How Big Are Solar Flares? Eye Opening Perspective

Submitted by: WorldScott 5 years ago in Science

The sun has been very active lately blasting out MASSIVE solar flare after flare. "Massive" is how big though??
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Male 74
Heads up IAB. This is on the front page of Buzzfeed now.
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Male 17,512
Mad_Gremlyn: I`d post all the links i have to prove that global warming is a hoax, but your cranium is as vacant as a singularity, so it`d be a waste of time.
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Male 2,790
this big *points at crotch*
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Male 512
Dr. CrakrJak, Environmental Scientist. Ph.D from Doesn`tExist University of Nowhere, Notastate.
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Male 17,512
MattPrince & paperduck: We already have too damn many environmental protections in place, they are choking our economy and shipping jobs overseas because of them. CO2 is not a pollutant, the only effect it has is make plants grow quicker, which is a bonus to farmers and the rain forest.

Sorry, but you`ve been scaremongered into believing there is a `crisis` that doesn`t exist. Plus, we are finding new sources of oil, natural gas, and coal daily, we are not going to `run out` of those sources within our lifetimes or our children`s lifetimes.
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Male 136
@Cyberdyne
no, we are smaller than sh*t to the Universe. Our sun, is nothing more than sh*t to the Universe.
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Male 1,745
green companies bring more to the table than `saving the planet`. energy independence in the short term, renewable energy sources in the long term. which is absolutely essential because our current sources of energy will (not might, WILL) run out.
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Male 1,745
crakrjak that`s what people were saying when they were dumping crap into rivers and lakes. how could humans ever disrupt it? well it turned out we can, we realized this when rivers and lakes caught fire or all living things died in them.

Think of the atmosphere as a really big lake, it can handle more crap. we should now know that thinking it`s not possible for humans to disrupt its balance is naive. If we realize this only after an `ah ha moment` event where we realized dumping hazardous chemicals into lakes was bad, it will be too late, because we are living in this `lake` and there`s only one of it.
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Male 2,860
How Big Are Solar Flares? Can`t remember, haven`t worn them since the early 80s.
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Male 1,249
Mind = blown
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Male 4,902
I love space stuff, especially when it makes you realize you are basically the equivalent of sh*t in the Universe.
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Male 5,413
Very nice!
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Male 2,220
Spider_sol`s brain is not massive, but he is denser than a solar flare. Whereas a solar flare is massive, just not very dense. Everything is relative.
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Male 2,220
Crakrjak. That`s like driving a car saying car-crashes have been caused by other things than having your eyes shut. There is no proof that shutting your eyes causes car crashes. Look I`ll shut my eyes whilst I`m driving...

Environment >> House of Cards Economy
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Male 17,512
apedrana: I`m saying that fluctuations in temperature are not anthropogenic (caused by humans) and have been cyclical for millions of years. Thus, If humans aren`t causing it then we shouldn`t be enriching `green companies` at the expense of our economy, especially right now when our economy is in the dumps.

Think of it this way, Does it make sense to buy expensive lobsters, when you`re living on food stamps, just because pork, chicken and beef are supposedly worse for the environment ?
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Male 1,745
spider_sol, it`s the largest explosion in the solar system, equivalent to millions of nuclear bombs going off at once. do you think jupiter is massive? it`s gaseous too but it certainly is very massive, well a large solar flare is like 10 jupiters.
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Male 1,745
who didn`t know this?
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Male 1,451
Why oh why couldn`t he just add in the side note that "massive" isn`t the best term as it means large and heavy (more literally having lots of mass) and solar flares are gaseous and therefore, relatively, not "heavy."
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Male 15,510
Dont you know we are orbiting the Sun`s atmosphere
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Male 144
So what your saying Crackrjak, is that we should be trying to stop solar flares instead of trying to reduce our CO2 emissions?
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Male 904
Does anybody else feel like that dude said the numbers 4 times as fast as as any other words?
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Male 17,512
Now you know why these `sunspots` have a major role in our global temperature and climate, CO2 has a tiny effect compared to the energy the sun emits.

Recent research at CERN even confirms that the cosmic rays from the sun effects cloud formation. Here
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Male 286
@greenbasterd

That magnetic field doesn`t protect our thousands of satellites that we need for every day things or the astronauts like he said in the video haha.
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Male 81
I`m already 165cm yet somehow, I feel a lot smaller. I mean, a lot smaller.
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Male 25,416
It looks like a sun fart!
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Male 74
"Sounded like he had too much saliva in his mouth and that prevented him from enunciating his words correctly. Sadly it distracted me the whole time. Otherwise, cool video."

Indeed, a proper sound recording studio / equipment would go some distance to helping overcome audio issues.
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Female 737
Sounded like he had too much saliva in his mouth and that prevented him from enunciating his words correctly. Sadly it distracted me the whole time. Otherwise, cool video.
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Female 1,623
I just wished he`d do the earth-stack thing and say "This size, bitch!" Then it might have been interesting...
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Male 74
No fear mongering. The issues that larger solar flares present as explained in the video are true to life and have already manifested themselves in the past.
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Male 978
@greenbasterd err i don`t think he was fear mongering, he was simply trying to show how big a solar flare was...
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Male 526
:O damn
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Male 1,582
I appreciated this information. You`re lacking in your presentation skills, but still, A for effort.
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Male 2,376
pffft.. fear mongering!! what they didn`t show you is how dratin far we are from the sun!!!!!! were pretty dratin far!!! and we have a kick ass magnetic field thats prettyt kick ass at blocking poo!!!!!
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Male 74
Link: How Big Are Solar Flares? Eye Opening Perspective [Rate Link] - The sun has been very active lately blasting out MASSIVE solar flare after flare. `Massive` is how big though??
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