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Giant Solar “Tornadoes” (They Aren’t Actually Tornadoes)

The sun can be a very scary place to be (if it was possible to begin with), with temperatures in the upwards of 5,778 K (9,941 F) and tornadoes that are even bigger than those on Earth. However, scientists have found that those solar tornadoes are not similar to tornadoes on Earth.

Using the Doppler effect to add a 3-D dimension to their data, they were able to measure the speed of the moving plasma of the tornado along with the direction, temperature, and density. Now, after many years of studies, they have come to the conclusion that solar tornadoes don’t rotate.

In a presentation in Liverpool, England, Nicolas Labrosse, the lead scientist, explained that despite the similarities between tornadoes and solar prominences in pictures, the magnetic field is not vertical and the plasma mostly moves horizontally along magnetic fields.

Another scientist involved in the research, Brigitte Schmieder, noted that we shouldn’t be too worried about these tornadoes. However, when we start to see too many of them, that’s when we should start to worry, since space weather can potentially damage power grids, satellites, and communication networks.

Solar tornadoes can last up to a day and ones that are stable may last for several months. Their lengths can also loop hundreds of thousands of miles into space.

We think we know everything about our sun but this research about solar tornadoes shows that we as humans still don’t know all the answers.

Rising Song

If I told you once
I loved you–
I don’t think I foresaw
A life held back
Against a cold hard wall.
You suffocated me
With sparkling chains of words
I tried in vain to embrace.
I was grasping at an empty vessel
Of half-meant hopes and dreams,
And ‘almost like a dream’ meant
Nothing
If I could not catch my breath
From running aimlessly to escape.

A young woman’s escape–
I leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind
As I run out of the monster’s howling lair.
You carried me away
From the truth of a thousand lies
And wounded me with blows.
The skin is thick on the scars
You dug into the mental flesh
Of my blood-stained heart.
The places you struck me
Will heal with the falling snow.

Ring off finger
And flung away.
My finger can bend again–
I was numbed to the bone
From hypothermic waste.
Screeching,
I flung open the bars
Of the prison in which
You held me.

Your heart’s key–
I never meant to unlock
That door.
I threw the key away
Somewhere in the garden,
As drifts of white
Danced in the solemn breeze.

You denied me life
And pushed me inch by inch
Into a living grave.
I was a foot deep in mud
Before I hitched myself up
And braced my feet against the wall.
I won’t say it was easy–
The grips at the bottom
Were hard to cling to
And you were there holding me down.
I made it anyway
And overcame.
Your smug face shuddered
And collapsed into itself
Before the smoke cleared.

That smile was a dream
I attempted foolishly to keep.
As the flames of your fire
Scorched the meat
You had me cook for you,
The bonds of female servility
Were already crumbling
At our feet.

running in woods
“I was numbed to the bone From hypothermic waste.” Photo from: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

As you held me down sweating
Against tear-streaked sheets,
I watched the window open
A crack to let the wind in.
As you pulled away and stood
At the door beckoning me to follow
Down the hall of portraits
Of faces smiling in false confidence,
I leaped at the chance
To fly out the window
And baptize myself in
Melting banks of snow.

You can swing at me again–
Your broken dagger was
Never too sharp anyway.
I won’t be hurt again
By untended wounds.

When spring comes,
I will run barefoot
Through the woods
With the sun beating down
And the wind following
My movements
There
And never back again.

I Am Here

Do not be afraid my love,

Just close your eyes and drift away.

I’ll see you in my dreams tonight,

With loving eyes and whispered fright.

 

Please do not run,

From your fears and sorrows.

Don’t think of all the bad tomorrows.

I’ll help you quiet the chaos of your mind,

And guide you through when you are blind.

 

You will learn, one day my dear,

That you’re never alone, for I am here.

In every breath and every wind,

Through sun and trees and back again.

 

I’ll never leave you, you must know.

If sadness or madness ever grow.

I’m by your side,

Through thick and thin.

I will love you,

‘Til the very end.

hugs
“I’ll help you quiet the chaos of your mind, And guide you through when you are blind.”

 

 

 

Daily sun protection: Options and tips

As the temperatures rise and the hems of our sleeves gradually recede, we will witness more students sunbathing on the Heth lawn. Girls will sport their new itty bitty bikinis while shirtless boys pass a football under the radiating sun. After a long hibernation under the heavy layers of fabric, more and more skin will eagerly break free, searching for the warm rays of the sun.

Spring can be an exciting time of the year. As more skin is exposed to ultraviolet light, sun protectants become more important. Bombarded by the media, people are generally aware that excessive exposures to ultraviolet rays are dangerous, and that tanning practices have harmful effects on the skin. Unfortunately, people are uninformed about the importance of daily sun protection. I don’t think enough people wear sun protectants regularly, or don’t reapply protection after a span of time (as directed on most such products). Continue reading Daily sun protection: Options and tips

Radford’s bipolar weather

Here at Radford University we want to see blue skies and yet, most of what we have seen lately is gray, cloudy, cold winter-like days.

Do you ever get unmotivated to go to class and just want to sleep all day? I feel that sentiment. Lately I’ve seen winter and spring weather that just boggles me. Almost two weeks ago, we had a beautiful Saturday, nice enough to go fishing, and then the following day involved sledding. What’s the deal with that? The weather just can’t seem to make up its mind and April 4 was a perfect example. It’s April now, so doesn’t that mean “April showers bring the May flowers”? I thought they meant rain showers, not snow showers. Continue reading Radford’s bipolar weather

What you should know about tanning

As the seemingly interminable winter comes to a close at Radford University, university grounds become speckled with sunbathers. Everyone is anxious to recharge from Mother Nature’s giant battery in the sky, and many students seem determined to start on that sexy tan or get burned trying.

So what actually happens on a biological level when you start to tan? It’s all about melanocytes, skin cells that produce melanin when exposed to ultraviolet light. Melanin is a pigment that absorbs UV radiation and thereby protects your skin. So far, so good — everyone has heard of melanin. What you might not know, though, is that your body produces two kinds of melanin. Continue reading What you should know about tanning

Solar storms what you need to know

On March 8 the little blue and green marble known as the Earth was showered in excess solar radiation. The sun has been in a phase of higher than normal activity for the past two months.

Early in the morning on March 8, the Earth was hit with the second strongest solar flare since 2005. The solar flare was launched from the sun at 1,400 miles per second. This jet of highly energized particles was expected to hit the Earth’s magnetic field around 1 a.m. Continue reading Solar storms what you need to know