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.

The perfect position for a nice solar wind stream impact here at Earth! The solar wind particles flowing from this coronal hole could arrive at our planet on Sunday, 4 September. The NOAA SWPC has already issued a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm watch (Kp6) which seems optimistic but not impossible. Certainly something to keep an eye on if you are a sky watchers at high latitudes. With a bit of luck aurora might even become visible at higher middle latitude locations like northern parts of England, Denmark, northern parts of the USA and Melbourne, Australia. As always, keep an eye on the data once the solar wind stream arrives.

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