DSCOVR launch delayed, large filament, complex sunspot regions

Monday, 9 February 2015 - 15:31 UTC

DSCOVR launch delayed, large filament, complex sunspot regions

DSCOVR was supposed to be launched yesterday but the attempt was called off only minutes before launch due to two issues: a first stage transmitter issue and an issue with a range radar. Next possible launch opportunity would have been today at 23:07 UTC but this time has already been scraped due to unfavorable weather at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

Image: The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the DSCOVR spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Credit: NASA TV.

The next launch attempt for the DSCOVR mission will be on Tuesday, 10 February at 23:05 UTC. There is a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, 11 February at 23:03 UTC.

Are you wondering why the DSCOVR mission will be so important for space weather enthusiasts or do you just want to know more about the DSCOVR mission? Read our news article from Saturday!

Filament facing Earth

A massive plasma filament (see header image) is currently facing Earth. It did show signs of instability yesterday but it thus far failed to erupt. Will it erupt before turning away from Earth?

Video: large filament facing Earth showing signs of instability. Credit: NASA SDO.

Sunspot regions 2280 and 2281

Sunspot region 2280 (Beta-Gamma-Delta) is showing signs of increased magnetic complexity and has two small delta sunspots. Sunspot region 2281 also has a moderately complex layout (Beta-Gamma) but does not have any delta sunspots. Solar activity has remained low (C-class solar flares only) today but an isolated low-level M-class (R1) event can not be ruled out from sunspot region 2280 or sunspot region 2281.

To view the sunspot regions currently on the earth-facing solar disk please visit this page.

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