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August 14, 2011

Not the skateboard trick

srikanth @ 11:53 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1313366008 ) Play

What ‘event’ was sketched here ?

This is one of the outcomes of said event:
Boston operator (to Portland operator): “Please cut off your battery [power source] entirely for fifteen minutes.”
Portland operator: “Will do so. It is now disconnected.”
Boston: “Mine is disconnected, and we are working with the auroral current. How do you receive my writing?”
Portland: “Better than with our batteries on. – Current comes and goes gradually.”
Boston: “My current is very strong at times, and we can work better without the batteries, as the aurora seems to neutralize and augment our batteries alternately, making current too strong at times for our relay magnets. Suppose we work without batteries while we are affected by this trouble.”
Portland: “Very well. Shall I go ahead with business?”
Boston: “Yes. Go ahead.””

PS: Please try not Googling the text. That just makes things boring.

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Answer:
The strongest ever solar flare – first observed by British amateur astronomer Richard Carrington – occurred in 1859. The Aurora Borealis caused by the flare was strong enough to be visible till the equator, and in fact induced enough current to let telegraph services operate without batteries!


35 Responses to “Not the skateboard trick”

  1. Abhijit Gupta

    the occurence of auroras


  2. Rogi
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    The Carrington Event


  3. username
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    Solar Storm of 1859
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859


  4. amarendra

    a super solar flare.
    somewhere in mid 19th cent.


  5. Sumanth Patlolla
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    On 1 September 1859, Richard Christophe Carrington and Richard Hodgson, another English amateur astronomer, independently made the first observations of a solar flare.

    The picture depicts the Sunspots as sketched by Carrington


  6. Chaitanya

    This basically happened due to current induced by Auroras. Maybe that word should’ve been blanked out.


  7. KK
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    Aurora / Solar flares


  8. Madhu

    Philadelphia Experiment


  9. The solar flare or sun spot of 1859
    they ran on electrified air


  10. kapinjal chowdhury

    carrington’s sunspots.


  11. Sunspots of September 1, 1859 during the Solar Storm of 1859 or the Carrington Super Flare, as sketched by Richard Carrington.


  12. shrik
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    Sunspots showing the great auroral storm of 1859, as sketched by Richard Carrington.


  13. jowens
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    It’s a 19th century solar flare.


  14. A super flare. The carrington event of 1859 to be specific.


  15. Swarun

    Carrington Aurora Event


  16. badideabear
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    Sketch by Richard Carrington showing “Sunspots of 1 September 1859”
    He observed a solar flare, but not just any ordinary solar flare – a white light flare, or a super solar flare.


  17. Saurabh

    Aurora Borealis


  18. Shwetha Maiya
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    Aurora – Telegraph lines of appropriate length produce a current from the electromagnetic field which allowed continued communication with the telegraph operators’ power supplies switched off- year 1859


  19. Shwetha Maiya
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    And the sketch shows sun spots sketched by Richard Carrington


  20. Bharath
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    The auroras which occurred as a result of the “great geomagnetic storm” on both August 28, 1859 and September 2, 1859


  21. Ananth
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    Solar storm of 1859. Richard Carrington sun spot


  22. Sunspots of 1 September 1859 as sketched by Richard Carrington


  23. The solar storm of 1859


  24. anurag

    Auroras which occurred in 1859 as a result of the “great geomagnetic storm” disrupting most telegraph lines. Some telegraph lines like the one between Boston and Portland (mentioned in the conversation) were of the appropriate length/orientation to have current induced in them which could sustain the conversation without external power.


  25. rickde
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    two telegraph operators switching off their batteries.. and still operating for two hours on electrified air.. thanks to solar flare


  26. Rahulk
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    Solar storm of 1859


  27. Dibyo
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    some geomagnetic storm due to aurora


  28. Bipin Banavalikar
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    Solar flare in 1859 by Richard Carrington


  29. 1859 Aurora current


  30. mankuTimma
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    Solar storm of 1859.


  31. Manish Achuth
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    Solar Superstorm 1859 which resulted in an Aurora.


  32. Raghuvansh
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    An auroral storm back in the 1800s, when telegraph wires were operated entirely without battery backup – using only the currents generated in the wires by auroral magnetic activity.


  33. s m muneer ali
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    richard carrington sunspot.


  34. The Aurora Borealis


  35. Urthstripe

    a solar flare


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