Monday, June 02, 2008

Global Warming, Solar Radiation Linked Say NASA Eggheads

While attempting to understand why the solar corona is so much hotter than Sol's surface, NASA scientists have also confirmed the origins of the global warming phenomenon on Earth. It has long been known that the temperature at the Sun's surface is around 6000 Celsius, while the outer most layer, the corona, is a staggering 2,000,000 Celsius. At those temps, SPF gazillion isn't going to prevent skin damage.

The smart guys at the National Space and Aeronautics Administration have proposed two explanations:

ScienceDaily (Jun. 2, 2008)
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"It has become clear in recent years that coronal heating is a highly dynamic process, but inconsistencies between observations and theoretical models have been a major source of heartburn. We have now discovered two possible solutions to this dilemma: energy is released impulsively with the right mix of particle acceleration and direct heating, or energy is released gradually very close to the solar surface," says James Klimchuk, an astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center's Solar Physics Laboratory in Greenbelt, Md.
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X-rays and ultraviolet radiation from the solar corona affect Earth and its atmosphere. For satellites, this can be a real drag--literally. As Earth's atmosphere gets hotter, it expands and becomes denser at high altitudes. When this happens, satellites experience more drag, which changes their orbits...
So there you have it. Jolly old Sol actually heats the Earth's atmosphere with X-rays and ultraviolet radiation. Huh! Who woulda thunk it? And upon closer reading, it may also be a major cause of heartburn.






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10 comments:

Tom C said...

Tum, tum tum tum, Tums....To hot for rolaids.

todd said...

I have noticed the change in the NY times owned discovery channels, ie, Science, Military (yeah military channel and the NY time go figure0 etc. They have been almost non stop promoting man made heat but now I see them asking questions like, what about the influence of the Sun, the Earths mantle, stuff like that? Of course they still have their little green countdown clock in the upper right corner of the screen, hey, baby steps. I guessing that the Earth will start turning cold and these same people will be trying to figure out how to warm us up. Maybe by pumping more plant food into the atmosphere, yep the exact opposite. How do I know, its liberalism, it always works this way. Its much more predictable than climate change.

Yomin Postelnik said...

Thanks for posting and forwarding the interesting piece.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 06/20/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Editor said...

Thanks for alerting me to this important piece, Don. As with your advisement about the Great Global Warming Swindle, I've taken your suggestion and linked you in a blog-post.

Best,

M-J
M-J in the Republic

donaldjhagen said...

I've linked to you too, but now after reading the original article that pointed a Science Daily article that said Global Warming is caused by the Sun, I’ve realize that web links have somehow changed, because the new link points to the wrong Science Daily article, because the new link points to a Science Daily article that discusses Solar Loops!!! Please fix the link ASAP so I can link to you again. Also, email me when you do ( dsthagen@verizon.net ). Thanks!!!

Indigo Red said...

Don Hagen,
The links are correct from my side. Both linked articles are specifically about coronal loops, but I used the two paragraphs that dealt with the heating of Earth's upper atmosphere where the warm surface air goes and is cooled which eventually cycles back to the surface and the effects that warming has on satelites. The post I wrote, is an inferrence from the implications of upper atmospheric warming by the coronal activity.

Another link to apparently the original Goddard/NASA article is:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/coronal_loops.html

Thanks for all the links.

donaldjhagen said...

Sorry, my mistake. The links are right

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