UPDATE! 2 Marcheshvan 5775 - since this post appeared on Friday, Oct. 24th, there were two more X-class flares yesterday and another one today, all without a resulting CME.
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Aleph
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
30 Tishrei 5775
On Sunday, October 19th, Comet Siding-Spring passed very, very close to Planet Mars. When it did, there was reportedly an explosion in the Mars atmosphere and solar activity exploded as well...
Solar activity is high. Since the week began, giant sunspot AR2192 has produced 27 C-class solar flares, 9 M-class flares, and 2 X-flares.
Remarkably, not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth's upper atmosphere, causing a series of short-lived HF radio communications blackouts. Such blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.
Earth-effects could increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 95% chance of M-class flares and a 55% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. (Spaceweather.com)
In the years since I began keeping up with this website, I have never seen anything like this. Even NASA felt obliged to comment on it, as did CBS news and others.
If you are in North America, you probably witnessed the partial solar eclipse which occurred yesterday. The sun, representative of the nations, was partially eclipsed by the moon which represents Am Yisrael.
The Torah informs us that...
...God said, "Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens, to separate between the day and between the night, and they shall be for signs and for appointed seasons and for days and years. (B'reishit 1:14)
Moishela said: "...After Succos, Simchas Torah the world will become so so different, so horribly different that it will be absolutely unrecognizable."
We don't know what it is he foresees or exactly when this change is expected to take place, but this chain of events began immediately after Simchat Torah and Shabbat B'reishit. And it appears to be developing right before our eyes, except few are paying attention. G-d alone knows how it is going to end, but some speculate...
Solar Storm 14 Times Larger Than Earth Could Unleash A Society-Crippling Electromagnetic Pulse
Did you know that a storm 14 times larger than the Earth is happening on the sun right now? Earlier this week, it unleashed a flare which was a million times more powerful than all of the nuclear weapons in existence combined.
Fortunately, that flare was not directed at us. But now the area of the sun where this solar storm is located is rotating toward Earth. An eruption on the sun at just the right time and at just the right angle could result in a society-crippling electromagnetic pulse blasting this planet.
You can read the rest here.
...Scientists tell us that the absolutely massive sunspot group that has recently formed on the sun is highly unusual. NASA has described it as “crackling” with magnetic energy. The mainstream media has not been paying too much attention to it, but this sunspot group is potentially extremely dangerous.
While we read in this week's Parshat Noah how G-d destroyed the previous world with water, keep in mind that we are told this one will end with fire.
Chodesh tov and Shabbat shalom!