Marching On Together

Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games...

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Sunspot AR2645 grows from nothing into a sprawling behemoth more than 120,000 km wide, with multiple dark cores larger than Earth

These large sunspots have stable magnetic fields that pose no threat for strong solar flares. Credit: SDO/HMI
It's been the quietest period of sunspot activity on our Sun for seven years but...A big Sunspot is facing Earth.
In a year of few sunspots, AR2645 is remarkable.
The young spot has quickly grown from an almost invisible speck into a sprawling behemoth more than 120,000 km wide, with multiple dark cores larger than Earth.
And, it is directly facing our planet:AR2645 has a 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class (moderately strong) solar flares.
Any such explosions while the sunspot faces Earth could ionize the top of our planet's atmosphere and alter the normal propagation of radio transmissions around the globe.
Shortwave radio blackouts are possible if the sunspot erupts.
Despite its potential, AR2645 has so far been quiet, emitting only a crackling of minor C-flares with minimum effect on Earth.
NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% chance of more potent M-flares in the next 24 hours.

The Wire