Solar Activity

From:  https://watchers.news/category/space-weather/solar-activity/

The following Videos reference Coronal Mass Ejections from the Sun. I believe eventually, these charged particles will hit the Earth in the Future; that will be so intense, they will penetrate through an opening in the Magnetic Shield, as it will be at a weaken state; then upon striking the Earth, will cause the three Earthquakes, with the 3rd being the Greatest Earthquake in Human History, as is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

01.Video Link.    Sun Erupts at Earth; Mar 10, 2022

02.Video Link.   Solar Eruption; Mar 11, 2022

03.Video Link.   Solar Flare; Mar 12, 2022

04.Video Link.   CME Impact; Mar 13, 2022

05.Video Link.   CME Impact; Mar 14, 2022

06.Video Link.  Many Solar Flares; Mar 28, 2022

07.Video Link.   7 Solar Flares; Mar 29, 2022

08.Video Link.   Solar Storm Approaching; Mar 30, 2022

09.Video Link.   X Class Solar Flare & CME; Mar 30, 2022

10.Video Link.    Strong Geomagnetic Storm in Progress; Apr 10, 2022

Study:  Cosmic Lightning

There are a few verses in the Book of Revelation that have the word: lightning in the text.

It is possible, this Cosmic Lightning could occur and cause Earthquakes, which in turn cause Volcanic Eruptions, which have Volcanic Lightning!!!

Here are the Verses in Revelation. It starts with the Seven Trumpets and Ends with the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God.

1. Revelation 8:5: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

2. Revelation 11:19: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

3. Revelation 16:18 & 21: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [21] And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

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Here is a brief statement of what I a referring to, with regards to Cosmic Lightning:  “For an hour on March 13th, a big crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field – one of the biggest in years (For specialists: BsubZ less than -20 nT),” Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com noted.“Solar wind poured through the gap, adding its energy to that of the CME which struck earlier in the day. This increases the chances that high-latitude auroras may remain visible at least through the early hours of March 14th.” What Dr. Phillips described took place from 21:33 to 22:36 UTC.  From:   Watchers.News/2022/03/13/CME Hits Earth

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Solar activity

 

X1.1 solar flare erupts from the Sun’s SE limb

X1.1 solar flare erupts from the Sun’s SE limb

A major solar flare measuring X1.1 erupted from a region located at the Sun’s southeastern limb at 13:25 UTC on May 3, 2022. The event started at 13:09 UTC and ended at 13:31.

 

Major X1.1 solar flare erupts from Active Region 2994

A major solar flare measuring X1.1 at its peak erupted from newly numbered Active Region 2994 at 03:34 UTC on April 17, 2022. The event started at 03:17 UTC and ended at 03:51. A coronal mass ejection (CME) was produced during the event but the location of the source region does not favor Earth-directed CMEs. This will change in the days ahead as the region turns into geoeffective position.

Major X1.3 solar flare erupts from Active Region 2975

Major X1.3 solar flare erupts from Active Region 2975

A major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted from Active Region 2975 at 17:37 UTC on March 30, 2022. The event started at 17:21 UTC and ended at 17:46. The region is located in an area that favors Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs). A Type II Radio Emission…

Moderately strong M4.0 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2975

Moderately strong M4.0 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2975

A moderately-strong solar flare measuring M4.0 erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2975 at 11:29 UTC on March 28, 2022. The event started at 10:58 UTC and ended at 11:45. The event was associated with a Type II Radio Emission at 11:23 UTC, with an estimated…

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupts from AR 2974

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupts from AR 2974

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2974 at 05:26 UTC on March 25, 2022. The event started at 05:02 and ended at 05:50 UTC. The eruption was associated with a Type II Radio emission at 05:14 UTC, with an estimated…

Large farside eruption creates impressive coronal mass ejection (CME)

Large farside eruption creates impressive coronal mass ejection (CME)

A powerful eruption took place on the farside of the Sun at around 22:23 UTC on February 15, 2022, creating an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME). This is one of the largest CMEs of Solar Cycle 25. The source region for this event is beyond the east limb and…

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupts, CME produced

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupts, CME produced

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.4 erupted at 08:44 UTC on February 12, 2022, from a region near Active Region 2939, located just beyond the west limb. A Type II radio emission with an estimated velocity of 642 km/s was associated with the event. Type II…

Strong M5.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2929

A strong solar flare measuring M5.5 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2929 at 06:01 UTC on January 20, 2022. The event started at 05:41 and ended at 06:12 UTC. A Type II Radio Emission with an estimated velocity of 329 km/s was detected at 05:57 UTC. Type II…

CME produced by filament eruption expected to reach Earth on November 27

CME produced by filament eruption expected to reach Earth on November 27

An approximate 10-degree filament eruption, centered near S36E33, was observed in GONG H-alpha imagery beginning at 09:58 UTC on November 24, 2021. An associated coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 14:12 UTC on November 24…

Long-duration M2.0 solar flare erupts on the NW side of the Sun

Long-duration M2.0 solar flare erupts on the NW side of the Sun

A long-duration solar flare measuring M2.0 erupted from AR 2891, currently located on the Sun’s northwestern limb. The event started at 15:47, peaked at 17:02 and ended at 17:37 UTC. The location of this region does not favor Earth-directed CMEs. However, a…

Moderately strong M1.5 solar flare erupts from AR 2887

Moderately strong M1.5 solar flare erupts from AR 2887

A moderately strong M1.5 solar flare erupted from AR 2887 at 01:45 UTC on November 1, 2021. The event started at 00:57 and ended at 02:10 UTC. It was associated with a Type II Radio Emission at 01:29 UTC with an estimated velocity of 626 km/s. Type II emissions…

CME impacts Earth, sparks G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm

CME impacts Earth, sparks G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm

Coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by M1.6 solar flare at 06:40 UTC on October 9, 2021, reached DSCOVR spacecraft at 01:48 UTC and Earth at 02:30 UTC on October 12, 2021. The impact sparked a G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm. In 24 hours to 00:30 UTC on October 12,…

Moderately strong M2.8 and M1.8 solar flares erupt from AR 2871

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.8 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2871 at 04:42 UTC on September 23, 2021. The event started at 04:35 and ended at 04:50 UTC. The flare was associated with a Type II Radio Emission at 04:44 UTC with an estimated…

Moderately strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2860

Moderately strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2860

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.7 at its peak erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2860 at 06:15 UTC on August 28, 2021. The event started at 05:39 and ended at 06:23 UTC. The flare event follows increased solar activity with numerous c-class flares…

Glancing blow CME possible on July 23, G1 Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Glancing blow CME possible on July 23, G1 Geomagnetic Storm Watch

A glancing blow CME from the July 20 eruption could bring a chance for G1 – Minor geomagnetic storm condition on July 23, 2021. As a result, a G1 Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect. A ~4-degree solar filament centered at approximately N25E65 erupted from the…

Moderately strong M2.7 solar flare erupts from Region 2838

Moderately strong M2.7 solar flare erupts from Region 2838

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.7 at its peak erupted from the newly-formed Active Region 2838 on July 3, 2021. The event started at 07:04 UTC, peaked at 07:17, and ended at 07:22. The position of this region does not favor Earth-directed coronal mass…

Multiple Earth-directed CMEs produced over the weekend

Multiple Earth-directed CMEs produced over the weekend

Solar activity has increased from low to moderate levels on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, 2021, with a series of C- and M-class solar flares produced by Active Region 2824. Multiple CMEs were produced during this period, with several having Earth-directed…

Moderately strong M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2824

Moderately strong M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2824

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2824 (Alpha) at 17:11 UTC on May 22, 2021. The event started at 17:03 and ended at 17:16 UTC. Its location does not favor Earth-directed CMEs, but there is a possibility that a…

Incoming CME, impact expected early May 12

Incoming CME, impact expected early May 12

Two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) with Earth-directed components were produced on the Sun on May 9, 2021. The impact is expected early Wednesday, May 12. Active Region 2833 produced a long-duration C-class solar flare measuring C4.0 at its peak at 14:49 UTC on May 9…

M3.9 solar flare erupts from Active Region 2822

M3.9 solar flare erupts from Active Region 2822

A strong solar flare measuring M3.9 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2822 at 19:04 UTC on May 7, 2021. While this is one of the strongest solar flares of the new solar cycle — SC25, the location of region 2822 does not favor Earth-directed CMEs. This event…

C3.8 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2816, CME produced

A C3.8 solar flare erupted from Active Region 2816 at 04:35 UTC on April 22, 2021, producing a coronal mass ejection (CME). The event started at 04:10 and ended at 05:00 UTC. The location of the source region favors Earth-directed CMEs. The flare was associated with…

Solar wind parameters indicate the arrival of a slow-moving CME

Solar wind parameters indicate the arrival of a slow-moving CME

Solar wind parameters over the past 12 hours indicated the arrival of a slow-moving Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), likely produced on April 10. A period of G1 – Minor storming began at 08:59 UTC on April 15. Another enhancement in parameters is expected on April 16…

Filament eruption produces partial-halo CME, glancing blow expected

Filament eruption produces partial-halo CME, glancing blow expected

A solar filament eruption took place shortly before 12:00 UTC on February 20, 2021, producing a partial-halo CME. Analysis suggests a glancing blow from the periphery of the CME is likely on February 23 or 24. The CME signature was first observed in SOHO/LASCO C2…

Moderately strong M4.4 solar flare erupts, CME produced

Moderately strong M4.4 solar flare erupts, CME produced

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.4 at its peak erupted at 13:11 UTC on November 29, 2020, from a region about to rotate into Earth view. The event started at 12:34 and ended at 13:41 UTC. This is the strongest solar flare in more than 3 years. A Type II…

Biggest sunspot in years producing multiple B- and C-class solar flares

Biggest sunspot in years producing multiple B- and C-class solar flares

Although solar activity remains at low levels, Active Region 2786 — the biggest sunspot in years — has produced multiple C- and B-class flares since November 25. Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) were also observed, but none was Earth-directed. While we are still…

Glancing blow CME possible on November 1

Glancing blow CME possible on November 1

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by a C4.3 flare at 06:16 UTC on October 27, 2020, was analyzed by the SWPC and determined to be a possible glancing blow on November 1. The source of the flare was a large AR 2778 which produced multiple B- and C-class flares…

Glancing-blow expected after weak B1.2 solar flare

Glancing-blow expected after weak B1.2 solar flare

A weak solar flare measuring B1.2 at its peak erupted on August 16, 2020, producing a coronal mass ejection (CME). Consensus model results suggest an arriving glancing blow on August 20 — producing unsettled to active geomagnetic field conditions, with a chance for…

