Here are the webpages describing this new finding. Note that most of these have been copied from the original host sites in order to preserve them; some of the incidental image links may not have been preserved. As a result, some of the advertisements will appear as "broken image" symbols and some of the links to other pages have been disabled.
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Here is the content of the NASA Press Release, regarding the paper by Canfield, Hudson, and McKenzie
Donald Savage Headquarters, Washington, DC March 4, 1999 (Phone: 202/358-1547) Bill Steigerwald Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (Phone: 301/286-5017) Annette Trinity Stevens Montana State University, Bozeman (Phone: 406/994-5607) NOTE TO EDITORS: 99-13 SCIENTISTS TO ANNOUNCE POTENTIAL TOOL FOR FORECASTING ENORMOUS SOLAR ERUPTIONS AT MARCH 9 SPACE SCIENCE UPDATE Scientists will announce on Tuesday, March 9, 1999, their discovery of a possible way to forecast several days in advance the largest and most violent explosions on the Sun's outer atmosphere. The explosions, called coronal mass ejections, are as powerful as billions of nuclear explosions and can affect radio communications, electrical power systems and satellites orbiting Earth. The announcement will be made at the next Space Science Update, scheduled for 1 p.m. EST at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. The scientists will discuss how they made the discovery using images from the Japanese/U.S. Yohkoh satellite, what we know about such explosions, and how this new tool will be used in forecasting solar activity and its effects on Earth. Panelists will be: * Dr. Richard Canfield, Research Professor, Physics Department, Montana State University, Bozeman * Dr. Sarah Gibson, postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge, England * Dr. David M. Rust, Senior Physicist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD * Dr. Alphonse Sterling, solar physicist, Computational Physics Inc, Fairfax, VA, where he acts as a contractor to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Yohkoh science team * Dr. George Withbroe, Science Director for the Sun-Earth Connections science theme, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, panel moderator. The program will originate from NASA Headquarters Auditorium, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC, and will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event from participating NASA centers. NASA Television is broadcast on the GE2 satellite located on Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 Mhz, audio 6.8 MHz. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice circuit at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on 407/867- 1220/1230/1240. - end -
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