Our internet service provider Telstra Bigpond is having huge issues with outages across Australia. Yes I can get on through my phone but Wireless has been out all day and some people saying they haven't been able to get on for days. So some can some can't. Anyone know whats been going on with Solar Flares? Maybe that's the problem. Unfortunately it has been my experience in the past that our service providers don't always tell the truth! Cheers! Ivor.
SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT: Sunspot AR2257 erupted on Jan. 13th, producing an M5-class solar flare at 04:24 UT. A pulse of extreme UV radiation from he flare ionized Earth's upper atmosphere over Australia and the Indian Ocean. Mariners and ham radio operators may have noticed a brief communications blackout at frequencies below about 10 MHz. This map from NOAA shows the affected region:
We do not yet know if the flare also produced a coronal mass ejection (CME). If so, the plasma cloud will probably miss Earth because of the sunspot's off-center location on the solar disk.
More flares could be in the offing. AR2257 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that seems poised to explode again. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-flares on Jan. 13th. Solar flare alerts:
Thanks Feather! I can access some sites in Australia but have trouble with sites outside. A lot of not so happy customers in Australia at present, and the net still runs like a dog!
check .. www.spaceweather.com
Wow! still you wouldn't have thought that it would effect communications. ISP says the backup system didn't work either! Cheers!