Solar storm hits Earth, sparking active geomagnetic conditions

Solar storm hits Earth, sparking active geomagnetic conditions

Our Sun launched two solar storms this week, one of which was Earth-directed, Space Weather Physicist Dr. Tamitha Skov reports in her latest space weather forecast released July 14, 2020. The storm has hit, right on time, and all through the night people have been…

Deep-space radiation reaching a percentage point of Space Age maximum

Deep-space radiation reaching a percentage point of Space Age maximum

Solar activity is at very low levels and the visible disk remains spotless for the 17th day in a row, making a total of 33 days in 2020 or 66 percent — we are still in a Solar Minimum, which is expected to end sometime this year. As a result of weakened Sun’s…

G2 – Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch in effect

G2 – Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch in effect

The solar wind environment is expected to become enhanced and disturbed later on September 27, 2019 (UTC). G1 – Minor Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect for September 27, G2 – Moderate for September 28. Quiet to unsettled geomagnetic field conditions are expected…

Enhanced solar wind environment after glancing blow from a slow-moving CME

Enhanced solar wind environment after glancing blow from a slow-moving CME

Solar wind parameters over the past 24 hours were indicative of enhanced solar wind environment, likely caused by a combination of a glancing blow from a slow-moving Coronal Mass Ejection and influences of a negative polarity CH HSS. Total IMF strength was at 5 to 6…

5 Earth-directed CMEs, G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm

5 Earth-directed CMEs, G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm

A several degree long solar filament south of the Region 2741 disappeared by approximately 15:14 UTC on May 13, 2019. Initial analysis suggests an Earth-directed component is likely with this Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). This is the fifth Earth-directed CME since…

Asymmetric full halo CME impact expected late May 11 into May 12

Asymmetric full halo CME impact expected late May 11 into May 12

An asymmetric full halo CME with a likely Earth-directed component erupted May 6, 2019. The source is still unknown, it is possible this was another stealth CME. Sun’s northeastern limb continued exhibiting increased CME activity on May 6 and 7, 2019. This…

C9.9 solar flare erupts from AR 2740, the strongest since October 2017

A moderately strong solar flare measuring C9.9 erupted from AR 2740 (Beta-Delta) at 05:10 UTC on May 6, 2019. The event started at 05:04 UTC and ended at 05:12 UTC. This is the strongest solar flare since M1.0 at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017. A Type II Radio…

C4.8 solar flare erupts from AR 2736, full-halo CME produced

C4.8 solar flare erupts from AR 2736, full-halo CME produced

A solar flare measuring C4.8 at its peak erupted from newly-emerged AR 2736 on March 20, 2019. The eruption started at 10:35, peaked at 11:18 and ended at 11:34 UTC. The region was also responsible for several B-class flares over the past 7 hours. The flare was…

C5.0 solar flare erupts from AR2733, the strongest since February 18, 2018

C5.0 solar flare erupts from AR2733, the strongest since February 18, 2018

A weak solar flare measuring C5.0 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2733 at 13:22 UTC on January 26, 2019. The eruption started at 13:12 and ended at 13:34 UTC. This was the strongest solar flare since February 18, 2018. It was preceded by B1.5 at 03:49 UTC,…

Long-duration C1.5 solar flare produced Earth-directed CME

Long-duration C1.5 solar flare produced Earth-directed CME

A long-duration C1.5 solar flare erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2699 on February 12, 2018. The event started at 00:15, peaked at 01:35 and ended at 03:21 UTC. A G1 – Minor geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for February 15. This event produced an…

Solar filament eruption, possible glancing blow on November 29

Solar filament eruption, possible glancing blow on November 29

A solar filament was observed lifting off the Sun’s northeastern quadrant beginning at approximately 04:45 UTC on November 25, 2017. An associated weak Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 and C3 imagery and the analysis shows a potential…

Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns

Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017 from the vicinity of old Region 2682, numbered 2673 two rotations ago. Radio signatures suggested and coronagraph imagery confirmed, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was…

Powerful double solar eruption beyond the east limb

Powerful double solar eruption beyond the east limb

A powerful double solar flare eruption took place beyond the Sun’s east limb early October 18, 2017. The responsible region is now rotating into Earth view and will be visible in a couple of days. The eruption was associated with a Type II (estimated velocity 1…

Glancing blow expected from CME produced by major X8.2 solar flare

Glancing blow expected from CME produced by major X8.2 solar flare

A major X8.2 solar flare that erupted at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017 from Region 2673, produced a powerful asymmetric full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and it appears one part of it is heading toward Earth. A glancing blow is expected late on September 13….

Strong M8.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2673

Strong M8.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2673

A strong solar flare measuring M8.1 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2673 at 07:49 UTC on September 8, 2017. The event started at 07:40 and ended at 07:58 UTC. This is the third M-class solar flare of the day and the 18th since September 4, when the first…

Impulsive M7.3 solar flare erupts from Region 2673

Impulsive M7.3 solar flare erupts from Region 2673

An impulsive solar flare measuring M7.3 at its peak time erupted from Region 2673 at 10:15 UTC on September 7, 2017. The event started at 10:11, peaked at 10:15 and ended at 10:18 UTC. It comes a day after two major X-class solar flares erupted from the same region….

Shock arrival from September 4 Coronal Mass Ejection

Shock arrival from September 4 Coronal Mass Ejection

The coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the M5.5 solar flare on September 4, 2017 arrived at the DSCOVR spacecraft on September 6 at 23:08 UTC and at Earth 30 minutes later. The impact did not spark a geomagnetic storm, but the potential still exists as the CME…

Powerful, long-duration X2.2 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2673

Powerful, long-duration X2.2 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2673

A powerful, long-duration solar flare measuring X2.2 at its peak time erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2673 at 09:10 UTC on September 6, 2017. The event started at 08:48 and ended at 09:59 UTC. This is the first X-class solar flare since May 5, 2015. There…

Direct CME hit expected, G3 Strong geomagnetic storm watch issued

An asymmetric full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by the M5.5 solar flare at 20:33 UTC on September 4, 2017 is traveling toward Earth and is expected to arrive late on September 6. G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for September 6 and 7….

Solar flare measuring M1.1 erupts from Region 2672

Solar flare measuring M1.1 erupts from Region 2672

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 erupted from new Region 2672 (beta) at 01:52 UTC on August 20, 2017. The event started at 01:36 and ended at 02:03 UTC. Solar activity was at moderate levels on August 20 due to an M1 flare from an emerging region on…

Major solar flare erupts near the eastern limb, no Earth-directed CMEs

Major solar flare erupts near the eastern limb, no Earth-directed CMEs

A pair of solar flares erupted near the eastern limb of the Sun at about 00:55 and 03:25 UTC on July 23, 2017, and were observed in STEREO-A EUVI 195 imagery. The source is Active Region 2665 which produced a long-duration M2.4 solar flare and Earth-directed CME on…

Long-duration M2.4 solar flare erupts, Earth-directed CME

Long-duration M2.4 solar flare erupts, Earth-directed CME

Active Region 2665 produced a long-duration solar flare measuring M2.4 at its peak time on July 14, 2017. The event lasted for more than 2 hours; it started at 01:07, peaked at 02:09 and ended at 03:24 UTC. The eruption produced a coronal mass ejection (CME) with an…

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts from big Region 2665

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts from big Region 2665

Big sunspot region 2665 (beta) erupted with an impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time on July 9, 2017. The event started at 03:09, peaked at 03:18 and ended at 03:37 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on July 4, 2017….

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts near the west limb

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts near the west limb

Solar activity was at moderate levels on July 3, 2017, with 14 B-class and one impulsive M1.3 solar flare observed at 16:15 UTC. The M-class event started at 15:37 and ended at 16:18 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on April 3, 2017….

Partial-halo CME impact sparks G1 geomagnetic storm

Partial-halo CME impact sparks G1 geomagnetic storm

A partial-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on June 28, 2017 hit Earth’s magnetic field at 17:12 UTC on July 1, almost 24 hours earlier than expected. The impact was weak but managed to spark a G1 – Minor geomagnetic storm 17 hours later. G1 Watch…

CME headed toward Earth, impact expected around 12:00 UTC on May 26

CME headed toward Earth, impact expected around 12:00 UTC on May 26

An eruption near the center of Earth-facing side of the Sun produced a partial HALO CME (coronal mass ejection) during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017. The CME is weak, but it has an Earth-directed component. Arrival at Earth is expected around 12:00 UTC on May…

Filament eruption, glancing blow possible on April 15

An approximate 14 degree solar filament eruption began at 20:25 UTC on April 9, 2017, from the northeast quadrant of the Sun. The event generated a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a glancing blow is possible on April 15. The CME was first observed in SOHO/LASCO C2…

Moderately strong M5.8 solar flare erupts from Region 2644

Moderately strong M5.8 solar flare erupts from Region 2644

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M5.8 (R2 – Moderate) erupted from Region 2644 at 14:29 UTC on April 3, 2017. The event started at 14:19 and ended at 14:34 UTC. This is the 7th and the strongest M-class solar flare since late April 1, 2017. It is also the…

Seven M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2644

Seven M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2644

Departing Active Region 2644 erupted with seven M-class solar flares since late April 1, 2017. The series started with M4.4 on April 1 and was followed by M5.3, M2.3, M2.1 and M5.7 on April 2, and M1.2 and M5.8 on April 3. Multiple coronal mass ejections were…

Impulsive M1.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2615

Impulsive M1.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2615

An impulsive, moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.0 at its peak erupted at 17:26 UTC on November 29, 2016. The event started at 17:19 and ended at 17:26 UTC. This is the first M-class solar flare since M1.3 on August 7, 2016. With the approach of solar…

3 strong M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2567, CME produced

3 strong M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2567, CME produced

Three strong solar flares erupted from Active Region 2567 early on July 23, 2016 – M5.0, M7.6, and M5.5. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced during the third one, however, this region is not in a position to produce Earth-directed CMEs. The first flare…

Impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 erupted from Region 2529

Impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 erupted from Region 2529

An impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 (R2 – Moderate radio blackout) erupted from Active Region 2529 at 00:29 UTC on April 18, 2016. The event started at 00:14 and ended at 00:39 UTC. This was the first M-class solar flare since M1.1 on February 15, 2016, the…

