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21 December 2017

There has long been speculation that cosmic rays (artist's impression) – charged particles travelling through space - may affect our atmosphere. But now researchers show that the rays trigger the formation of 'seeds' in our atmosphere which allow clouds to grow around them - Cosmic rays from exploding stars can influence weather on Earth, a pioneering study has found.

There has long been speculation that cosmic rays – highly charged particles travelling through space - may affect our atmosphere. But now researchers at Denmark Technical University show that the rays trigger the formation of 'seeds' in our atmosphere. These seeds allow clouds to form around them – and can potentially have a cooling effect on the Earth.

Cosmic rays can be flung out by our own sun and from exploding stars - supernovae. The researchers claimed the discovery helped fill in a mysterious gap in our knowledge of our climate and may help to explain unusual periods of warmth and cold during the past 2,000 years. The researchers said the effect of cosmic rays 'gives a physical foundation to the large body of empirical evidence showing that solar activity plays a role in variations in Earth's climate.'

As clouds are essential for the amount of solar energy reaching the surface of Earth, they said the implications can be significant for our understanding of why climate has varied in the past and also for future climate changes. They cited as examples the Medieval Warm Period around year 1000AD – around 1-2C (1.8-3.6F) warmer than in the early 20th century. The other was the Little Ice Age 1300-1900AD when temperatures dropped across northern Europe by 0.6C (1F) and glaciers advanced across the Alps. Both periods were consistent with changes in solar activity.

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12 September 2017

A beached sperm whale, as depicted in the <em>Visboeck</em>, a Dutch work from 1577. - Could cosmic events be leading sperm whales to their deaths?

In a new paper, published this August in the International Journal of Astrobiology, physicist Klaus Heinrich Vanselow and his colleagues develop a theory, first advanced more than a decade ago, that whale strandings in the North Sea are caused by solar storms. Million miles away, the Sun spits out clouds of energy and particles so large they can distort Earth’s magnetic field. When they hit the planet, these magnetic fluctuations may make whales lose their way with serious, even fatal, consequences.

When an animal this large shows up dead on shore, it is an event. As far back as the 16th century, when sperm whales beached near important cities in the Netherlands, artists documented the demise with etchings and engravings. In the 18th century, one stranding was commemorated with a set of blue Delft plates. These images, often printed in pamphlets and distributed across Europe, show crowds gathered around the massive corpses but also depict the whales in fine detail. For many years, much of what Europeans knew about sperm whales was learned from these events.

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13 September 2013

 - We’re also in the midst of a solar maximum, something that happens every 11 years. Albeit not as active as anticipated so far, along with every solar maximum comes a solar magnetic pole shift, again every 11 years. This is very significant on many levels, especially when we consider other concurrent events.

What is not very well known is that during these shifts the sun’s magnetic field dwindles down to zero. There is no solar magnetic field for up to 2 months while this shift takes place. What is the significance of that? I’m sure there are many aspects, but one known and important one is that powerful cosmic rays from outer space will no longer be deflected by the sun as they would be normally. Those same cosmic rays are free to pass through where the sun’s magnetic field would have deflected them, and a much higher amount of cosmic radiation will pass through towards earth.

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31 July 2013

 - Scientists are struggling to explain the Sun’s bizarre recent behavior. It typically puts on a pageant of magnetic activity every 11 years for aurora watchers and sungazers alike, but this time it overslept. When it finally woke up (a year late), it gave the weakest performance in 100 years.

What’s even weirder is that scientists, who aren’t usually shy about tossing hypotheses about, are at a loss for a good explanation.

“If this trend continues, there will be almost no spots in Cycle 25, and we might be going into another Maunder Minimum,” Penn states. The first Maunder Minimum occurred during the second half of the 17th century. Almost no spots were seen on the Sun during this time, which coincided with Europe’s Little Ice Age.

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12 July 2013

 - Enjoy our stormy sun while it lasts. Sunspots may disappear altogether in next cycle. When our star drops out of its latest sunspot activity cycle, the sun is most likely going into hibernation, scientists announced today.

Three independent studies of the sun's insides, surface, and upper atmosphere all predict that the next solar cycle will be significantly delayed—if it happens at all. Normally, the next cycle would be expected to start roughly around 2020.

The combined data indicate that we may soon be headed into what's known as a grand minimum, a period of unusually low solar activity.

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11 July 2013

 - NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a $169 million spacecraft has discovered what many scientists surmised; the sun has a comet-like tail. The less than 20 foot square craft, displayed the tail which couldn’t be seen before because it doesn’t shine, nor does it reflect light. Is the sun a comet?

No, it is a star. Both stars and comets have tails, which can usually be seen through a telescope. Our sun was not that easy.

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12 January 2013

- Have you ever felt strange without really knowing why shortly after a solar entered Earth's atmosphere?

According to scientists, solar flares do cause changes in human health.

A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields is suddenly released. Such intense activity has influence on our mind and body. More and more scientists are now convinced that our Sun affects our mental and physical health.

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3 December 2012

- According to NASA scientists, there will be a series of unusual solar flare activities in 2012 that will be much more severe than ones in recent times, and could lead to a disastrous scenario regarding nuclear plants around the world.

In the worst case, solar flares could disrupt electronic systems.  A large burst of radiation from the sun, for example, could knock out power transmission systems for months, grid experts warn.

Why does all this matter? To understand that, you have to understand how nuclear power plants function. Or, put another way, how is nuclear material prevented from “going nuclear” every single day across our planet?

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1 October 2012

- This is the second strong warning the space and atmospheric agencies have put out for cycle 24. Several coronal mass ejections (CMEs) along with coronal hole and filament discharges have been produced over the last 72 hours.

The cumulative effect of these events has caused an unexpected alert. The status of this event has been placed as a G3 'Strong' event.

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20 July 2012

 - As a result of aligning with a stream of cosmic rays from our Milky Way, and with the Sun reaching its maximum strength for this cycle, an enormous amount of charged particles will hit our solar system, Earth, and each of us.

The outcome is unknown - but if Mayan prophecy maintains its accuracy, a significant shift will occur with both the Earth itself (in the way of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami's, and all forms of extreme weather), and a shift in all living things (in the way of awareness and consciousness).

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15 July 2012

- Electromagnetic activity from the sun affects electronic devices and the human electromagnetic field. We are physically, mentally, and emotionally altered by electromagnetic charges from the sun.

Psychological effects of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) are typically short-lived and include headaches, palpitations, mood swings, and feeling generally unwell. Chaotic or confused thinking and erratic behaviors also increase.

The pineal gland in our brain is also affected by the electromagnetic activity, causing the gland to produce excess melatonin, a hormone that can cause sleepiness.

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15 July 2012

 - The CME cloud generated by an X1.4 Solar Flare on Thursday hit Earth’s magnetic field on July 14th at approximately 18:11 GMT/UTC.

The arrival of the CME shook the magnetic field, which in turn induced electrical currents in the ground at Arctic latitudes.

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12 July 2012

 - Scientists have been expecting this region on the sun's surface to produce an X-flare. Today, it did.

Giant sunspot group 1520 – which spans about 10 Earth diameters on the sun’s surface – emitted an X-flare today, 12 July 12, at 1653 GMT/UTC, at a time when the sunspot was directly facing Earth.

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Group distant healing events planned for 2018:

20 March - Equinox

21 June - Solstice

22 September - Equinox

21 December - Solstice

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