Extreme Solar Activity Footage From NASA

I have written about the solar flare activity as part of the narrative of my new paintings. Below is the information release from NASA about 2 large solar flares that will hit Earth on the morning of 8 March (US time).  Below is the NASA memo on this event.  The widget below will take you to the excellent workshop that was held in 2008 titled:   Severe Space Weather Events-Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts. A Workshop Report 2008 at The National Academies Press in the US.  The images from NASA provide some of the patterns for my new paintings.  My painting Emaculate Contraptions features the solar flare activity in the screen of a Blackberry Bold mobile phone.  It plays the role of the random element in an emmaculate conception (of sorts).

UPDATE 03/07/12 2:30pm EST
NASA models using data from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) have now provided more information about the two CMEs associated with the two March 6 flares. The first is traveling faster than 1300 miles per second; the second more than 1100 miles per second. NASA's models predict that the CMEs will impact both Earth and Mars, as well as pass by several NASA spacecraft – Messenger, Spitzer, and STEREO-B.  
The models also predict that the leading edge of the first CME will reach Earth at about 1:25 AM EST on the morning of March 8 (plus or minus 7 hours). Such a CME could result in a severe geomagnetic storm, causing aurora at low latitudes, with possible disruption to high frequency radio communication, global positioning systems (GPS), and power grids.

Read some of my previous posts about solar flares in my paintings below (they're rather off-beat, and not meant to slavishly follow science - it's about the art:

§         More Powerful Solar Flares Coming Decade  |  26 January 2012 |
I noted this new coronal mass ejection as part of what will become a normal and disruptive occurance over the next 11 years. I have featured this in my painting The Emaculate Contraption because I think they will have an enormous affect on our environment. There are also no definitive ...Read more>
§         Will Solar Storms Awaken The Sol Invictus?  |   26 September 2011
The Sun, the helios, its affect on Earth is a particular area of study called heliophysics. And NASA have quite a bit of this research on it's education websites. Solar flares have become an area of my interest lately. It is clear that we are entering an unusually high level ...Read more>
§         Angels Of The Emaculate Contraption |   31 August 2011 |
I often use the term 'gateway image"to describe a painting which is a bridge between one series and the next. Most of the time it is not that clean, because you travel a road and the landscape changes along the way.  So there are not really any breaks between one ...Read more>
§         A Surrealist's Tale Of Genetic Messiahs  |  1 February 2011
The next few months the work is in transition as I start a new series. It's going to be really vague and really weired (what's new you say). The working title is Scribes of Divinity. Here is one of the new canvases. In this image (which is an incomplete canvas), ...Read more>


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