Region 2497 produces M1.0 solar flare

Region 2497 produces M1.0 solar flare

‘Beta-Gamma-Delta’ classified Active Region 2497 produced an M1.0 solar flare at 19:26 UTC on February 14, 2016. The event started at 19:18 and ended at 19:29 UTC. After M1.0 at 10:47 UTC on February 12 and M1.8 at 15:24 UTC on February 13, this is the third…

Moderately strong M1.8 solar flare erupts from Region 2497

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted from ‘Beta-Gamma-Delta’ classified Region 2497 at 15:24 UTC on February 13, 2016. The event started at 15:16 and ended at 15:24 UTC. There were no radio signatures that would suggest a…

Cosmic radiation intensifying as we enter another Solar Minimum

Cosmic radiation intensifying as we enter another Solar Minimum

An increased activity of cosmic rays has been observed around the Arctic Circle by the neutron monitors during the last year. The same trend was also noted in an independent measurement project carried out by the Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky…

Prolonged CME effects spark G1 Minor geomagnetic storm

Prolonged CME effects spark G1 Minor geomagnetic storm

Prolonged effects of a partial-halo CME impact, produced by the filament eruption just of center disk late on January 14, 2016, is causing a G1 Minor geomagnetic storm on January 20, 2016. The CME reached our planet just before 21:00 UTC on January 18. Geomagnetic…

Long duration M2.3 flare erupts causing S1 Minor solar radiation storm

Long duration M2.3 flare erupts causing S1 Minor solar radiation storm

A long duration solar flare measuring M2.3 at its peak time erupted from departing Region 2473 at 00:11 UTC on January 2, 2016. The event started at 23:10 UTC on January 1 and ended at 01:01 UTC on January 2. A Type II (estimated velocity 1019 km/s) and a Type IV…

Long duration M1.8 solar flare produces a full halo, Earth-directed CME

Long duration M1.8 solar flare produces a full halo, Earth-directed CME

A long duration solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted from central Region 2473 at 12:45 UTC on December 28, 2015. The event started at 11:20 and ended at 14:09 UTC. The flare produced a full halo CME heading directly toward Earth. A type IV radio sweep…

Strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from Region 2473

Strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from Region 2473

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.7 at its peak erupted from Region 2473 at 00:40 UTC on December 23, 2015. The event started at 00:23 and ended at 00:52 UTC. A Type II radio sweep with estimated velocity of 1318 km/s as well as a Type IV radio sweep…

M-class solar flares erupting behind the Sun’s northeast limb

M-class solar flares erupting behind the Sun’s northeast limb

An active region currently positioned behind the northeast limb erupted with two M-class solar flares by 10:19 UTC on December 21, 2015. The first event started at 00:52, peaked at 01:03 as M2.8 and ended at 01:11 UTC. The second event started at 10:09, peaked at…

Large filament erupts on the southeast quadrant of the Sun

Large filament erupts on the southeast quadrant of the Sun

A large filament erupted on the southeast quadrant of the Sun during the early morning UTC hours of November 22, 2015. The eruption began at approximately 07:30 UTC and launched a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. Although LASCO coronagraph imagery is still…

Strong M3.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2449 producing a bright CME

Strong M3.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2449 producing a bright CME

A strong solar flare measuring M3.9 at its peak erupted from Region 2449 at 13:12 UTC on November 9, 2015. The event started at 12:49 and ended at 13:28 UTC. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. The event was associated with a Type II (estimated…

The Sweden Case: Airplanes disappear from radars due to “solar storm”

Swedish media is reporting air traffic problems due to “solar storm” interfering with air traffic control radar systems during the afternoon of November 4, 2015. It is unclear, however, whether they meant the Solar Radiation Storm or Geomagnetic Storm, two…

Impulsive solar flares measuring M1.9 and M2.5 erupt near the west limb

Impulsive solar flares measuring M1.9 and M2.5 erupt near the west limb

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.9 erupted from Region 2445 at 03:26 UTC on November 4, 2015. The event started at 03:20, and ended at 03:29 UTC. A Type II Radio Emission with peak velocity of 790 km/s was associated with the event. Type II emissions…

Impulsive M7.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2422

Impulsive M7.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2422

An impulsive solar flare measuring M7.6 erupted at 14:58 UTC on September 28, 2015 from geoeffective Active Region 2422. The event started at 14:53, and ended at 15:03 UTC. There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced duri

Impulsive M3.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2423

Impulsive M3.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2423

An impulsive solar flare measuring M3.6 at its peak time erupted at 03:55 UTC on September 28, 2015 from Active Region 2423 located near the west limb. The event started at 03:45 and ended at 03:59 UTC. Impulsive solar flares usually don’t produce Coronal Mass Eject

M1.9 solar flare erupts from Sun’s central region 2422

M1.9 solar flare erupts from Sun’s central region 2422

Active Region 2422, located almost at the center of the solar disk, erupted with M1.9 solar flare at 10:40 UTC on September 27, 2015. The event started at 10:20 and ended at 10:46 UTC.This region has ‘Beta-Gamma-Delta’ magnetic configuration and is capable of pr

Long duration M2.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2415, CME produced

Long duration M2.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2415, CME produced

A long duration solar flare measuring M2.1 at its peak time erupted from Region 2415 at 18:03 UTC on September 20, 2015. The event started at 17:32 and ended at 18:29 UTC.A Type II Radio Emission with estimated velocity of 1358 km/s was produced by this event. Type II

Moderately strong M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2415

Moderately strong M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2415

Active Region 2415, now located at the center of the solar disk, erupted with moderately strong M1.1 solar flare at 09:40 UTC on September 17, 2015. The event started at 09:34, and ended at 09:45 UTC. There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass

Long duration M2.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

Long duration M2.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.9 at its peak time erupted from Region 2403 on August 27, 2015. This was a long duration flare; the event started at 04:48, peaked at 05:44 and ended at 06:03 UTC.There were no associated radio signatures that would suggest a

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare and CME produced by Region 2403

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare and CME produced by Region 2403

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted from Region 2403 at 09:48 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 09:34, peaked at 09:48 as M1.4 solar flare, and ended at 10:07 UTC. Radio signatures suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. These are the

Moderately strong M1.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

Moderately strong M1.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

Region 2403, located in the southeast quadrant, erupted with moderately strong M1.2 solar flare at 02:18 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 01:56, peaked at 02:18 and ended at 02:37 UTC.There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection

Region 2381 rapidly grows, produces M1.0 and M1.8 solar flares

Region 2381 rapidly grows, produces M1.0 and M1.8 solar flares

Beta-gamma classified Region 2381 exhibited rapid growth over the past 24 hours (by 12:30 UtC today) and produced a moderately strong M1.0 solar flare at 08:44 UTC on July 6, 2015. The event started at 08:24 and ended at 08:59 UTC. There were no radio signatures that wo

Partial-halo CME to deliver glancing blow on June 23

Partial-halo CME to deliver glancing blow on June 23

Filament eruption in the SSE quadrant of the Sun produced a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) first observed in coronagraph imagery near 08:45 UTC on June 19 (above). WSA-Enlil model suggests a glancing blow early on June 23. Beta-Gamma-Delta classified…

Departing Region 2360 produces M1.3 solar flare

Departing Region 2360 produces M1.3 solar flare

Solar activity is again reaching moderate levels today with ‘beta-gamma’ classified Region 2360 being the most productive. This region, located near the western limb, produced an M1.3 solar flare at 07:29 UTC on June 13. The event started at 07:20 and ended at 0

Increased solar activity, glancing blow CME impact expected on June 12

Increased solar activity, glancing blow CME impact expected on June 12

Solar activity has increased to moderate levels during last 24 hours with an impulsive M1.0 solar flare (R1-Minor) at 08:55 UTC on June 11, 2015. The source was an area of enhanced emission on the Sun’s east limb.Current SDO imagery reveals a cluster of sunspots

Disturbed geomagnetic field: Brief G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm

Disturbed geomagnetic field: Brief G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm

Earth’s magnetic field is still disturbed in response to continued presence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS), possibly combined with a transient feature originally expected for May 17. Between 12:30 UTC on May 18 and 12:30 UTC on May 1

Several eruptive filament structures observed in last 24 hours

Several eruptive filament structures observed in last 24 hours

Several eruptive filament structures occurred during last 24 hours as observed in SDO/AIA and GONG/H-alpha imagery.The most impressive was an eruptive prominence (EPL) from the NE limb and a connected highly active and partially eruptive filament from the NE quadrant.

Filament eruption produces CME off the west limb, proton spike

Filament eruption produces CME off the west limb, proton spike

A solar filament/prominence was observed leaving the west limb of the Sun around 02:20 UTC today resulting in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Although this CME has a trajectory which is away from the Sun – Earth line, and despite its relatively slow velocity, there was a

Major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupts from Region 2339, CME produced

An impulsive, major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupted at 22:11 UTC on May 5, 2015 producing R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout. The event started at 22:05 and ended at 22:15 UTC. The source of this powerful eruption was old Region 2322, now numbered as 2339 and located on…

Large solar filament erupts from the northeast quadrant

Large solar filament erupts from the northeast quadrant

A large solar filament located in the northeast quadrant erupted around 14:00 UTC on April 28, 2015 sending a bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space.CME is visible in latest SOHO LASCO C2 imagery and it appears directed away from our planet.Image credit: ESA/NASA

Large solar prominence erupts, CME produced

Large solar prominence erupts, CME produced

A large solar prominence dubbed “the Great Wall of Plasma” erupted off the northeast limb of the Sun at approximately 13:00 UTC on March 27, 2015. This spectacular structure was more than 6x taller and 30x wider than Earth before it erupted. A Coronal Mass Eje

Powerful solar flare measuring X2.1 erupts from Region 2297

Powerful solar flare measuring X2.1 erupts from Region 2297

A major solar flare measuring X2.1 (R3-Strong radio blackout) erupted from Region 2297 at 16:22 UTC on March 11, 2015. The event started at 16:11 and ended at 16:29 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 1 461 km/s) and IV radio emissions were associated with the event. Type

Impulsive M4.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

Impulsive M4.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

An impulsive solar flare measuring M4.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2297 at 14:33 on March 9, 2015. The event started at 14:22 and ended at 14:37 UTC.There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection was produced.This region is rotating

Strong, long duration M9.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

Strong, long duration M9.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

Strong and long duration solar flare measuring M9.2 (R2 – Moderate) at its peak time erupted from Region 2297 at 22:22 UTC on March 7, 2015. The event started at 21:59 and ended at 22:49 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 704 km/s) and Type IV radio sweeps were associate

