Solar Shock Wave Jan 29, 2002
by Guy Cramer

As most markets fell unexpectedly and closed over -2.5%, I knew something was up. Another Solar Shock wave but this time with a twist. One would expect the shock wave to occur on Monday Jan 28, 2002 as in the two prior events of Dec 18, 1995 and Jan 24, 2000 where the shock wave hit right when the planet appeared from behind the horizon such as the Jan 28, 2002 event located to the left, (you can refer to our two previous events here Graph of current Solar Cycle

A paper from USC I have included later confirms these shock waves.

However, the sun is variable and changing. A solar cycle exists that lasts approximately 11 years.

When near maximum, as we are now in, the sun spots increase the solar  intensity and expands the corona (sun's atmosphere)

The picture to the left shows the difference between Solar Minimum (1996, 1997) and Solar Maximum would correlate with Years 2000-2002.

 In the picture to the right we have added the increased corona effect which shows why the shock wave hit one day later than the previous of 1995 and early 2000 events. (Note the corona is not uniform and is larger than we pictured it, size can depend on which wave length you look at). 

The Blue picture to the left gives a more accurate representation for the corona on Jan 29, 2002 using an eclipse-simulating telescope which places a covers the intense surface, so that the corona can be better observed. The dark line on the lower left is the support for the occulting disk.

As Neptune passed the horizon of the sun, streamers in the corona obscured the planet and the resulting shock wave on Jan 28th was delayed until the 29th when Neptune moved into a dissipated region with less interference from the streamers.

This shock wave should not affect the stock markets on Jan 30, 2002 as the distance between the Sun and Neptune would be to great, from Earth's line of sight perspective, for the shock wave to continue hitting the Earth.

Background information on the Solar Shock Wave:

Solar Shock Wave Event Jan. 24, 2000 The Neptune Event is expected to be the cause of the world markets dropping above and beyond of the forecasted Ion Ratio for Jan. 24th. The Dow Jones dropped 243.54 or over 2%. According to the Province Newspaper, Jan 25, 2000 p.A32 "The reasons for yesterday's abrupt declines weren't clear. Some analysts pointed to anxiety over interest rates; others sited lack of confidence in corporate profits."

In a paper I wrote July 11, 1996 the following information was given:

On December 18, 1995 the Sun was going to pass very close to the position of Jupiter. I knew that Jupiter radiates twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun and that this factor may show this antenna effect I was theorizing. The Dow Jones Industrial plunged -101.52 or -1.96% of the total market. All other world markets also plunged that day. The biggest drops in years. The market analysts called it a needed correction to the increasing market. Why do hundreds of thousands of people all decide one day to sell on a whim? The Stock charts called the drop a double head and shoulders (not matching the constant progress)...The Sun only passes most planets one time per year. Again the proximity of the planet location to the Suns orbit can show a difference in the effect from year to year.

On Oct 19, 1996 I ran across a scientific explanation for this Jupiter effect:

A planet passing on the other side of the Sun from the Earths perspective will cause changes in our bio systems. The answer to the cause may lay in the SOLAR SHOCK WAVE.

The following information comes from an article in the Geophysical Research Letters, Dec. 1990, by Craig T. Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Sun produces a continuous outpouring of electrically charged particles called the Solar Wind. As the Solar Wind Collides with the magnetic field of a planet, it creates a shock wave on the sunward side. This triggers the emission of radio waves that radiate back towards the sun. The widths of the arc shaped shock waves that spawn the radio signals from the planets vary widely depending on which planet the shock wave originated from, though the signals from all the planets are quite similar. This information comes from new analysis of spacecraft data more then 15 years old.

The size of the planet and the size of the electromagnetic field will determine the size of the shock wave produced. In the case of the Earth, the shock wave is about ten times the diameter of the planet. The shock wave from Mercury is 5 percent that of the Earth's, this is due to the weaker magnetic field of Mercury and the smaller size of the planet. Venus nearly the same diameter of the Earth, derives it's weak magnetic field from the collision of the solar wind with the upper atmosphere. The shock wave from Venus is only 10 percent as wide as the Earth's. (Only Mercury, Venus, and Earth are referred to in this report. We must assume that the outer planets with their much stronger electromagnetic fields and larger size spawn similar shock waves with possibly larger signals. g.c.)

Sunward - radiating radio waves spawned by these vastly different-sized shock waves share a number of common properties, the space physicists found. For instance all radiate at extremely low frequencies--about 1 to 3 cycles per second. They also leave the shock wave around each planet at approximately the same range of angles. And the amplitudes or strengths of the radio signals--which naturally decrease with distance--appear comparable when measured at about the same distance from their source.

The new analysis also appears to have answered a long-standing question about which type of solar wind particles trigger the radio waves: negatively charged electrons (negative ions) or positively charged particles such as protons (ionized hydrogen atoms).

Previous studies, including one by Russell himself, had suggested that the solar wind ions took a "left handed" spiral around the planetary magnetic field lines that captured them a sign that the ions were positively charged. But in the new report, Russell's team concluded that the spiraling only appeared left-handed owing to the spacecrafts' motion relative to the solar wind. By analyzing the spiral's direction with respect to the flowing solar wind, they have determined that it's actually right-handed, Russell says. This indicates the radio waves are really spawned by electrons (negatively charged ions), his team now reports.

The above information comes from: Geophysical Research Letters, Dec. 1990, by Craig T. Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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