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Work update November 6, 2011

Filed under: Blogs — Fall into My Eyes @ 1:31 am

I realize it has been some time since I posted an actual update blog- and not just “chat” material…sorry…LOL. Things are still crazy; it seems they never calm down. A lot going on lately…I got a job! YAY! Working at the hospital in dietary :). I am suppose to start on November 7th, however, I just received a call from the HR director Friday at 4:45pm (15 minutes until all business offices close….) telling me that she has not been able to verify one of my former employments, and that I cannot come to work until it is verified. Would seem like there should not be any problem, right? WRONG. The one she needs verified happens to be one that closed down a few months after I stopped working there…so, guess what? I have no one to call to get a copy of a W2, or an employment verification form. It is pretty frustrating. I plan to call H and R block on Monday to see if they can get me a copy of my 2006 tax return that contains the information… Until it is all worked out, I cannot go to work :(. The dilemma is just in time for Christmas, huh? LOL.

 

Other than that, we have been at my husband’s parents everyday he is building a bunch of sheds for them that the last hurricane knocked down…so it has been nice to spend time with them so much :).

 

I have got to jump off, but can hopefully continue updating on another day this week!

 

Stay strong and remain open! 😀

 

Brandy

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Largest Sunspot in Years Observed on the Sun November 4, 2011

Filed under: Check it out! — Fall into My Eyes @ 8:50 am

Largest Sunspot in Years Observed on the Sun

by Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 03 November 2011 Time: 04:34 PM ET
One of the largest sunspots in years was observed on the sun Nov. 3, 2011. The gigantic sunspot in the upper left of this image is about 50,000 miles (80,000 km) long and was observed on the sun by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 3, 2011.
CREDIT: SDO

One of the largest sunspots in years has appeared on the sun, darkening part of its glowing face.

The massive sunspot, called AR1339, is about 50,000 miles (80,000 km) long, and 25,000 miles (40,000 km) wide, reports SpaceWeather.com. For comparison, Earth itself is only 8,000 miles (12,800 km) wide.

The sunspot behemoth isn’t yet facing our planet, but was spotted today (Nov. 3) by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The spacecraft’s photos of the giant sunspot  show the solar region as it comes into view on the northeastern edge, or limb, of the sun.

When it does turn our way in the days ahead, it should be an “easy target for backyard solar telescopes,” according to SpaceWeather.com.

The sunspot is actually a group of nearby darkened spots on the sun, some of which are individually wider than planet Earth.

Sunspots appear when intense magnetic activity ramps up on the sun, blocking the flow of heat through the process of convection, which causes areas of the sun’s surface to cool down. These isolated areas then appear dimmer than the surrounding area, creating a dark spot.

The intense magnetic activity around sunspots can often cause solar flares, which are large releases of energy that can actually brighten up the sun. Flares are also accompanied by flows of charged particles out into space, called coronal mass ejections, which can wreak havoc on satellites and power grids on Earth if they head our way.

SpaceWeather.com warns that a huge sunspot like AR1339 comes with a large potential for solar flares. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a 50 percent chance of medium-class M solar flares over the next 24 hours due to this sunspot.

In fact, the spot has already produced one class M4 solar flare on Nov. 2 that was observed by SDO. A large coronal mass ejection from this flare was observed, but it was not directed toward Earth. However, as the sunspot turns toward our planet in the coming days, we may be in for a greater chance of these ejections.

 

 
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