Long duration M1.2 solar flare erupts beyond eastern limb

Active region located just beyond the East limb produced a long duration M1.2 solar flare peaking at 18:11 UTC today. The event started 17:06 and ended at 18:26 UTC.This region produced two low level C-class flares before the M1.2 today. It will become fully visible fro

Impulsive M8.2 solar flare erupts off northwestern limb

Impulsive M8.2 solar flare erupts off northwestern limb

An impulsive solar flare measuring M8.2 (R2 – Moderate Radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Region 2290 at 01:35 UTC on March 3, 2015. The event started at 01:25 and ended at 01:42 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 750 km/s) and IV radio emissions were as

Numerous M-class flares and CMEs off the northwestern limb

Numerous M-class flares and CMEs off the northwestern limb

Solar activity reached moderate levels today when Region 2290 (N22W84, Hsx/Alpha) produced a pair of M1 (R1-Minor) flares at 06:39 (M1.0) and 09:48 UTC (M1.1). This region also produced numerous low and mid-level C-class flares over the last 24 hours.Numerous Coronal Ma

Earth under the influence of CH HSS, geomagnetic storm in progress

Earth under the influence of CH HSS, geomagnetic storm in progress

Earth is under the influence of a southern polar coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is stirring up geomagnetic storms.Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 – Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was reached at 01:45 UTC today. Area of impact is primarily poleward of 60

Large solar filament erupts, produces partial halo CME

Large solar filament erupts, produces partial halo CME

A large solar filament, which was stretching more than 857 780 km (533 000 miles) last week, finally erupted at approximately 09:25 UTC on February 21, 2015. As I feared, #solarstorm launch is huge filament that just rotated backside. STEREO A saw eruption of monster ev

Impulsive M1.2 flare erupts, big plasma filament rotating in

Impulsive M1.2 flare erupts, big plasma filament rotating in

An impulsive M1.2 solar flare erupted from Region 2277 (‘Beta-Gamma’) at 02:15 UTC on February 4, 2015. The event started at 02:08 and ended at 02:21 UTC.This event did not produce a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). However, the responsible region is growing, it mai

Increased solar activity continues

Increased solar activity continues

Solar activity continues at moderate levels today with two M-class flares (M2.0 and M1.7) erupting from Region 2268 and one from newly numbered Region 2277 (M2.4).The first M-class solar flare of the day was an impulsive M2.0 which erupted at 00:44 UTC. It was followed

Moderately strong M2.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

Moderately strong M2.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.1 at its peak time erupted from Region 2268 on January 29, 2015. The event started at 11:32, peaked at 11:42 and ended at 11:52 UTC.As with all the previous M-class flares from this region in the past few days, this latest eve

Moderate M1.4 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

Moderate M1.4 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted from Region 2268 on January 28, 2015. The event started at 04:21, peaked at 04:41 and ended at 04:55 UTC.Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was not produced.Region 2268 (‘beta-gamma’) is currently the large

Moderate M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.1 (R1 Minor Radio Blackout) at its peak time erupted from growing Region 2268 on January 26, 2015. The event started at 16:46, peaked at 16:53 and ended at 16:58 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection

Newly numbered Region 2268 produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare

Newly numbered Region 2268 produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare

Newly numbered Region 2268 (S10E72, Hax/alpha) produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare on January 22, 2015, just as it began rotating onto the Southeast limb.The event started at 04:43, peaked at 04:52 and ended at 05:02 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Co

Departing Region 2257 erupts with moderate M2.2 solar flare

Departing Region 2257 erupts with moderate M2.2 solar flare

A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 at its peak time erupted from a departing Region 2257 (‘beta-gamma’) on January 14, 2015. The event started at 12:30, peaked at 12:58 and ended at 13:08 UTC.This region was responsible for two M-class solar flares yesterday

Strong M5.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2257

Strong M5.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2257

A strong solar flare measuring M5.6 (R2 – Moderate radio blackout) erupted from Active Region 2257 at 04:24 UTC on January 13, 2015. The event started at 04:13 and ended at 04:38 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst lasting 4 minutes, with peak flux of 290 sfu, was associated with th

Large sunspot region in geoeffectve position, unleashes M1.3 solar flare

Large sunspot region in geoeffectve position, unleashes M1.3 solar flare

Large Active Region 2253 (beta-gamma) erupted with moderate M1.3 solar flare at 15:35 UTC on January 4, 2015. The event started at 15:18 and ended at 15:53 UTC. Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) signatures were not detected during this event.This region slightly grew during l

Moderate M2.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2249

Moderate M2.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2249

A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 at its peak time erupted from Active Region 2249 at 02:16 UTC on December 27, 2014. The event started at 02:03 and ended at 02:24 UTC.Region 2249 has ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic configuration, it is still growing and is located ne

Major solar flare measuring X1.8 erupted from Region 2242

Major solar flare measuring X1.8 erupted from Region 2242

A major solar flare measuring X1.8 (R3-Strong Radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Region 2242 (‘beta-gamma-delta’) at 00:28 UTC on December 20, 2014. The event started at 00:11 and ended at 00:55 UTC.A Type II radio emission with an estimated velocity

Strong M6.9 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2241

Strong M6.9 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2241

A strong solar flare measuring M6.9 (R2-Moderate Radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2241 at 21:58 UTC on December 18, 2014. The event started at 21:41 and ended at 22:25 UTC.This region is located at the center of the solar disk and

Strong solar flare measuring M6.1 erupts from Region 2222

A long duration solar flare measuring M6.1 (R2-Moderate) at its peak time erupted on December 4, 2014 from Region 2222. The event started at 18:05, peaked at 18:25 and ended at 18:56 UTC.This is a second M-class solar flare today from ‘beta-gamma’ classified Reg

M1.8 solar flare erupts from central region 2222

M1.8 solar flare erupts from central region 2222

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted at 06:41 UTC on December 1, 2014. The event started at 06:26 and ended at 06:59 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst lasting 6 minutes (peak flux 180 sfu) was associated with the event. This indicates that the el

Strong M5.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2209

Strong M5.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2209

A strong solar flare measuring M5.7 at its peak time erupted from Region 2209 on November 16, 2014. The event started at 17:35, peaked at 17:48 and ended at 17:57 UTC.Region 2209 (‘beta-gamma-delta’) is Old Region 2192, source of six X-class solar flares during

Old Region 2192 returns with moderate M3.2 and M3.7 solar flares

Old Region 2192 returns with moderate M3.2 and M3.7 solar flares

Old Region 2192, now numbered 2209 (‘beta-gamma’), has returned on the Earth side of the Sun, with moderately strong M3.2 solar flare on November 15, 2014. The latest event from this region started at 11:40, peaked at 12:03 and ended at 12:10 UTC.A 10cm Radio Bu

A timelapse of the late October solar activity

A timelapse of the late October solar activity

Awesome time-lapse video features show 15 days of solar action from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles or more than two decades. During the transition time Sunspot 2192 produced six X-class and 37 M-clas

Moderately strong M6.5 solar flare erupted off the northeast limb

Moderately strong M6.5 solar flare erupted off the northeast limb

Another M-class solar flare was recorded around new region approaching from the northeastern limb. After M2.2 at 11:53, an M6.5 peaked at 22:40 UTC on November 3, 2014. The event started at 22:15 UTC and ended at 22:53 UTC.The actual eruption was probably much stronger

Sixth major solar flare from Region 2192 – X2.0 on October 27, 2014

Sixth major solar flare from Region 2192 – X2.0 on October 27, 2014

Region 2192, now located near the southwest limb, unleashed its sixth X-class solar flare since it became fully apparent on the solar disk on October 18, 2014. The latest in series of its major eruptions is X2.0 solar flare on October 27. This latest event started at 14

Long duration X1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

The largest sunspot region of Solar Cycle 24 – Region 2192 (‘beta-gamma-delta’) unleashed its fourth X-class solar flare since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun on October 25, 2014. The event lasted more than 1 hour. It started at 16:55, peaked at 17:08

Major solar flare reaching X3.1 erupted from Region 2192

Major solar flare reaching X3.1 erupted from Region 2192

The largest region of the current solar cycle erupted with a major solar flare reaching X3.1 on October 24, 2014 at 21:41 UTC. The event started at 21:07 and ended at 22:13 UTC.A narrow CME was associated with the flare and was observed in SOHO LASCO C2 imagery beginnin

Impulsive M4.0 flare erupted from central region on the Sun

Impulsive M4.0 flare erupted from central region on the Sun

A moderately strong and impulsive solar flare measuring M4.0 at its peak time erupted from huge central region on the Sun on October 24, 2014 at 07:48 UTC. The event started at 07:37 and ended at 07:52 UTC.A Type II (664 km/s) and IV radio emission were associated with

Major X1.6 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

Major X1.6 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 at its peak time erupted from Region 2192 on October 22, 2014. The event started at 14:02, peaked at 14:28 and ended at 14:50 UTC.R3 – Strong radio blackout produced significant HF signal fading on the sunlit side of Earth. There are a

Strong M8.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

Strong M8.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A strong solar flare measuring M8.7 erupted from Region 2192 (beta-gamma-delta) at 01:59 UTC on October 22, 2014. The event started at 01:16 and ended at 02:28.A 10cm Radio Burst (1min / 590 sfu) was associated with the event. A 10cm radio burst indicates that the elec

Major solar flare measuring X1.1 erupted from southeast limb

Major solar flare measuring X1.1 erupted from southeast limb

A major, long duration solar flare measuring X1.1 at its peak time erupted on October 19, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant. The event started at 04:17, peaked at 05:03 and ended at 05:48 UTC.The region is still

Large sunspot produced long duration M-class solar flare

Large sunspot produced long duration M-class solar flare

A long duration M-class solar flare measuring M1.6 at its peak time erupted on October 18, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 which just emerged from the southeast limb. The event started at 07:02, peaked at 07:58 and ended at 08:49 UTC.This region already ha

Moderately strong M4.3 solar flare erupts from southeast limb

Moderately strong M4.3 solar flare erupts from southeast limb

An impulsive solar flare measuring M4.3 at its peak time erupted from the southeast limb of the Sun on October 16, 2014. The event started at 12:58, peaked at 13:03 and ended at 13:05 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) lasting 1 minute (180 sfu) was associated with the e

Spectacular long duration eruption beyond the east limb

Spectacular long duration eruption beyond the east limb

Solar activity reached moderate levels during last 24 hours (by 12:30 UTC today) with impulsive M1.1 solar flare (R1 radio blackout) at 18:37 UTC on October 14. This event had an associated Tenflare (1300 sfu), but no other CME related radio signatures. The flare appear

