||Hellzapoppin in space
||1/31/02 2:51:27 AM Pacific Standard Time
BURSTING COMET: Only a few days ago Comet LINEAR
WM1) was barely visible. Now it is eye-catching. The
from 6th magnitude on Jan. 26th to 2nd or 3rd magnitude on Jan. 30th. LINEAR
from the Sun on Jan. 22nd -- its closest approach to our star.
That encounter might have disrupted the comet's icy nucleus, which is now
vaporizing in dramatic fashion. Sky watchers south of the equator
see the dynamic comet gliding through the constellation
SOLAR STORM WARNING: Magnetic fields above sunspot
have stretched and twisted in recent days. Now, like a taut rubber band ready
to snap back, magnetic lines of force pose a threat for powerful
eruptions. An explosion from the active region would likely be Earth-directed
as it crosses the center of the Sun today and tomorrow.
movie of active region 9800, Jan. 25-30, 2002.
Are you OK? Some are smelling
sulfur in your area.
January 30, 2002 at
Subject: Sulpher Smell
|Don't know where it's coming from, but I was
just outside and there was a strong odor of sulpher in the air. Anyone else
in Seattle or north of downtown notice this? Just curious.