One of the most famous stars in the night sky is about to disappear. On Dec. 12th (Dec. 11th in the USA), asteroid Leona will pass directly in front of Betelgeuse for an extremely rare occultation visible from south Florida to Italy. Sky watchers in the "path of totality" can look up and see the red giant vanish, dramatically altering the appearance of the constellation Orion.
There are huge population centers in the occultation path, especially in south Florida where Leona's shadow crosses Miami and Fort Lauderdale. For observers there, Betelgeuse will wink out for about 10 seconds on the evening of Dec. 11th just before 8:25 pm Eastern Standard Time. In Europe, the occultation happens on Dec. 12th between 1:10 UT and 1:16 UT. To find out when to look from your location, we recommend downloading this excellent Google Earth file; when viewing the map, click on the little dots for occultation times.
NOAA models confirm that a Cannibal CME will strike our planet on Dec. 1st. Cannibal CMEs form when a fast CME sweeps up a slower CME ahead of it. The combination contains intense, tangled magnetic fields that can do a good job sparking auroras when they reach Earth. If a Cannibal CME strikes Earth on Dec. 1st, as predicted, geomagnetic storm levels could reach category G3 (Strong). If so, here's what we can expect. The last G3-class storm on Nov. 5th sparked not only bright auroras, but also deep-red SAR arcs around the world. Greg Redfern photographed this example from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia:
"I didn't realize I had photographed an SAR arc until I processed my images the next day, stitching two of them together to reveal its shape," says Redfern.
SAR arcs look like auroras, but they are not. They are the glow of heat energy leaking into the upper atmosphere from Earth's ring current system–a donut-shaped circuit carrying millions of amps around our planet. During the Nov. 5th geomagnetic storm, these red arcs were observed as far south as Texas and California.
Auroras were observed as well -- "and they were INSANE," says Janne Maj Nagelsen, who watched the display from Stamnes, Vaksdal, Norway:
"I have never seen such strong auroras," says Nagelsen. "Not to mention the colors. I mean look at the picture! They were totally, literally insane."
Auroras are caused by charged particles raining from space down upon Earth's atmosphere. Unlike SAR arcs, which are pure red, auroras can have a rich and stunning variety of colors. Both phenomena may be photographed on Dec. 1, 2023, when a Cannibal CME is expected to hit Earth.
If you’re constantly creating light, then darkness does not have a chance.
We’ve said this over and over and now it comes full circle to you personally: Wherever you go, darkness can’t touch you.
Are you listening to me? It can’t touch you.
The essence of your light is the love of God and you are broadcasting it.
Lightworker – broadcast it!
There’s no dark thing that can get in there as long as you’re broadcasting light!
Through Lee Carroll, the Original Kryon Channel (via firstname.lastname@example.org)
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We are so aware that many of the events we’re currently experiencing are some of the most challenging and horrific things that shock us to our core.
We are witnessing first hand the battle between dark and light. The battle taking place on Earth is a result of the Shift in consciousness. As greater amounts of light flood our planet, the darkness is being exposed, making it more readily seen.
What do we do when we see a war happen? How do we help those who are going through such great sorrow? How can we help others when we feel our own ability for compassion has been disabled? That’s what we’d like to talk about in this brief message, so that you know compassionate action is needed now more than ever.
In this video (Kryon - Disabling the Darkness), we share how we can disable the darkness and hear from Kryon about how we can create greater states of global peace.
In short, the way we do this is by "tempering our empathy." The darkness wants us to be in fear and remain in that lower state of being. (This is how it survives.)
And so, we’re asked to walk in compassionate action; where you can feel, sense, or visualize the painful events that are occurring and those who are experiencing them, and create a new vision of them in a state of joy and inner peace. See them laughing; see the God that lives within them. As you do so, you actively send out ripples of love, thereby neutralizing and transmuting the darkness.
Now, if you are one who is reading this and are going through trauma and suffering, know that you are not alone and that all around the world people are sending you love and benevolence. There is so much compassion for all of you, who came to Earth knowing that you would be here in a time where humanity was evolving in consciousness.
You are so dearly loved by Spirit.
In times like these, it’s more important than ever that we all remain aware of the God inside. By keeping our focus on better days ahead and the peaceful future that awaits us, we are actively creating it. For all beings.
Know that you are here on purpose. Together, we disable the darkness and activate the light.
To the vision of peace and benevolence for all,
~Lee & Monika
As Human Beings, you may be forced to redefine what “life” is.
We’ve spoken of interdimensional life in the past. Now here’s your opportunity to discover it.
There is life in ordinary water. Not the kind of water that you’re going to create with intent or alter magnetically – I’m talking about water that’s normal on the planet, which bubbles out of the ground.
Interdimensional life is everywhere. This is the force that receives the intent that changes the water as it’s ingested, and works with your DNA.