Three M-class solar flares erupted from southwest quadrant

Two M-class solar flares erupted from Region 2182 early Thursday, October 9, 2014. The first event started at 01:30, peaked at 01:41 UTC as M1.3 solar flare and ended at 01:47.The second M-class erupted immediately after the M1.3.It started at 01:54, peaked at 01:58 as

Strong M7.3 solar flare erupted from southwest limb

Strong M7.3 solar flare erupted from southwest limb

Departing region 2173 erupted with strong M7.3 solar flare at 19:01 UTC on October 2, 2014. The event started at 18:49 and ended at 19:14 UTC.Due to the location of this region Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is not expected. SWPC forecasters estimate 45% cha

Moderately strong M5.1 solar flare erupted

Moderately strong M5.1 solar flare erupted

A moderately strong M5.1 solar flared erupted around Sunspots 2172 and 2173 at 02:58 UTC on September 28, 2014. The event was associated with a Type II and Type IV Radio Emissions, along with a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare). GOES X-Ray flux and SDO’s AIA 094 image

Impulsive solar flare measuring M2.3 erupts

Impulsive solar flare measuring M2.3 erupts

Impulsive solar flare reaching M2.3 at its peak time erupted on September 23, 2014. The event started at 23:03, peaked at 23:16 and ended at 23:28 UTC.The source was Active Region 2172 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant.The event was associated with 250 sfu

Impulsive M2.1 solar flare erupted off the east limb

Impulsive M2.1 solar flare erupted off the east limb

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.1 at its peak time erupted from a region located off the east limb today. The event started at 15:20, peaked at 15:26 and ended at 15:31 UTC.If CME was generated by this eruption Earth directed component is very unlikely. Howe

Major solar flare measuring X1.6 erupts, sends Earth directed CME

Major solar flare measuring X1.6 erupts, sends Earth directed CME

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 at its peak time erupted on September 10, 2014. The source was geoeffective Active Region 2158 located almost at the center of the disk. The event started at 17:21, peaked at 17:45 and ended at 18:20 UTC.Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was

Long duration M4.5 solar flare erupts from region 2158

Long duration M4.5 solar flare erupts from region 2158

Active Region 2158 produced a long duration M4.5 solar flare on September 9, 2014. The event started at 23:12, peaked at 00:29 and ended at 01:31 UTC. A Type II (999 km/s) and IV radio emissions as well as 10cm Radio Burst were associated with the event. Coronal Ma

Moderate M1.1 solar flare erupted from Region 2157

Moderate M1.1 solar flare erupted from Region 2157

Active Region 2157 unleashed M1.1 solar flare on September 6, 2014. The event started at 16:50, peaked at 17:09 and ended at 17:22 UTC.This region is located in the southeast quadrant and has ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic configuration (capable of produc

Long duration M2.5 solar flare erupts off the southeast limb

Long duration M2.5 solar flare erupts off the southeast limb

Active region located behind the southeast limb of the Sun produced a long duration M2.5 solar flare on September 3, 2014. The event started at 13:20, peaked at 13:54 and ended 14:23 UTC.If Coronal Mass Ejection was produced by this event it sho

Plasma filament erupts, generates Earth-directed CME

Plasma filament erupts, generates Earth-directed CME

A large plasma filament located in the northern hemisphere of the Sun erupted between 13:00 and 16:00 UTC on September 2, 2014, generating what appears to be Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)​.Although analysis is still not complete SWPC warned&nbsp

Major solar flares erupting behind the northeast limb

A major solar flare was detected behind Sun’s northeast limb on September 1, 2014. STEREO Behind spacecraft, watching farside of the Sun, captured what is most likely an X-class solar flare starting at 11:05 UTC.This major solar flare was associa

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M3.9 erupted from Region 2146

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M3.9 erupted from Region 2146

After M2.0 at 15:11 UTC today Active Region 2146 erupted with another M-class solar flare. This latest event started at 20:06, peaked at 20:21 as M3.9 solar flare and ended at 20:29 UTC.As with previous event the majority of plasma cloud appears to be dir

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2146

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2146

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted on August 25, 2014, from Active Region 2146 (beta). The event started at 14:46, peaked at 15:11 and ended at 15:31 UTC.A Type II (707 km/s), IV and Tenflare (170 sfu) radio emissions were associated with this event. T

Powerful solar flare reaching M5.9 erupted from eastern limb

Powerful solar flare reaching M5.9 erupted from eastern limb

A powerful solar flare measuring M5.9 at its peak time erupted from eastern limb of the Sun on August 24, 2014, at 12:17 UTC. The event started at 12:00, peaked at 12:17 and ended at 12:25 UTC.The source was new AR 2151 located on the south eastern limb.

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupts from eastern limb

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupts from eastern limb

After impulsive M3.2 solar flare on August 21 emerging Active Region 2149 erupted with another M-class solar flare early on August 22. This latest event started at 06:18, peaked at 06:28 as M1.2 and ended at 06:34 UTC.AR 2149 has ‘beta’ magnetic configurati

Moderately strong M3.4 solar flare erupted from eastern limb

Moderately strong M3.4 solar flare erupted from eastern limb

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M3.4 at its peak time erupted on August 21, 2014. The event started 13:19, peaked at 13:31 and ended at 13:42 UTC. The source was new active region located on the eastern limb. If Coronal Mass Ejection was generated by this ev

Filament eruption creates canyon of fire, Earth directed CME

Filament eruption creates canyon of fire, Earth directed CME

Solar filament located in the southern hemisphere erupted at approximately 16:54 UTC on August 15, 2014, and launched a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space and toward our planet. NSO/GONG and SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery observed major portions of a

M2.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2130

M2.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2130

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.0 erupted from Active Region 2130 on August 1, 2014, at 14:48 UTC. The event started at 14:43, peaked at 14:48 and ended at 14:57 UTC. After almost 3 weeks without solar flares of this magnitude, this is now the second M-c

Moderately strong M2.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2130

Moderately strong M2.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2130

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2130 on July 31, 2014, at 11:14 UTC. The event started at 11:01 and ended at 11:21 UTC.Region 2130 has ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic configuration and is located near the

Strong solar flare reaching M6.5 erupted near the northeastern limb

A strong solar flare reaching M6.5 at its peak time erupted from region 2113 located in the northeastern quadrant on July 8, 2014. The event started at 16:06, peaked at 16:20, and ended at 16:30 UTC.This event was associated with a Type IV radio emission. Type

Long duration M1.4 solar flare erupted near the northeast limb

Long duration M1.4 solar flare erupted near the northeast limb

A long duration solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted on July 1, 2014, at 11:23 UTC. The source of this event was AR 2106 (‘beta’) located near the northeast limb. The event started at 11:05, peaked at 11:23 and ended at 11:59 U

Third X-class solar flare in last 24 hours – Impulsive X1.0 from AR 2087

Third X-class solar flare in last 24 hours – Impulsive X1.0 from AR 2087

It seems like the second peak of solar maximum is here. At 09:06 UTC on June 11, 2014, Active Region 2087 located near the southeastern limb erupted with third major solar flare in last 24 hours. This latest event was impulsive X1.0 flare. It started at 08:59, peaked at

Major solar flare reaching X2.2 erupted from southeastern limb

Major solar flare reaching X2.2 erupted from southeastern limb

An impulsive solar flare reaching X2.2 at its peak time erupted on June 10, 2014, generating R3 (Strong) radio blackout. The event started at 11:36, peaked at 11:42 and ended at 11:44 UTC. Source was Active Region 2087 located on the southeastern limb.A large Coron

Impulsive M1.4 solar flare erupted from Region 2080

Impulsive M1.4 solar flare erupted from Region 2080

Impulsive solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted on June 6, 2014 from Active Region 2080. The event started at 19:26, peaked at 19:31 and ended at 19:33 UTC.Active regions 2080 and 2082 both exhibited rapid growth in last 36 hours and are now rotating into

Huge solar filament collapses and causes Hyder flare

Huge solar filament collapses and causes Hyder flare

A huge solar filament, located in the southeast quadrant and stretching across more than 500 000 km, collapsed around 14:30 UTC on June 4, 2014 and hit the solar surface causing a “Hyder flare” – a type of solar flare that occurs without the aid of sunspots.Co

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 2077

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 2077

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time erupted on June 3, 2014. The event started at 03:58, peaked at 04:09 and ended at 04:17 UTC.The source was AR 2077 (S09E15, Cso/beta-gamma) which exhibited growth in its intermediate spots just south of the l

Moderately strong M1.3 solar flare erupted from AR 2065

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time erupted on May 24, 2014. The event started at 18:26, peaked at 18:35 and ended at 18:44 UTC. The source was Active Region 2065 (beta) located near the western limb.A 10cm Radio Burst event with peak flux

Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, filament eruption

Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, filament eruption

Aside from a nice filament eruption and a Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, thus allowing solar material to freely rush in our direction, solar activity has been at low levels during last 30 hours.It is expected to remain low with a chance for M-cl

Moderate eruptions beyond Sun’s western limb, more in the offing

Moderate eruptions beyond Sun’s western limb, more in the offing

Departing region 2051 produced 2 M-class and several C-class solar flares in last 24 hours. Newly numbered Region 2055 showed minor penumbral development in its trailer portion and should be on the watch.At 22:09 UTC on May 6 Region 2051 erupted with M1.0 sola

Moderately strong M1.8 solar flare erupted from western limb

Moderately strong M1.8 solar flare erupted from western limb

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted on May 6, 2014. The event started at 08:41, peaked at 09:03 and ended at 09:21 UTC.The source was Active Region 2051 located on the western limb. CME was not Earth directed. [Updates]Solar wind parame

Increasing threat of strong solar flares, CME hit anticipated

Increasing threat of strong solar flares, CME hit anticipated

Solar activity has been low in last 24 hours, however, that might change today and in the coming days. New Active Region 2051 (S10W44, Dac/beta-gamma-delta) is growing rapidly and is now harboring energy for X-class solar flares. Eruptions from this regio

Major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted behind the west limb

Major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted behind the west limb

Major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted on April 25, 2014 from Region 2035 located behind the western limb. The event started at 00:17, peaked at 00:27, and ended at 00:38 UTC. Because of the location of this region CME was not Earth directed.R3 (strong) Radio Blac

Geoeffective region erupts with moderately strong M1.0 solar flare

Geoeffective region erupts with moderately strong M1.0 solar flare

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.0 erupted from Region 2035 (S17E18, Fkc/beta-gamma) on April 16, 2014. This event started at 19:54, peaked at 19:59 and ended at 20:04 UTC. A Type II Radio Emission with estimated velocity of 1071 km/s was a

Long duration M6.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2027

Long duration M6.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2027

Strong, long duration, solar flare measuring M6.5 erupted from Region 2027 on April 2, 2014. The event started at 13:18, peaked at 14:05 and ended at 14:28 UTC.

