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M5.2 solar flare, Active geomagnetic conditions

Monday, 7 November 2022 16:35 UTC

M5.2 solar flare, Active geomagnetic conditions

Quite the surprise today! Sunspot region 3141 unexpectedly produced an M5.2 solar flare (R2-moderate radio blackout) that peaked at 00:11 UTC. The solar flare was however impulsive which means it was very short in duration. The resulting coronal mass ejection is very minor and not aimed at Earth.

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Active geomagnetic conditions, Coronal hole faces Earth

Friday, 28 October 2022 17:36 UTC

Active geomagnetic conditions, Coronal hole faces Earth

We are currently seeing enhanced auroral conditions here on Earth. Hard to say what is causing it but the north-south direction of the interplanetary magnetic field has turned southwards which fuels auroral activity. Active conditions (Kp4) have been observed already and minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions are not impossible. High latitude sky watchers should be alert of possible aurora in the hours ahead.

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X1.0 solar flare

Monday, 3 October 2022 17:26 UTC

X1.0 solar flare

Flares, flares and even more flares! That's the topic of the day! Sunspot regions 3110 and 3112 continue to produce numerous C and M-class solar flares together but an X1.0 solar flare that peaked at 20:25 UTC yesterday from sunspot region 3110 is for sure the highlight of the past 24 hours. 

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Two strong M-class solar flares

Sunday, 2 October 2022 16:13 UTC

Two strong M-class solar flares

We are not seeing much yet of the anticipated geomagnetic storming conditions but our Sun is really doing its best to distract us from that fact. Solar activity is elevated with two sunspot regions stepping into the spotlight. Sunspot region 3110 and 3112 are producing multiple M-class solar flares every day. Two of these solar flares which took place during the past 24 hours peaked above the M5 (R2-moderate) threshold.

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Coronal hole faces Earth, M-class solar flares

Friday, 30 September 2022 18:39 UTC

Coronal hole faces Earth, M-class solar flares

A transequatorial coronal hole is currently facing our planet. The coronal hole stretches from the solar equator up on to the sun's northern hemisphere. The perfect position for a nice solar wind stream impact here at Earth! 

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Two strong M-class solar flares

Friday, 16 September 2022 16:19 UTC

Two strong M-class solar flares

Signs of life from everybody's favorite star: our very own Sun. It produced two strong (R2-moderate) M-class solar flares today!

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Coronal hole faces Earth

Friday, 2 September 2022 09:16 UTC

Coronal hole faces Earth

A transequatorial coronal hole is currently facing our planet. The coronal hole stretches all the way across the solar equator and is sending a stream of high speed solar wind towards our planet.

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Sunspot region 3088 departs, is 3089 about to take over?

Monday, 29 August 2022 15:36 UTC

Sunspot region 3088 departs, is 3089 about to take over?

Sunspot region 3088 keeps firing away as it has now has rotated behind the west limb. An M8.6 solar flare at 11:07 UTC today has been its strongest solar flare thus far but the flare was of short duration and does not look eruptive. None of the coronal mass ejections launched today or yesterday by this region is directed at our planet due to the region's location. Good bye 3088, we hope you survive your trip around the far side of the Sun!

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S1 storm, CME arrival, M-flares

Saturday, 27 August 2022 17:22 UTC

S1 storm, CME arrival, M-flares

Solar activity is moderate due to numerous M-class solar flares from departing sunspot region 3088. This region is now close the west limb and any coronal mass ejections produced by this region are unlikely to affect Earth.

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M5.7 solar flare from sunspot region 3004

Wednesday, 4 May 2022 14:22 UTC

M5.7 solar flare from sunspot region 3004

Sunspot region 3004 has really developed over the past 24 hours into a very nice sunspot region with a complex Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic layout.

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