Did you ever wonder what it is in water that can do so much? Do you think it’s within the simple few molecules of water? It’s more than that, dear Human Beings. There has to be another force on the planet in order to cooperate with you and the field that you put out.
Interdimensional life is the answer.
Through Lee Carroll, the Original Kryon Channel (via email@example.com)
From Kryon Book X – A New Dispensation – Page 89
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Mercury and Mars are converging for a conjunction in the constellation Libra. The action is happening too close to the sun to see with the human eye, but coronagraphs on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) are getting a great view of the action:
At closest approach on Oct. 29th, the two planets will be only 20 arcminutes apart--a remarkable pair. If this were happening in a dark night sky, it would be headline news.
In a few months, it will be headline news. Mars and Mercury will loop around the sun for another even closer conjunction on January 27, 2024. During the event, the planets will be only 12 arcminutes apart--almost as close as Jupiter and Saturn were during the Great Conjunction of 2020. Both planets will be visible to the naked eye in the morning sky just before sunrise. Stay tuned.
Sky watchers across the Americas witnessed a rare annular solar eclipse on Oct. 14th. The moon glided dead center across the solar disk, turning our star into a beautiful "ring of fire". Photos are pouring in from the eclipse zone. Check out our realtime gallery for the latest. In Nevada's Valley of the Moon (yes, that's a real place), Dr. Tony Phillips video-recorded the ring of fire through a bank of filter-perfect clouds:
At the same time, two Earth to Sky Calculus helium balloons were en route to the stratophere on a mission to photograph the Moon's shadow from above. We might not know the results for a few days while the payloads are being recovered from remote wilderness areas. Stay tuned!
THE SUN'S MAGNETIC POLES ARE DISAPPEARING: The sun is about to lose something important: Its magnetic poles.
Recent measurements by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory reveal a rapid weakening of magnetic fields in the polar regions of the sun. North and south magnetic poles are on the verge of disappearing. This will lead to a complete reversal of the sun's global magnetic field perhaps before the end of the year.
An artist's concept of the sun's dipolar magnetic field. Credit: NSF/AURA/NSO.
If this was happening on Earth there would be widespread alarm. Past reversals of our planet's magnetic field have been linked to calamities ranging from sudden climate change to the extinction of the Neanderthals. On the sun, it's not so bad.
"In fact, it's routine", says Todd Hoeksema, a solar physicist at Stanford University. "This happens every 11 years (more or less) when we're on the verge of Solar Maximum."
Vanishing poles and magnetic reversals have been observed around Solar Max in every single solar cycle since astronomers learned to measure magnetic fields on the sun. Hoeksema is the director of Stanford's Wilcox Solar Observatory (WSO), that is observing its fifth reversal since 1980.
The last five polar field reversals observed at the Wilcox Solar Observatory (inset)
"One thing we have learned from these decades of data is that no two polar field reversals are alike," he says.
Sometimes the transition is swift, taking only a few months for the poles to vanish and reappear on opposite ends of the sun. Sometimes it takes years, leaving the sun without magnetic poles for an extended period of time.
"Even more strange," says Hoeksema, "sometimes one pole switches before the other, leaving both poles with the same polarity for a while."
Indeed, such a scenario could be playing out now. The sun's south magnetic pole has almost completely vanished, but the north magnetic pole is still hanging on, albeit barely.
How does all this affect us on Earth? One way we feel solar field reversals is via the heliospheric current sheet:
An artist's concept of the heliospheric current sheet.
The sun is surrounded by a wavy ring of electricity that the solar wind pulls and stretches all the way out to the edge of the Solar System. This structure is a part of the sun's magnetosphere. During field reversals, the current sheet becomes extra wavy and highly tilted. As the sun spins, we dip in and out of the steepening undulations. Passages from one side to another can cause geomagnetic storms and auroras.
Most of all, the vanishing of the poles means we're on the verge of Solar Maximum. Solar Cycle 25 is shaping up to be stronger than forecasters expected, and its peak could be relatively intense. Stay tuned for updates!
For the second month in a row, sunspot counts in the sun's northern hemisphere are more than double the south. The asymetry is obvious in this summary of September's sunspots compiled by astronomer Senol Sanli using data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:
According to the Royal Observatory of Belgium's Solar Influences Data Analysis Center, in September the monthly sunspot number for the sun's northern hemisphere was 90, the southern hemisphere was only 44; that's a ratio of 2-to-1 in favor of the north. August was about the same. Looking back over an entire year, the north is leading the south by an average of 50%.
What's going on? In fact, it's not unusual for the sun's northern and southern hemispheres to be out of synch. As long ago as the 19th century, solar cycle pioneers Spoerer (1889) and Maunder (1890) noted that there were often long periods of time when most sunspots were found preferentially in one hemisphere and not the other. This plot from the Royal Observatory of Belgium shows assymetries throughout the last 6 solar cycles:
Until recently, Solar Cycle 25 was pretty evenly matched, north vs. south. Sunspot counts from August and September, however, suggest that the northern hemisphere may be seizing control--at least temporarily. This has happened during the upslope of all four previous solar cycles (21-24).