A Type II and IV Radio Emission with estimated velocity of 903 km/h were observed

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupted near the western limb

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare erupted near the western limb

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted on March 31, 2014 from Region 2014. The event started at 07:20, peaked at 08:07, and ended at 08:18 UTC.

A Type IV Radio Emission was registered beginning at 08:17 UTC.  Type IV

Major solar flare measuring X1.0 erupted from Region 2017

Major solar flare measuring X1.0 erupted from Region 2017

Major solar flare measuring X1.0 erupted from Region 2017 on March 29, 2014. This event started on 17:35, peaked at 17:48 and ended at 17:54 UTC. Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Wide

Region 2017 unleashed moderately strong M2.6 solar flare

Region 2017 unleashed moderately strong M2.6 solar flare

Region 2017 unleashed a second moderately strong solar flare on March 28, 2014. This event peaked as M2.6 solar flare at 23:51 UTC, and like the previous one (M2.0), it was associated with Type II radiation sweep. Estimated speed of this event was 857

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2017

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2017

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.0 erupted from Region 2017 on March 28, 2014 at 19:18 UTC. A Type II radiation sweep with estimated velocity of 528 km/s was registered at 19:18 UTC. Type II emissions typically indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection is

Glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field expected late on March 25

Glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field expected late on March 25

Active region 2014 (S14E20, Dsc/beta-gamma) produced a long duration C5 solar flare on March 23, 2014 at 03:48 UTC. This flare lasted several hours and thus produced energy equivalent to much stronger flares. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) associated with this event…

Near X-class solar flare and geomagnetic storm – M9.3

Near X-class solar flare and geomagnetic storm – M9.3

Near X-class solar flare reaching M9.3 erupted from departing Sunspot 1996 on March 12, 2013 at 22:34 UTC.

This decaying sunspot is located near eastern limb and generated CME was not geoeffective, however, it produced a R2 (Moderate) Solar Flare Radio Blackout

Solar activity back to moderate levels, M2.5 from Region 1996

After major X4.9 solar flare that erupted on February 25 from Region 1990 [during its 3 rotation on the Earth side of the Sun] we almost had no day without a moderate eruption. Since then, solar observatories recorded 16 M-class solar flares ranging from M1.0 to M3.5. S

Sunspot 1996 produced M3.5 solar flare

Sunspot 1996 produced M3.5 solar flare

Active Region 1996, located in the northern hemisphere, produced moderate  M3.5 solar flare at 03:50 UTC on March 11, 2014. This active region continues to rotate closer towards the northwestwern limb.

SDO’s AIA 304 and EVE with GOES X-ray flux

Powerful X4.9 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1990

Powerful X4.9 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1990

Newly numbered Active Region 1990 produced powerful X4.9 solar flare at 00:49 UTC on February 25, 2014, making it the third largest X-flare event of the current solar cycle. This decaying sunspot is in fact old returning region previously numbered as AR 1967. This is

Geomagnetic storming in progress, M3.0 solar flare from western limb

Geomagnetic storming in progress, M3.0 solar flare from western limb

As forecasted yesterday Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field around 03:00 UTC today. That’s a second CME impact within 24 hours, and another round of auroras.

SWPC issued Geomagnetic K-index of 6 (G2 – Moderate) alert at 05:28

Multiple CMEs observed from central region on the Sun

Multiple CMEs observed from central region on the Sun

Solar activity was at moderate levels in last 24 hours (12:30 UTC). Region 1974 (S13W05, Fsc/beta-gamma-delta) continued to exhibit growth and separation in the intermediate spots, and was responsible for the majority of the flare activity throughout the

Solar activity increased again – M5.2 from central region on the Sun

Solar activity increased again – M5.2 from central region on the Sun

Region 1967 (S13W12, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta) produced three moderate solar flares in last couple of hours. M3.8 was detected at 01:23 UTC, followed by M1.2 at 03:06 UTC and an impulsive M5.2 at 04:00 UTC.

This region is almost directly facing our planet,

10 M-class solar flares erupted in last 2 days, all from one big region

10 M-class solar flares erupted in last 2 days, all from one big region

In last 2 days, since it announced its comeback to Earth view on January 27, Region 1967 (S15E60, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta / formerly known as Region 1944) produced 10 M-class solar flares. Current location of the region is not favorable for Earth directed

Sunspot 1944 unleashed M 1.3 solar flare

Decaying Active Region 1944 erupted impulsive M1.3 solar flare at 21:51 UTC on January 13, 2014. This active region is about to rotate onto the west limb. Active Region 1946 is also about to rotate behind the west limb. Other five visible regions remain

Strong M7.2 solar flare erupted from big central region on the Sun

Strong M7.2 solar flare erupted from big central region on the Sun

Huge central region on the Sun, AR 1944 (Fkc/beta-gamma-delta) erupted with strong solar flare measuring M7.2 at its peak time today. The event started at 10:07, peaked at 10:13 and ended at 10:37 UTC. Region 1944 is the largest and most magnetically complex

Moderate solar activity continues – big sunspot delivers goodies

Moderate solar activity continues – big sunspot delivers goodies

One of the biggest active regions of this solar cycle, AR 1944 (S08E38, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta), responsible for 6 M-class solar flares in last 4 days, is rotating into more geoeffective position.

The largest event it produced so far was a long

Strong M9.9 solar flare erupted from AR 1936

Strong M9.9 solar flare erupted from AR 1936

At 18:52 UTC today (January 1, 2014) strong solar flare measuring M9.9 erupted from Region 1936. R2 Moderate solar radiation storm was reported: area of impact centered primarily on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth, limited blackout of HF

Impulsive solar flare measuring M3.5 erupted from eastern limb

Impulsive solar flare measuring M3.5 erupted from eastern limb

Impulsive solar flare measuring M3.5 erupted on December 19 at 23:19 UTC. The source of the event was centered around new active region in close proximity to AR 1931 located on eastern limb.

This region is not yet in position to cause Earth directed

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupted around AR 1909

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupted around AR 1909

Moderate solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted today from around AR 1909. The event started at 07:17, peaked at 07:29 and ended at 07:49 UTC. Region 1909 (S17W50, Dso/beta) is decreasing in size but maintains some magnetic complexity.

Second moderate solar flare around western limb – M1.0

After an impulsive M1.1 solar flare at 02:23 UTC today, a second M-class solar flare erupted from AR 1904 located around the west limb. The latest event peaked at 12:27 UTC as M1.0 solar flare. No Earth directed CMEs were observed.

Image credits: NOAA SWPC/NASA

Impulsive M1.1 flare erupted around western limb

Impulsive M1.1 flare erupted around western limb

An impulsive M1.1 solar flare was detected around departing Sunspot 1899 at 02:32 UTC on November 23, 2013. The source was actually a newly numbered Region 1904 (N12W60, Dai/beta-gamma). This region appeared to have enough of a separation in SDO HMI/Magnetogram imagery

M1.2 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1893 behind the western limb

M1.2 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1893 behind the western limb

A moderate M1.2 solar flare was detected around sunspot 1893 at 11:11 UTC on November 21, 2013. This active region is now located behind the west limb, so any subsequent coronal mass ejections (CMEs) would be too far west to impact Earth. This same region is

Solar flare reaching X1.0 erupted from southwest limb

Solar flare reaching X1.0 erupted from southwest limb

Solar flare peaking as X1.04 erupted from Sun’s southwest limb at 10:26 UTC on November 19, 2013. This event was observed around ‘beta-delta’ classified AR 1893.

A Type II Radio Emission was registered at 10:24

New AR1897 unleashed moderate M1.4 solar flare

New AR1897 unleashed moderate M1.4 solar flare

Active Region 1897 unleashed moderate M1.4 solar flare on November 13, 2013 at 15:20 UTC. This region has ‘Beta-Gamma’ magnetic configuration and is capable of producing strong eruptions on the Sun. It is still rotating into geoeffective position

Moderate M2.4 solar flare erupted from new region on eastern limb

Moderate M2.4 solar flare erupted from new region on eastern limb

Active Region 1897 emerged yesterday on eastern limb of the Sun and erupted today with long duration M2.4 solar flare at 11:18 UTC. No Earth-directed CME was observed but this region already produced multiple C-class flares today.

The

Major X1.1 solar flare erupted from Earth facing AR 1890

Major X1.1 solar flare erupted from Earth facing AR 1890

Active Region 1890, located almost at the center of the disk, erupted with impulsive X1.1 solar flare at 05:14 UTC on November 10, 2013. A very bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been observed and the bulk mass seems to be heading well south of the

Sunspot 1890 produced powerful X3.3 and three M-class solar flares

New active region 1890 produced yet another strong impulsive flare. Powerful X3.3 solar flare erupted at 22:12 UTC on November 5, 2013. This sunspot group already produced 2 M-class and dozens of C-class solar flares in the past two days.

A Coronal Mass

New active region 1890 produced impulsive M2.5 solar flare

New active region 1890 produced impulsive M2.5 solar flare

After increased solar activity in second half of October, solar activity was down to minor and moderate levels for last couple of days. On November 3, 2013 new sunspot group AR 1890 emerged off the southeastern limb and produced a C9.9 flare at 16:28 UTC.

When

More flaring activity from central region of the Sun

More flaring activity from central region of the Sun

Moderate M1.6 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1884 at 22:21 on November 2, 2013. Active Region 1884 is now located at the center of the visible solar disk and any strong eruptions can generate Earth-directed plasma cloud.

Few hours later, at 05:22 UTC on

Moderate M1.9 solar flare erupted off the southwest limb

Moderate M1.9 solar flare erupted off the southwest limb

Moderate M1.9 solar flare erupted from the vicinity of departuring regions 1879 and 1877 at the southwest limb. This latest event erupted at 13:51 UTC on October 31, 2013.

Solar activity was relatively calm in the past 24 hours compared to strong

Major solar flare reaching X2.3 erupted from AR 1875

Major solar flare reaching X2.3 erupted from AR 1875

A major solar flare reaching X2.3 peaked at 21:54 UTC on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. This event originated from AR 1875 located on the west limb. A Type IV Radio Emission, indicating a strong coronal mass ejection, was associated with the event but since

Unsettled geomagnetic conditions expected as solar activity picks up

Unsettled geomagnetic conditions expected as solar activity picks up

From the start of October, Sun erupted 28 M-class and 3 X-class solar flares, sending the material into the space.

