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Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

Powerful Magnetic Storm Approaches the Earth

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The largest electromagnetic energy emission in the last 30 years has been recorded on the Sun, the Shernberg State Astronomy Institute said on Thursday. This energy outburst may damage equipment of space satellites, the scientists say. Doctors warn that the emission is dangerous for those afflicted with cardiovascular illnesses as well as for healthy people.
Scientists at the Shernberg Astronomy Institute of the Moscow State University have reported record-high emissions of electromagnetic energy on the Sun, the biggest since the 1970s. Over the past few days, the volume of sun radiation, or X9, has exceeded the normal level 1,000-fold. The scientists call this phenomenon an anomaly and say that the Sun is now in a stage when sunspots, sources of high electromagnetic radiation, are unusual. ?Outbursts on the Sun like this have been extremely infrequent over the past 30 years,? said Igor Nikulin of the Shernberg Institute. ?What is more, we have never had a chance to observe such emissions with the sun at its minimal activity.?

Scientists say that the first indications of increased solar activity were recorded on Monday when four sunspots appeared on the eastern part of the visible side of the solar disk. First, the scientists observed flashes on the Sun which were classified as moderate. However, the flashes were followed on Tuesday by massive outbursts of electromagnetic energy. ?Such a large cloud of hot plasma has been released into space that even electronic equipment on space satellites may be damaged,? Vladimir Matveev at the Moscow Aviation Institute says.



Source URL:
http://www.kommersant.com/p728532/r_530/Sun_Magnetic_Storm/

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