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    Maldegem, Belgium
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  1. Vancanneyt Sander

    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    We'll send you a pm for that with more info! We can sure use some help with updating the German translation, it's currently at 65% completed. We'll PM you the info.
  2. Vancanneyt Sander

    Does Solar & Geomagnetic Activity Affect Health?

    The Earth’s magnetosphere protects us from the space weather effects from the Sun and thus humans can survive on Earth. Current research shows negligible or no effects on the life on Earth itself, but it can be dangerous for astronauts who go beyond the protective magnetosphere into space. Astronauts survived the influences from space, although no space walks are done during a solar radiation storm because that would harm astronauts because their unprotected. Other reasearch is done on neutrinos (from cosmic rays and/or sun). These particles don’t have mass but sometimes they collide with hydrogen atoms (based on readings from the neutrino detectors on Earth), because humans consist of hydrogen, such a collision of a particle could possible have an effect and is part of the research. I do not have any medical degree so I can only advise on what the space weather subject consists of and what we know from the effects from space weather. Please consult a doctor for the symptoms you are describing.
  3. Definetly possible, I’ve seen airplanes that took more dangerous turns 😉 When traffic above an airport is very busy, airplanes circle around before they get clearance to land.
  4. Vancanneyt Sander

    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    Thank you for your interest. Our current Spanish translator has kept it up to date with the latest SWL version so that should be ok. If you want to help out with the help section, that's currently at 4% done.
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    The Moon phase calendar has been extended. up until now you could only view the current and next month; now you can look further into the future which is more ideal when you're planning your next aurora trip.
  6. It was closed because the answer was found. There was no evidence of anything that hit the sun, all satellites observing the sun confirmed that. The gif animation showed a clear airplane passing through that caused nothing more of a reflection. Case closed and thus also the topic. ps: because there was no solar event, it was an off-topic discussion and not space weather related. We like things to be in the space weather subject. some extra information: in the past we’ve seen comets plunging to the Sun. when a comet nears the sun it gets brighter and this happens in a period of multiple days as it gets closer to the sun. It happens rarely that a comet gets bright enough to be seen from Earth in broad daylight. The magnitude (brightness) is too weak. If a comet is on collision course with the sun, it would be vaporised even before it hits the surface because the atmosphere of the sun is much much much hotter than the surface. as you can see at the timeframe this comet (which looks bright but was invisible to naked eye from Earth) had a close passage around the Sun and that took a day to complete the passage. This detail of SDO shows what happens with close comets: https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/mov/depot/lovejoy/movies/comet-2_171.gif
  7. Vancanneyt Sander

    Two objects hitting the sun and bounced back into space

    We'd like to add that other solar satellites didn't see anything happening on the Sun; plus all ground stations that also watch the Sun do not have anything particular during that timeframe. We can conclude it's not solar related. We like to close and conclude that it's an airplane passing through and the reflection on the airplane causes the "flare".
  8. Vancanneyt Sander

    Two objects hitting the sun and bounced back into space

    looks clearly like an airplane ✈️ with its exhaust.
  9. Vancanneyt Sander

    Two objects hitting the sun and bounced back into space

    Reviewing the SDO imagery, the satellite that continuously watches the Sun, there where no events on the Sun during that time. We can conclude nothing has plunged into the Sun. in the past we did have some comets that plunged into the Sun but caused nothing much, most debris is already burned before it touches the solar surface because the corona of the Sun is way hotter than the surface. And those events don't cause a major flash and wouldn't be visible from Earth. i do agree with @Sunfrog that a reflection can be the cause. The images where also not taken using the proper solar filters which can also cause lens flares (camera related) and other optical side-effects. Plus if the lens has no image stabilization, a small bright object can be smeared out in the image.
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    For everybody that didn’t see our news, we celebrated our 10th birthday of SpaceWeatherLive and we did that by releasing our own app that’s available for iOS and android devices. Like our website it’s available in 10 languages and has some unique features not found on the site. More information can be found here. Thank you to all who supported us to make this all happen!
  11. Vancanneyt Sander

    I hope www.spaceweatherlive.com Survive

    The most important solar observatories are still online and providing us continuous views on our star. The moon and earth sometimes passes between the satellite and the Sun and thus creates a partial eclipse of the solar disk from the eyepoint of the satellite. This is a common thing, nothing to worry about. Around the equinoxes this is very common as the earth passes in between the satellite and the Sun on a daily basis.
  12. Vancanneyt Sander

    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    we'll send u a message
  13. Vancanneyt Sander

    Help translate SpaceWeatherLive into your language

    Thank you for your interest! German translation needs a big update, we'll e-mail you the details shortly.
  14. Solar flares and CME’s can come from any sunspot on the solar disk, so from Earths viewpoint there can be solar flares at the backside of the sun. That’s why NASA launched the two stereo satellites to monitor what’s happening on the other side. You can check stereo imagery on our website. be aware that not every solar flare has an accompanied CME.
  15. Vancanneyt Sander

    look at solar activity

    When looking at the AIA imagery you would have the idea that there would be a sunspot region but the only thing that's there are the so called Faculae: This is a photospheric feature of the Sun and these also have magnetic field lines just like sunspots have and thus on the AIA imagery you'll see those field lines just like it was a sunspot region. Where a sunspot is cooler and makes the sun darker on those places, faculae works a bit the opposite where it makes the sun on that place a bit brighter. These faculae are best viewed in H-alpha imagery because they don't show up much on visible light.

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