Solar activity is still raising with major X1.0 flare on October 28, 2013 and four moderate M-class flares. While our geomagnetic field is

Major solar flare measuring X1.7 erupted from Region 1882

Major solar flare measuring X1.7 erupted from Region 1882

Following days of increased solar activity newly emerging Active Region 1882 erupted with major solar flare measuring X1.7 on October 25, 2013. The event started at 07:53, peaked at 08:01 and ended at 08:08 UTC.

Emerging Sunspot 1882 produced an M 2.9 solar flare

New sunspot emerging from the southeastern limb, numbered as AR 1882, announced itself with moderate M 2.9 flare at 03:02 UTC on October 25, 2013. The event started at 02:55 UTC, peaked at 03:02 UTC and ended at 03:17 UTC.

A Type II and IV radio emissions were

Increased solar activity continues with multiple M-class solar flares

Increased solar activity continues with multiple M-class solar flares

Only 3 hours after impulsive M 2.7 solar flare, Active Region 1875 erupted multiple solar flares registered as M 1.4 at 23:33 UTC on October 23, 2013 followed by M 3.1 at 00:08 UTC on October 24, 2013. This active region will probably continue with its high

Impulsive M 2.7 flare erupted from AR 1875

Impulsive M 2.7 flare erupted from AR 1875

Impulsive and moderate solar flare registered as M 2.7 erupted from Active Region 1875. The event started at 20:41 UTC, peaked at 20:53 UTC and ended at 20:59 UTC on October 23, 2013.

GOES X-Ray 1 minute flux plot with SDO’s EVE (Credit:

Moderate M1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 1875

Moderate M1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 1875

Beta-Gamma-Delta classified Active Region 1875 delivered short duration M1.0 solar flare on October 22, 2013 at 00:22 UTC. The event started at 00:14 and ended at 00:28 UTC.

This region is now almost at the center of the disk, the perfect

Long duration M1.2 solar flare erupted from Region 1861

Long duration M1.2 solar flare erupted from Region 1861

A long duration solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted at 15:41 UTC on October 17, 2013. The responsible region is “beta-gamma” classified AR 1861 located near the west limb. If CME was generated it would be directed mostly away from

Sunspot 1865 produced an impulsive M1.3 flare

Sunspot 1865 produced an impulsive M1.3 flare

Sunspot 1865 produced an impulsive M1.3 solar flare at 23:36 UTC on October 15, 2013. Due to the location of this region, solar plasma could be Earth-directed. This same sunspot already produced M 1.1 flare earlier in the day. Sunspot 1865 has a

Sunspot 1865 produced an M1.1 flare – possible Earth-directed CME

Sunspot 1865 produced an M1.1 flare – possible Earth-directed CME

In last 24 hours solar activity has been at moderate levels with many C-class flares detected from sunspots 1865, 1861 and from new approaching region behind the east limb. Active Region 1865 produced an M1.1 flare at 09:00 UTC. There are clear dimming

Moderate M1.7 solar flare erupted from geoeffective AR 1865

Moderate M1.7 solar flare erupted from geoeffective AR 1865

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.7 erupted on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event peaked at 00:43 UTC and a Type II Radio Emission was associated. Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the Sun and typically indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection is

Moderate M 1.5 solar flare erupted on northeastern limb

Moderate M 1.5 solar flare erupted on northeastern limb

A long duration solar flare measuring M1.5 at the peak time erupted from region located on Sun’s northeastern limb. The event started at 07:01, peaked at 07:25 and ended at 07:45 UTC on Friday, October 11, 2013. CME was generated, but it is not Earth

Moderate M2.8 solar flare erupted from southeastern limb

Moderate M2.8 solar flare erupted from southeastern limb

New active region, AR1865, located on the southeastern limb of the Sun erupted on October 9, 2013 peaking at 01:48 UTC as moderate M2.8 solar flare. Strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was generated but it was not Earth directed. This region

Large prominence eruption off the northeast limb

Large prominence eruption off the northeast limb

A large prominence located off the northeast limb erupted early on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. A non-Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was associated with the event.There are currently 6 numbered sunspot regions on the disk.1855 – Beta1856 – Beta1857 – Alpha1860

Long duration C1 solar flare erupted with Earth directed CME

Long duration C1 solar flare erupted with Earth directed CME

A long duration C1 solar flare erupted on October 6, 2013 at 14:24 UTC. Coronal Mass Ejection associated with this event is Earth directed. Plasma cloud is forecast to sweep past our planet sometime on October 9 resulting in minor increase in geomagnetic

Large magnetic filament erupted during the late hours of September 29

Large magnetic filament erupted during the late hours of September 29

A large magnetic filament erupted on Sun’s northern hemisphere during the late hours (UTC) of September 29, 2013. The explosion hurled a magnificent Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space and it does look like it has an Earth-directed component.

Prominence eruption and long duration solar flare with Full-Halo CME

Prominence eruption and long duration solar flare with Full-Halo CME

A long duration C-Class solar flare reaching C8.3 erupted on August 30, 2013 peaking at 02:46 UTC. The event started at 02:04 UTC and ended at 04:06 UTC. Associated was Type II and Type IV radio emissions. Type IV emissions occur in association with major

Sungrazing comet and farside full-halo CME

Sungrazing comet and farside full-halo CME

An icy comet with estimated size of few tens of meters plunged into the Sun on August 19/20, 2013 but just before it dissipated, a far-side region on the Sun expelled a magnificent full-halo CME.

Today’s comet belonged to Kreutz Sungrazer family which

Large filament eruption to deliver a glancing blow early Friday

Large filament eruption to deliver a glancing blow early Friday

A large solar filament located in the southern hemisphere lifted off the Sun at about 8:50 UTC on August 20, 2013. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced as the result. Though the majority of Sun’s material is directed south current

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.5 erupted from Region 1817

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.5 erupted from Region 1817

Active Region 1817 erupted with moderate solar flare peaking as M1.5 at 10:41 UTC on August 12, 2013. AR 1817 has Beta magnetic configuration and is located in Sun’s southern hemisphere. It is still growing and rotating into geoeffective position. Any new

An uptick in solar activity on southern hemisphere of the Sun

Southern hemisphere of the Sun is showing an uptick in activity. Beta classified Region 1817 produced an C8.4 solar flare peaking at 21:55 UTC on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This was the largest Earth facing X-ray event since July 8.

NOAA SWPC

Spectacular filament eruption & Earth directed CME – August 6, 2013

Spectacular filament eruption & Earth directed CME – August 6, 2013

A spectacular filament eruption was observed yesterday August 6, 2013 at 02:04 UTC. A strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been seen following this energetic impulsive eruption and it does seem to have an earth-bound component which should impact the

Magnetic pole reversal of the Sun 3 – 4 months away

Magnetic pole reversal of the Sun 3 – 4 months away

As it does approximately every 11 years on a solar cycle, the Sun’s magnetic field is now reversing. Measurements have confirmed that we are about 3 – 4 months away from complete magnetic field reversal when Sun’s inner magnetic dynamo will re-organize itself.

2013 July solar prominences

2013 July solar prominences

This movie provides an overview of nine great solar prominences that were visible in July 2013.

 

Credit: Jan Janssens

Featured image: Solar prominence on July 25, 2013 captured by SDO’s AIA 304 (Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI

Large solar prominence on the northwest limb

Large solar prominence on the northwest limb

A large prominence lifted off the northwest limb on July 21, 2013 and generated a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), directed to the north and away from Earth.

 

STEREO Ahead and STEREO Behind COR2 images show the prominence flaring on July 22, 2013

M1.5 solar flare erupted from Sun's eastern limb

M1.5 solar flare erupted from Sun’s eastern limb

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.5, at its peak time, erupted on July 3, 2013. The event started at 07:00, peaked at 07:08 and ended at 07:18 UTC. The source of the event was probably Beta classified Region 1785 located on the Sun’s eastern limb or the

Weak CME impact and filament channel eruption on the Sun

Weak CME impact and filament channel eruption on the Sun

An interplanetary shock wave hit our planet’s geomagnetic field on June 27, 2013 at approximately 14:20 UTC. Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse was registered at 14:40 UTC. The impact was relatively weak and has not caused a geomagnetic storming so far.

SDO – Comparing solar activity levels

SDO – Comparing solar activity levels

SDO released one-month videos of comparin the Sun’s activity from periods about 2.5 years apart, with remarkable increase in solar activity seen. The video from October, 2010  sets it next to video from May, 2013 in the SDO’s 171 Angstrom wavelength

Impulsive M2.9 solar flare erupted from eastern limb

Impulsive M2.9 solar flare erupted from eastern limb

Moderate M2.9 solar flare erupted at 20:56 UTC on June 23, 2013. The event started at 20:48 UTC and ended at 20:59 UTC. The flare originated from Active Region 1778 that just emerged at eastern limb.

M2.9 solar flare recorded by SDO’s EVE and GOES X-Ray

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.9 erupted from Region 1777

A moderate solar flare registered as M2.9, at the peak time, erupted from Region 1777 on June 21, 2013. The event started at 02:30 and peaked at 03:14 UTC. A Type IV Radio Emission was associated with the event. Type IV emissions occur in association with

Farside eruption generated bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

Farside eruption generated bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

STEREO Ahead COR 2 recorded farside eruption that produced bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). A new active region transiting the farside will rotate into Earthside later this week.This CME was directed away from Earth and pose no danger to our

Moderate solar flare reaching M5.9 erupted from AR 1762

Moderate solar flare reaching M5.9 erupted from AR 1762

Moderate M5.9 solar flare erupted from decaying Actve Region 1762 at 22:49 UTC on June 7, 2013. The event started at 22:11 UTC and ended at 23:04 UTC. This eruption hurled Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space, but considering the location of eruption, the plasma

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 erupted from Region 1762

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 erupted from Region 1762

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.31 erupted from Region 1762 on June 5, 2013. The event peaked at 08:58 UTC. The source was AR 1762 located on the western limb. AR 1762 is still classified with Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration and will soon rotate

M1.0 solar flare erupted from AR 1760

M1.0 solar flare erupted from AR 1760

Impressive M1.0 solar flare erupted at 20:00 UTC on May 31, 2013. Event started at 19:52 UTC and ended at 20:06 UTC. The source of eruption was Active Region 1760. This region is small but appears to have a large amount of shear in the central spot.

