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Last Post 10/18/2012 3:01 PM by  Yan Li
CME/Solar Storms
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10/14/2012 9:28 PM
    How can the speed of a solar CME be predicted?
    Tags: CME, coronal mass ejections, STEREO, speed, active region, solar wind

    Terry Kucera

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    10/15/2012 5:29 AM

    At this point we can't predict the speed of a CME before it happens. If we see an especially large, complex active region on the Sun we might think it would be more likely to produce a powerful, high-speed CME, but that is not very certain and not a very specific sort of prediction.

    Once a CME has started we can measure its speed closer to the Sun by looking at the location of the CME (see http://www-istp.gsfc.nasa...oster/measure.html), and then try to predict how long it will take to get to the Earth. To do that it is helpful to have telescopes looking at the Sun from a few different points of view (e.g., STEREO - and to use models of how CME's interact with the rest of the solar wind. We have gotten better at that sort of prediction.

    Cheers, Terry

    Kris Sigsbee

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    10/15/2012 8:48 AM


    You can also determine the speed of CMEs under certain circumstances using images from a single spacecraft. The web site below has links to some activities you can do with your parents or teacher to see how this works:

    Scroll down the page to and look for "The Sun's Influence on Earth" and look for the Activities called


    Yan Li

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    10/18/2012 3:01 PM
    Hi, You asked the most important question in Space Weather research! I am not writing more answers, because the two answers you got are excellent! Yan
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