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About Marcel de Bont

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  • Birthday 07/15/1989

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  1. Just felt the need to post a general thank you to all the good folks on here. The forums are getting more active and that means more people come here to among other things, ask questions. Some of you are quick to chime in whenever a question gets posted and answer these questions with striking accuracy. So thanks for helping each other out! Keep on the good work.
  2. It can also be the moon (or in this case) the Earth passing in between the Sun and SDO. Check out question number 4 on this page for more info: https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/faq
  3. I respect you're and many other people's interest in finding connections between the Sun and seismic activity on Earth the but as long as it isn't main stream science it has nothing do in this topic or forum. The paper provided by Jan is using a new theory yes, but that theory doesn't involve plate tectonics on Earth or anything of that sorts. Again, we made SpaceWeatherLive for people to learn about space weather and access all the available data in the easiest way possible but we are not a platform that promotes alternative space weather science. However we also understand there is a significant audience who are interested in alternative space weather scientific topics and we respect that. That is why we have the ''Other'' forum where these topics can be discussed as long as the discussions remain civilized. Everybody is welcome and so are their opinions and views but there is a time and place for everything... but this topic isn't the place right now. Thanks and have a great day! 👍
  4. I would highly appreciate it if talk about alternative science like earthquakes etc. stays in the 'dedicated 'Other'' forum and doesn't spill over in topics like this one. Thanks for understanding! Also welcome Patrick on the SpaceWeatherLive.com forums. As I said in our mail exchange, congratulations on the release of your paper and great to see you on this forum.
  5. Only if it has a considerable amount of sunspots and could produce high C class or M class activity. Of that what we can see right now of this region, it doesn't fit those criteria. It must have been larger on the far side. There is a lot of faculae visible and just one sunspot has rotated into view right now. Even C class flares are unlikely from this region. It has been quiet indeed but remember we are still only just crawling out of solar minimum. We will see more and more sunspots popping up as times passes but I still think we have to wait until 2021 until we see larger and longer lasting sunspot regions. Thanks a lot for your comment! It is much appreciated.
  6. The SUVI instrument on GOES isn't of the same quality as the AIA assembly on SDO but SUVI's wider field of view compared to SDO's AIA is the main benefit we got with GOES. I looked at the thermatic map but didn't think it was particularly accurate but I guess we could put it on the GOES page. It doesn't hurt to have it there! Nah it isn't redundant at all, it is a good idea actually! I didn't think about that. Will do that for sure when I got the time! Thanks for your suggestions. This is the kind of feedback we need to improve the website in every aspect possible.
  7. I assume you mean the sunspot region that is visible on STEREO Ahead and not the one facing Earth as the one facing Earth is small and insignificant. We have to wait maybe two more days until this far side region rotates into view but it does look fairly big considering we are just crawling out of solar minimum. It does seem quiet at the moment with no eruptions from it worth noting. Remember that it might just be a pile of faculae with very little sunspots but if it does have sunspots it could be an interesting region to monitor in the days ahead. Based on its location it is very likely a SC25 sunspot region.
  8. Thanks for the great detective work guys. Let's hope the right people are aware of the issue and come with a fix as soon as possible!
  9. I guess it should be...? But I am not sure if the model can handle such inputs which would result in values over 150GW. POES was derived from a satellite flying over the poles if I remember correctly.
  10. Thanks for your post. I indeed noticed it and it is a mystery as how this is possible. I posted the following explanation on Twitter:
  11. The hemispheric power can go over 150GW of course. I am not sure how the model handles it however, if there is a cap for the model at 150GW... that I do not know. I think somewhere around 110 or 120GW is like the most I have seen on the OVATION model.
  12. Also noticed NOAA mentioning it but looking at LASCO and STEREO, it is a very slow CME. Based on STEREO I'd say a glancing blow is possible but the CME is so slow and faint I doubt it is something we will notice if it passes Earth. Made a very quick animation from a couple of LASCO frames so you can see for yourself. STEREO:
  13. Hello and welcome. There is absolutely no chance that any of the things mentioned will happen. Our star is estimated to live another 5 billion years and solar flares do not burn the surface of our Earth. While solar flares are impressive solar explosions in their own right, they are nothing compared with the energy that reaches the surface of our Earth in the form of sunlight every single second.
  14. That is a great question and I enjoyed reading everyone's comments thus far! I went on vacation to Scandinavia in 2011 and saw the northern lights. A Dutch photographer staying on the same camping ground as I did introduced me to the Dutch version of SpaceWeatherLive but of course I did not understand anything shown on the website at the time. I became fascinated with the northern lights as I saw them during multiple evenings and back home I started to study like crazy on everything space weather related. I got into contact with our webmaster Sander not too long after that vacation and had regular contact with him. A few years ago I got the nod and joined the SpaceWeatherLive team. I am sure Sander will respond to this topic when he got time and tell his fascinating story. Welcome on this forum! I wont go into the content of your post but it has nothing to do with the topic at hand, please post elsewhere if you really want to discuss this. You are however welcome to chime in as to why you became interested in space weather!
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