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Posted: 8/30/2015 12:34:00 PM EST
They put a small dot representing Earth size in comparison.



I ordered a cheap sun observer projector thing to look at sun spots and stuff.

http://www.solarscope.com
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 12:38:54 PM EST
UY Scuti laughs at your puny sun.

Seriously though, that video is amazing. Thanks for the post.
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Yep, SOHO has found 3000 comets or so, most crash into the Sun never to be seen again.
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SOHO was almost lost in 1998, but the geeks with pocket protectors saved the day

Near loss of SOHO, SOHO is still operational 20 years after initial launch and a 2 year mission.

The SOHO Mission Interruption sequence of events began on June 24, 1998, while the SOHO Team was conducting a series of spacecraft gyroscope calibrations and maneuvers. Operations proceeded until 23:16 UTC when SOHO lost lock on the Sun, and entered an emergency attitude control mode called Emergency Sun Reacquisition (ESR). The SOHO Team attempted to recover the observatory, but SOHO entered the emergency mode again on June 25 02:35 UTC. Recovery efforts continued, but SOHO entered the emergency mode for the last time at 04:38 UTC. All contact with SOHO was lost, and the mission interruption had begun. SOHO was spinning, losing electrical power, and no longer pointing at the Sun.

Expert ESA personnel were immediately dispatched from Europe to the United States to direct operations. Days passed without contact from SOHO. On July 23, the Arecibo Observatory and DSN antennas were used to locate SOHO with radar, and to determine its location and attitude. SOHO was close to its predicted position, oriented with its side versus the usual front Optical Surface Reflector panel pointing toward the Sun, and was rotating at one RPM. Once SOHO was located, plans for contacting SOHO were formed. On August 3 a carrier was detected from SOHO, the first signal since June 25. After days of charging the battery, a successful attempt was made to modulate the carrier and downlink telemetry on August 8. After instrument temperatures were downlinked on August 9, data analysis was performed, and planning for the SOHO recovery began in earnest.

The SOHO Recovery Team began by allocating the limited electrical power. After this, SOHO's anomalous orientation in space was determined. Thawing the frozen hydrazine fuel tank using SOHO's thermal control heaters began on August 12. Thawing pipes and the thrusters was next, and SOHO was re-oriented towards the Sun on September 16. After nearly a week of spacecraft bus recovery activities and an orbital correction maneuver, the SOHO spacecraft (bus) returned to normal mode on September 25 at 19:52 UTC. Recovery of the instruments began on October 5 with SUMER, and ended on October 24, 1998 with CELIAS.

Only one gyro remained operational after this recovery, and on December 21 that gyro failed. Attitude control was accomplished with manual thruster firings that consumed 7 kg of fuel weekly, while the ESA developed a new gyroless operations mode that was successfully implemented on February 1, 1999.
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I really think we get more bang for the buck with stuff like this.

Sending man into orbit is expensive to keep them alive.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 12:53:57 PM EST
Psalm 97:6

The heavens declare His righteousness
And all the peoples have seen His glory.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 12:58:14 PM EST
And our star the Sun is one of billions in the Milky Way galaxy, and the Milky Way is one of billions of galaxies, boggles the mind.
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And our star the Sun is one of billions in the Milky Way galaxy, and the Milky Way is one of billions of galaxies, boggles the mind.
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More stars than all the grains of sand on the earth's beaches. And that's just what we can see.
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I once took a pair of binoculars and stared at the sun for over an hour.



Link Posted: 8/30/2015 1:01:35 PM EST
So what was happening in that video?

That's fucking amazing if accurate. The distances covered by fireballs bigger than our planet. Shits crazy.
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So what was happening in that video?

That's fucking amazing if accurate. The distances covered by fireballs bigger than our planet. Shits crazy.
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The sun is huge compared to our puny planet.

and our Sun is an average sized star, there are stars that make the Sun look like a midget.
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The sun is huge compared to our puny planet.

and our Sun is an average sized star, there are stars that make the Sun look like a midget.
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Originally Posted By jmt1271:
So what was happening in that video?

That's fucking amazing if accurate. The distances covered by fireballs bigger than our planet. Shits crazy.



The sun is huge compared to our puny planet.

and our Sun is an average sized star, there are stars that make the Sun look like a midget.
Yup. On a cosmic scale we are nothing.


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Psalm 97:6

The heavens declare His righteousness
And all the peoples have seen His glory.
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Link Posted: 8/30/2015 1:09:54 PM EST
Damn straight.

The Sun gave me Melanoma.

No more Sun for me.....

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Originally Posted By TescoVee:
Yup. On a cosmic scale we are nothing.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Pale_Blue_Dot.png

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Originally Posted By TescoVee:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Originally Posted By jmt1271:
So what was happening in that video?

That's fucking amazing if accurate. The distances covered by fireballs bigger than our planet. Shits crazy.



The sun is huge compared to our puny planet.

and our Sun is an average sized star, there are stars that make the Sun look like a midget.
Yup. On a cosmic scale we are nothing.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Pale_Blue_Dot.png



What are we looking at there?
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What are we looking at there?
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Originally Posted By TescoVee:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Originally Posted By jmt1271:
So what was happening in that video?

That's fucking amazing if accurate. The distances covered by fireballs bigger than our planet. Shits crazy.



The sun is huge compared to our puny planet.

and our Sun is an average sized star, there are stars that make the Sun look like a midget.
Yup. On a cosmic scale we are nothing.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Pale_Blue_Dot.png



What are we looking at there?

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Yep, folks thinking they are important and a big shot have no idea how small they really are, lol
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Psalm 97:6

The heavens declare His righteousness
And all the peoples have seen His glory.
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Link Posted: 8/30/2015 1:39:37 PM EST
So was the video time lapse our normal speed. Because if it was normal speed, those flares collapsing multiple times further than the width of the earth in a few seconds would be amazing.
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So was the video time lapse our normal speed. Because if it was normal speed, those flares collapsing multiple times further than the width of the earth in a few seconds would be amazing.
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Time lapse I am sure
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 2:03:07 PM EST
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Yep, folks thinking they are important and a big shot have no idea how small they really are, lol
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Yep, folks thinking they are important and a big shot have no idea how small they really are, lol



It's all relative.
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Time lapse I am sure
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Originally Posted By GrimEReaper:
So was the video time lapse our normal speed. Because if it was normal speed, those flares collapsing multiple times further than the width of the earth in a few seconds would be amazing.


Time lapse I am sure



From the youtube:

The footage in this video was collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument. SDO collected one frame every 12 seconds, and the movie plays at 30 frames per second, so each second in this video corresponds to 6 minutes of real time. The video covers 12:30 a.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2012.

Link Posted: 8/30/2015 2:08:36 PM EST
It's interesting to think of what it is and how it came to,be.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 2:10:08 PM EST
Ra is relentless
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I don't think you looked at the picture before posting lol
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Originally Posted By OHrazorback:

I don't think you looked at the picture before posting lol
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I don't think you looked at the picture before posting lol
Yes I did.
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