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  1. The Lunar Eclipse this evening was a total bust here in LaLa Land,
    because of the total cloud cover. So instead, I figured I'd post some
    interesting solar flare info from Delton Horn's Basic Electronics
    book, p.95ff.

    <<
    In the Earth's upper atmosphere, the interaction between the solar
    wind particles and the magnetosphere generates very large electrical
    currents, often with power levels in the billions of watts range.
    This level is much larger than virtually all electrical sources
    created by humans.

    This natural admospheric electricity creates ionizing radiation and a
    number of electromagnetic waves in the ELF (extra-low frequency) and
    VLF (very-low frequency) range. (VLF=100 to 1000 Hz, ELF=0 to 100 Hz.)
    These effects are all normal in a quiet field resulting from a steady
    flow of solar wind.

    During a magnetic storm, the strength of the Earth's magnetic field
    fluctuates wildly, exhibiting great increases in strength. In some
    magnetic storms, these disturbances can induce very high power
    currents in electrical power lines and telephone lines. This induced
    power can sometimes cause a breakdown in the system.
    I skipped over the part where the ozone layer protects us from most of
    the ionizing radiation, etc.

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  2. Mark Jones

    Mark Jones Guest

    In (Watson A.Name -
    Watt Sun, Dark Remover):

    So THAT's what we can say caused the great NE blackout! :)
     
  3. Ross Mac

    Ross Mac Guest

    Best excuse I have heard.....Did they ever get to the bottom of that one????
     
  4. Andre

    Andre Guest

    Wasn't it caused by them testing the top-secret "Omega Pi
    Super-luminal Hadron Accelerator" in Area 51, Nevada? ;-) Caused a
    cascade failure in the grid.

    -A
     
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