Telltale Signs of a Cosmic Ray Shower?

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July 11th, 2014

I don't know if this is anything worth reporting, but I will report it anyway.  Today on two occasions while watching TV there was an interference flash of the picture and the audio gave off what sounded like a static discharge.  This seems very much like what would be caused by a cosmic ray passing through the TV electronics.  Digital TVs are supposed to be interference free except when an airplane passes between your antenna and the transmitting tower or except in the case where you have a weak signal.  Neither of these situations applied to this case. Also supplementary to this on several occasions during the past few days I have experienced a solitary blue flash of light.  I am guessing that our eyes and brains can act as very good cosmic ray detectors in that a penetrating cosmic ray would initiate a neural response.  I previously do not remember having such blue flash sensations.  So in combination with the TV signal experience I am wondering if occasional high energy cosmic rays may be arriving from the Galactic core in advance of a main superwave volley due to a possible superluminal propagation effect.  The recent finding that the G2 cloud a month ago had not yet reached pericenter now makes some sort of core explosion a more likely outcome. If any of you who follow these postings experience something similar that you regard as out of the ordinary, please comment.

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July 12th update

The overwhelming response received to the above July 11th posting from people reporting  something similar indicates that this blue flash experience may be real and more widespread than initially thought.  It is such a brief event and so sporadic that most normally would not pay much attention to it.  The report that Kurt Sarrica made in the comments section was interesting: that Apollo astronauts had reported this same white or blue flash experience when they were in space outside of the Earth's protective magnetic field shield  further strengthens this supposition.  (See the following wikipedia posting suggested by Kurt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_ray_visual_phenomena.)  So that puts us flash seers in league with some fairly reputable space venturers.  I have not noticed these before, unlike a few of the people who responded in the comments.  It is perhaps the frequency of the events that has called my attention to them.  Considering that the G2 cloud may be approaching pericenter in this month or next month (as well as the prediction of Father Avondios),  this all gives me some reason for concern.

Such flashes which we are now experiencing on Earth under protection of the geomagnetic field would suggest that we are being exposed to very high energy cosmic rays, ones of high "magnetic rigidity" capable of penetrating the Earth's field.  These would be the first to arrive in the advent of a core explosion because they are traveling so close to the speed of light.  In fact, it is possible they could surf a bit ahead of the light horizon, hence be superluminal.  I have mentioned before the experiments that Guy Obolensky and I performed some years ago which demonstrate that waves from shock discharges travel superluminally by piggy backing on the shock's outgoing ether wind.  In the future keep in mind the flash phenomenon.  If you experience many flashes occurring repeatedly, try to take cover to avoid overexposure to cosmic rays.  This built in cosmic ray detector may be useful for surviving a future superwave.

In the comments Charlie Knoll mentioned the following cosmic ray neutron record maintained by the EU NMDB program (Neutron Monitor Data Base): http://www.nmdb.eu/?q=node/335.  He mentioned that it showed two instances of multiple sites going down at about the same time.  I think only the second instance  is worth paying attention to.  It involved about 9 sites out of 33 located around the world all going off-line at the same time and an additional two sites already being off line somewhat before that; see summary chart below.

Neutron monitor readings at various stations around the world over the past 3 days.

Neutron monitor readings at various stations around the world over the past 3 days.

The detectors that went down are located in the vicinity of the north and south pole where geomagnetic screening is minimal.  They include:

  • SOPO (South Pole, Antarctica)
  • SOPB (South Pole Bare, Antarctica)
  • THUL (Thule, Greenland)
  • PW NK (Peawanuk, Canada)
  • NAIN (Nain, New Foundland)
  • MCMU (McMurdo, Antarctica)
  • INVK (Inuvik, Alaska)
  • FSMT (Fort Smith Canada)
  • NEW K (Newark, USA)

The detectors at NRLK (Norilsk, Siberia, Russia) and NANM (Nor-Amberd, Armenia) remained on but recorded large excursions in the midst of this period. A few of the detectors were not functioning prior to the event, like TXBY (Tixie Bay, Siberia), MWSN (Mawson, Russia), KGSN (Kingston, Russia), and IRKT (Irkutsk, Russia).

Each time tick mark along the bottom of the chart represents 1 hour in Greenwich Mean Time.  This multi-detector cut off (or down period) began about 19:20 GMT (equivalent to about 1:20 PM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time) or slightly after 12 noon MST.  Perhaps Charlie meant daylight savings mountain time.  I am currently near Athens Greece which is 3 hours later than GMT.  So this indicates that the detectors cut out about 10:20 PM my time.  In fact, that is about the time that I observed the TV signal interference.  I was watching a movie from 10 PM to 12 midnight and the interference came toward the beginning of the movie as I remember.  So this data confirms that the interference I saw on my TV coincided approximately with the knocking out of nine high latitude neutron monitors.

I observed two distinct signal glitches on my TV separated by about 10 to 15 minutes.  Could this be the time difference between a proton cosmic ray primary particle and an electron cosmic ray primary particle?  The electrons travel at a slightly higher velocity because they have 1/2000 th of the mass of a proton.  The NRLK and NANM events that occurred after midnight GMT were long after I had shut off my TV and gone to bed.  So cannot correlate these two events.

 

July 14th update:

The neutron detectors that had gone off line apparently were back on line some hours after their shut down.  Since that time I have not noticed any TV interference or blue flashes.

 

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