Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Voyage of Discovery

The voyage of discovery is not
in seeking new landscapes but
in having new eyes.

~Marcel Proust

Of Note: On August 1st the sun exploded in what scientists called the "Great Eruption." Never before had solar onlookers seen a whole hemisphere dance in a magnetic embrace which sent shock waves undulating across the surface. Accompanying the production were billion-ton cloudy masses billowing into space. Prior to these observations, it was thought that explosions were only localized events. Not so said the main researcher at Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in California: "The August 1st event really opened our eyes. We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out in scales we scarcely imagined before." Simply put, these minds had never considered whole-sun explosive activity. This discovery will change how solar weather forecasters predict solar storms. Power grid operators and airlines as well as others will benefit. What made this possible were three spacecraft orbiting the sun that monitor 97% of the sun's surface. This total-coverage allowed the scientists to put together data across the entire solar landscape that were previously gathered in a piecemeal fashion. Interestingly, August 1st resides in the sign of Leo which is ruled by the Sun. Could it be that the outpouring of solar energies was having a direct impact on the Earth at subtle levels not imaginable by solar scientists? Once astrology returns to its rightful place as a serious scientific endeavor, many more dots will be connected across the heavens.

Today's Weather Report: At this moment, it is 3:00 AM and -20 below zero Fahrenheit. That's frigid. I happen to be wide awake and contemplating the sun seemed like the thing to do at the moment. We sometimes forget that it is alive and well on the other side of the planet where it is already tomorrow and has been for some time. But right now, a little sleep would be welcome because, when the sun does rise on this side of the planet, I will be in no shape to appreciate it.