupted
near-Earth asteroids (NEAS), and provides compelling evidence that our
planet’s gravitational forces are not just an abstract concept, but a
factor capable of breaking asteroids into small pieces.

Based on
modeling of asteroid trajectories, Grunwick and colleague Kevin Walsh of
the Southwest Research Institute found that collisions with rocky
planets can cause asteroids to lose a significant portion of their mass,
turning them into debris streams.

New data shows that small
asteroid fragments, while not posing a threat to life on the planet, may
nevertheless increase the likelihood of local collisions like those
that occurred in Tunguska and Chelyabinsk.

Granwick assures that
asteroids smaller than 1 km in diameter are not a critical threat, but
increase the likelihood of incidents. However, it is worth remembering
the additional risks that may arise due to the formation of new debris
clouds.

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