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[quote:aether:MV8xOTI4ODE0XzM0NjAzMDQzXzU0MEY1RjVC] [b]Flat Land[/b] [Quote:observation]Kepler has recorded transits by several planets around a single star. To date 170 multiple systems of two or more plants have been found. The poster child for these is the "six-pack" planet system Kepler 11, which I reported on back in February. What this means is that the systems are remarkably [b][color=green]"coplanar."[/color][/b] The planets are laid out like peas on a flat dinner plate. By contrast, the orbits of the major planets in our solar system are tilted by as much as seven degrees from the plane of Earth’s orbit. But some Kepler systems vary by only one degree offset. However, one caution with this interpretation is that the there still could be undiscovered planets much farther out that are tilted relative to the flat inner planet population. It’s been long held that planets agglomerate inside a very flat disk of material encircling a newborn star like the rings of Saturn. So their orbits should be coplanar. But later perturbations by the planets’ gravitational tug may warp orbits. The star Beta Pictoris is a classic example with a planet that is orbiting several degrees off from the bright edge-on disk plane.[/Quote] http://news.discovery.com/space/kepler-search-gives-insights-into-physical-nature-of-planetary-systems-110524.html [/quote]
An X-2 class solar flare recently missed a direct impact with Earth.
Heliophysicists classify solar flares according to their brightness in X-ray wavelengths. C-class flares are the smallest on the scale, with X-ray measurements in the 10^-6 watts per square meter range (W/m^2), while X-class flares can exceed 10^-4 W/m^2. Why is that important?
An X-2 solar flare has enough energy to overload satellite circuits and disrupt other forms of communication should its full force be directed at Earth.
Modern astronomers believe that solar flares, or coronal mass ejections (CME), occur when magnetic reconnection events in the Sun’s atmosphere cause a short circuit in magnetic field lines. According to one theory, “magnetic energy” then accelerates the superheated gases into space. Although no one knows what “magnetic reconnection” is, it is the only explanation offered................
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