Electromagnetic Disruption Defense

I owe this ponder to http://violetwisp.wordpress.com/ for kindly alerting me to the effect of solar activity on our brain. Decades spent living in a rain forest left little doubt as to earthly weather’s impact on mood – SAD (seasonal affective disorder) a recognized affliction during gloomy west coast winter has doctors recommending sun lamps along with anti-depressants. It hadn’t occurred to me space weather played a part in mood.

The Pineal Gland in our brain reacts to electromagnetic charges. Solar flares and resulting CME’s (coronal mass ejections) are bursts of magnetically charged plasma hurled into space at mind boggling speeds. Our magnetosphere protects us from radiation, most of us blissfully unaware of geomagnetic storms, disrupted radio waves or power fluctuations. Poor pineal gland can’t do the same – highly sensitive to electromagnetic energy, it goes into overdrive producing excess Melatonin. Melatonin is a natural sleep inducing substance, our “circadian rhythm” goes haywire and grumpy, irritated, moody, depressed or anxiety ridden people emerge.


My interest in space weather has led to more than a few rolled eyes and jokes about tin foil hats. I’m not bothered by snickers, more frustrated and annoyed at those who ignore the power of the cosmos. I’m waiting for those same people to use “electromagnetic disruption” as a defense for bad behaviour.

NASA Explains

NASA Explains

NASA has already prepared a press release to be issued on Dec. 22, 2012. It explains why the world didn’t end the night before. Personally, if I were NASA I would be issuing this statement in advance. It explains the Mayan long count calendar in easy to understand terms; who knows – it might just diffuse doomsday nonsense.

My interest in ancient cultures has offered plenty of time to ponder prophecy. Without exception, prophecy appears in every every last one. Rather than dwell on a single apocalyptic date; view it as a warning or cautionary tale.  I’m no expert , my conclusions stem from reasonable common sense.

I see prophecy as the means by which ancient cultures explained events. The last ice age ended a mere 15,000 years ago; a cosmic blink of the eye. Volcanic eruptions, drought, disease – all devastating natural occurrences. All part of a natural cycle. Our ancient past revered the world, worshipped the sun, seasons and stars. Catastrophic events recorded in the context of ancient belief were referred to as the end of an age, or rebirth. Ancient cultures took nothing for granted. Their prophecy served as a warning – it could happen to any one, at any time.

Arrogance has led us to believe we are invincible, becoming as delusional as we are vulnerable. The climate will change, history shows us that. We are at the mercy of solar flares, asteroids, and ” super volcanoes “. We have no control over natural events, they are inevitable and unstoppable. The things we can control are what worries me.  It doesn’t take a genius to realize we’ve lost our way.  Our lack of regard for the world is something we should all be ashamed of.

Click on the link NASA Explains at the top of my post. Learn about the Mayan calendar, ponder the mind boggling knowledge these people possessed. When you’re done – look at your life, reassess your priorities, and mark Dec. 21, 2012 on your calendar as the day you plan to start looking at the world with fresh eyes.

Time for a Solar Check Up

It would warm my heart to know that others checked in with our Sun each day. Solar wind, chance of flares, Auroral oval, electromagnetic flux, it’s all there on spaceweather.com. I’m not bothered in the slightest that my inability to sleep until checking in, borders on compulsion. Anyone who has witnessed the Northern Lights might understand. I’ve managed to wean myself off solar alerts and warnings, checking that site out only when the Sun has been uppity.

The universe is a mystery in so many ways, we are nothing more than a speck of cosmic dust, at the mercy of forces completely beyond our control. Gazing skyward unlocks your imagination, understanding those forces makes you appreciate all that you have.

The solar wind is currently steady at 336 Km/second. Some active sunspots have kicked up a fuss, throwing off flares. Not to worry they’re on the far side of the sun and not Earth directed. In a few days they will be facing Earth, no telling how active they will be. For reasons not understood by science, around the Equinox Auroras become particularly intense. As of today there are 1331 near Earth asteroids, none on the PHA (potentially hazardous asteroid) list, so no collisions looming. A near earth asteroid is anything 100 Lunar Distance (the distance from earth to the moon) or less. The closest one, 2010JK1, will pass by on Nov. 25 a mere 56 metres and 9.3 Lunar Distance.



Photo from spaceweather.com

Our Sun is getting uppity again

As I ponder the sky, it’s only fair to report back. In fact, you can leave the sky watching to me. I assure you, anything of interest, you’ll be the first to know.

A new sunspot – AR1532 erupted with an M6 class flare today. Impressive, but not remarkable, the resulting  CME ( coronal mass ejection ) is heading our way. If you’re lucky enough to be away from city lights, and the sky is clear around midnight tomorrow, you could witness the auroras in the most unexpected of places. Over the next few days, predictions are that much stronger flares will occur.

Meteor showers are starting to get interesting. The annual Aquarid shower is taking place now, an opening act for the Perseid shower that peaks August 12 – 13, with as many as 100 meteors an hour.

If you want to learn more, the following link is a great place to start. It’s for Space Weather, and the photo is courtesy their site.