One possible explanation for this phenomenon may be that the two hemispheres of the sun have their own solar cycles, one out of phase with the other by about a year. Indeed, Solar Max is often double peaked. You can see it in the hemispheric sunspot plot. In the three most recent cycles (22-24), north peaked before south, creating two surges of solar activity separated by a "Gnevyshev gap." Solar Cycle 25 might continue this trend.
A complete discussion of sunspot asymmetries is included in David Hathaway's excellent review article "The Solar Cycle."
When Vincent van Gogh painted "The Starry Night" in 1889, little did he know he was working at the forefront of 21st century astrophysics. A paper recently published in Nature Communications reveals that the same kind of waves pictured in the famous painting can cause geomagnetic storms on Earth.
Above: Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night', which he painted in 1889
Physicists call them "Kelvin Helmholtz waves". They ripple into existence when streams of gas flow past each other at different velocities. Van Gogh saw them in high clouds outside the window of his asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. They also form in space where the solar wind flows around Earth's magnetic field.
"We have found Kelvin-Helmholtz waves rippling down the flanks of Earth's magnetosphere", says Shiva Kavosi of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, lead author of the Nature paper. "NASA spacecraft are surfing the waves, and directly measuring their properties".
This was first suspected in the 1950s by theoreticians who made mathematical models of solar wind hitting Earth's magnetic field. However, until recently it was just an idea; there was no proof the waves existed. When Kavosi's team looked at data collected by NASA's THEMIS and MMS spacecraft since 2007, they saw clear evidence of Kelvin Helmholtz instabilities.
"The waves are huge" says Kavosi. "They are 2 to 6 Earth radii in wavelength and as much as 4 Earth radii in amplitude."
This computer model shows van Gogh waves moving down the flank of Earth's magnetosphere.
Credit: Shiva Kasovi. [full-sized animation]
Imagine a wave taller than Earth curling over and breaking. That's exactly what happens. Kelvin-Helmholtz waves naturally break onto Earth's magnetic field, propelling energetic particles deep into the magnetosphere. This revs up Earth's radiation belts, triggering geomagnetic storms and auroras.
A key finding of Kavosi's paper is that the waves prefer equinoxes. They appear 3 times more frequently around the start of spring and fall than summer and winter. Researchers have long known that geomagnetic activity is highest around equinoxes. Kelvin-Helmholtz wave activity could be one reason why.
Our planet's seasonal dependence of geomagnetic activity has always been a bit of a puzzle. After all, the sun doesn't know when it's autumn on Earth. One idea holds that, around the time of the equinoxes, Earth's magnetic field links to the sun's because of the tilt of Earth's magnetic poles. This is called the Russell-McPherron effect after the researchers who first described it in 1973. Kavosi's research shows that Kelvin-Helmholtz waves might be important, too.
Northern autumn has just begun, which means Kelvin Helmholtz waves are rippling around our planet, stirring up "Starry Night" auroras. Happy autumn!
This week, a quirky mixture of science, hyperbole and folklore will cause millions of people to go outside and stare at the sky. We're talking about the Super Blue Moon. This is what it will look like:
Above: A "supermoon" over Cape Cod on Oct. 15, 2016. Credit: Chris Cook.
The Super Blue Moon on Wednesday evening, Aug. 30th, will look a lot like an ordinary full Moon. However, there are three things that make it special.
First, the science: This week's full Moon is the biggest and brightest of 2023. Astronomers call it a "perigee moon." The Moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit are extra big and bright. This week's Moon will become full within 9 hours of perigee, making it the closest full Moon of the year (357,181 km away).
Next, the hyperbole: About 10 years ago, many science journalists and even some astronomers started calling perigee Moons "supermoons." A supermoon is 8% bigger and 15% brighter than an average full Moon. Would you call Clark Kent "super" if he were only 8% faster and 15% stronger than an average human? No, but let's roll with it! People love super things.
Finally, the folklore: You've probably heard the expression "Once in a blue Moon." It means "rare." Modern folklore provides a more precise definition. When there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." Such blue moons come along every 2 to 3 years. August already had one full Moon on Aug. 2nd; now it is about to have another (blue) one on Aug. 30th.
By the way, the Moon won't literally turn blue. Most blue Moons are pale gray when they are high in the sky, or orange when they are rising and setting. If you actually see blue, it could mean that a volcano is erupting or a wildfire is nearby. Run!
In summary, this week's Super Blue Moon will be about 15% bigger and more gorgeous than an average moon. Go out after sunset on Aug. 30th, look east, and watch it rise into the darkening summer sky.
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