M1.0 solar

Old Sunspot 1731 erupted with M1.7 solar flare – May 20, 2013

Old Sunspot 1731 erupted with M1.7 solar flare – May 20, 2013

A moderate solar flare peaking at M1.7 was observed off the east limb around >Returning Sunspot 1731 located off the east limb produced moderate M1.7 solar flare at 05:25 UTC on May 20, 2013. Sunspot 1731 will begin to rotate back into view within the next 24

G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm in progress – May 18, 2013

G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm in progress – May 18, 2013

G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm conditions are now occurring due to the arrival of the CME from May 15, 2013. During G1 Geomagnetic Storm, weak power grid fluctuations can occur, minor impact on satellite operations is possible, aurora is commonly

Another moderate solar flare M3.2 from Region 1748, CME detected

Moderate solar flare measuring M3.2 erupted from Region 1748 on May 17, 2013 peaking at 08:57 UTC. A type II and IV radio emissions were associated with the event. Type IV emissions occur in association with major eruptions on the Sun and are typically

Third major X-class solar flare in 24 hours – X3.2 on May 14, 2013

Third major X-class solar flare in 24 hours – X3.2 on May 14, 2013

Solar activity increased rapidly in the past two days with three M-class and three major X-class solar events. The latest recorded is the strongest flare so far this year, recorded as X3.2 on May 14, 2013 at 01:17 UTC.  This event was associated with Type II and

Filament eruption and moderate M1.9 solar flare – May 12, 2013

Filament eruption and moderate M1.9 solar flare – May 12, 2013

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.9 was registered on May 12, 2013. The source of event was a region located on the eastern side and about to rotate into Earth’s view. This event peaked at 20:31 UTC.

 

In early hours of May 12,

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.3 erupted at 12:56 UTC

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.3 erupted at 12:56 UTC

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 erupted on May 10, 2013 peaking at 12:56 UTC. The source was returning Active Region 1726 which already produced M3.9 flare today making this the second M-class eruption of the day. This same region was the source of large

Impulsive M3.9 solar flare off the eastern limb

Impulsive M3.9 solar flare off the eastern limb

Moderate impulsive solar flare registered as M3.9  erupted from area off the eastern limb, around one of new active regions and old Sunspot 1726, which already produced strong C 9.1 flare few hours earlier. The event started at 00:44 UTC and peaked at 00:57 UTC on

Large prominence eruption and strong C-class solar flare

Large prominence eruption and strong C-class solar flare

Strong solar flare erupted on May 9, 2013 at 22:52 with peak at 23:15 UTC as C9.1 flare, just below M-class threshold. The event was centered around old returning Sunspot 1726. It will be on the visible solar disk in the next 24 hours when it will be designated as

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.4 erupted from Region 1739

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.4 erupted on May 5, 2013 peaking at 17:56 UTC. The source of the event was Region 1739 located near the  eastern limb and classified with Beta-Gamma magnetic field. This is currently most active region on the disk responsible for

Moderate solar flare measuring M1.1 erupted from Region 1731

Moderate solar flare measuring M1.1 erupted from Region 1731

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.1 erupted from Region 1731 on May 2, 2013. The event peaked at 05:10 UTC.  Region 1731 is located near the center of the disk and has Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration capable of producing strong eruptions.

A Type II

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.0 erupted from Region 1726

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.0 erupted from Region 1726

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.0 erupted from Region 1726 on April 22, 2013 at 10:29 UTC. The event started at 10:22, peaked at 10:29 and ended at 10:31 UTC. A Type IV Radio Emission was associated with the event. Type IV radio emissions occur in association

Moderate solar flare reaching M3.3 erupted from Region 1718

Moderate solar flare reaching M3.3 erupted from Region 1718

A moderate solar flare reaching M3.35 erupted on April 12, 2013. The event started at 19:52, peaked at 20:38 and ended at 20:46 UTC. The source of this event is Region 1718 classified with Beta-Gamma magnetic field.The geomagnetic field has been at quiet levels for

M6.5 solar flare erupted from Earth facing Region 1719 – CME produced

M6.5 solar flare erupted from Earth facing Region 1719 – CME produced

A moderate, yet strongest this year so far, solar flare measuring M6.51 erupted on April 11, 2013 at 07:16 UTC. The source of this event is Active Region 1719 located almost in the center of the disk and with Beta-Gamma magnetic field capable of producing strong solar

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on April 5, 2013

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on April 5, 2013

A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on April 5, 2013. The event peaked at 17:48 UTC. The source of this solar flare appears to be old Region 1695 located near the northeast limb. This region is just coming into Earth view. Earth side of the Sun was

M1.6 solar flare erupted at western limb

M1.6 solar flare erupted at western limb

Impulsive M1.6 solar flare erupted from the Active Region 1692 on western limb. Moderate event started at 21:58 UTC and reached peak of M1.6 at 22:04 UTC. SDO’s EVE soft X-ray monitor on the left and SWPC’s X-ray flux monitor on the right show M-class signature

Long duration M1.2 solar flare, Full-Halo Earth directed CME

Long duration M1.2 solar flare, Full-Halo Earth directed CME

Region 1692 erupted with long duration M-class solar flare peaking at 06:50 UTC as M1.2 solar flare on March 15, 2013. The event started at 05:52 and ended at 07:30 UTC. A Full-Halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was observed and it looks to be Earth directed.A 10cm

Long duration C2 solar flare erupted from Region 1690

Long duration C2 solar flare erupted from Region 1690

A long duration C-class solar flare erupted from Region 1690 on March 12, 2013. The event started at 10:17, peaked ad 11:06 as C2.0 flare and ended at 12:25 UTC. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. Region 1690 still has Alpha magnetic configuration, but its

Impulsive M1.2 solar flare erupted from Region 1686

An impulsive M-class solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted from Region 1686 on March 5, 2013. The event started at 07:47, peaked at 07:54 and ended at 07:59 UTC. A Type II Radio Emission was associated. Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the Sun

Full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection on farside of the Sun

Full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection on farside of the Sun

Region 1678 erupted with massive, full-halo, Coronal Mass Ejection around 04:00 UTC on March 5, 2013. The CME will have no effect on Earth as Region 1678 is on farside of the Sun. This old and active region is about to rotate onto the eastern limb by this

Sunspot 1675 generated impulsive M1.9 solar flare

Sunspot 1675 generated impulsive M1.9 solar flare

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.9 erupted from Region 1675 on February 17, 2013. The event started at 15:45, peaked at 15:50 UTC and ended at 15:52 UTC. A 10cm Radio Burst was recorded from 15:47 – 15:51 UTC.Space Weather Message Code: SUM10RSerial Number:

“Dragon Tail” – Huge filament eruption – January 31, 2013

“Dragon Tail” – Huge filament eruption – January 31, 2013

A large filament stretching hundreds of thousands of kilometers erupted on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The eruption lasted about 4 hours and was located in the northeast quadrant of the Sun.The following SDO video shows a variety of views of the break-up of this

Solar prominences on January 23, 2013

Solar prominences on January 23, 2013

Solar activity remained at low levels for the past 24 hours. However, there were two large prominence eruptions on January 23, 2013. First large prominence erupted from the southern limb in early hours, producing south-directed  CME cloud, away from Earth. It was

Sunspot 1654 still dominates the visible solar disk

Sunspot 1654 still dominates the visible solar disk

Active Region 1654 has traveled half across the Earth facing side of the Sun and now is squarely facing Earth. On January 13, this huge sunspot reached its maximum size measured as more than 193 000 km (120, 000 miles) wide long or 15 Earth diameters) from end to

Moderate to high solar activity with possible geomagnetic disturbances

Solar activity has been at moderate to high levels for the past 24 hours. AR1652 produced two M-class and 8 C-class solar flares  in the past 24 hours, and it has rapidly evolved to a compact beta-gamma-delta configuration. This active region erupted M1.0 flare

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from AR 1652

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from AR 1652

A second moderate solar flare erupted on January 13, 2013 from AR 1652. M1.7 solar flare peaked at 08:38 UTC. The event started at 08:35, peaked at 08:38 and ended at 08:40 UTC. Type II and IV radio emissions were associated with the event. Type II emissions occur

Active Region 1652 produced M1.0 solar flare

Active Region 1652 produced M1.0 solar flare

Beta-gamma-delta Active Region 1652 generated M1.0 solar flare at 00:50 UTC on January 13, 2013. Considering the position of Sunspot 1652, which is facing Earth, geoeffective CME is possible. Active Region 1652 (Credit: SDO/The Watchers)  There are

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.0 erupted from AR 1654

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.0 erupted from AR 1654

Active Region 1654 erupted with second M-class solar flare of the day. On January 11, 2013 at 15:07 UTC a moderate solar flare measuring M1.0 was recorded. This latest event started at 14:51, peaked at 15:07 and ended at 15:24 UTC.

Earlier today we had

Impulsive solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted from AR 1654

Impulsive solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted from AR 1654

A moderate but impulsive M-class solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted from big Active Region 1654 on January 11, 2013 at 09:11 UTC. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is expected as ejecta has been observed exiting the blast area.  A Type II and Type IV Radio Emissions were

Large AR 1654 rotating into direct Earth view, C8 solar flare generated

Large AR 1654 rotating into direct Earth view, C8 solar flare generated

Sunspot 1654 produced a long duration C8.0 solar flare at 17:46 UTC on January 10, 2013. Besides C8 event, solar activity remained at low levels. There are currently 9 numbered sunspots with 1652 and 1654 as the largest active regions. Region 1652 is classified as a

“It’s a Loopy Sun” by NASA/SDO

“It’s a Loopy Sun” by NASA/SDO

NASA/SDO released a short video which covers January 5 through 7 and shows the 171 angstroms channel, which is especially good at showing coronal loops – the arcs extending off of the Sun where plasma moves along the magnetic field lines. The brightest spots

Video of New Year’s Eve solar blast

Video of New Year’s Eve solar blast

An incredible swath of plasma erupted from the Sun on December 31st, 2012 over a four-hour period. NASA stated that a massive eruption on the surface of the Sun blasted out a wave of super-hot plasma so high that it could tower over 20 Earth. The length of the

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from Region 1650

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from Region 1650

After a long period of quiet time the Sun has sent us a greetings card today. At 9:31 UTC on January 5, 2013 an M1.7 solar flare peaked from Region 1650. The event started at 9:26, peaked at 9:31 and ended at 9:34 UTC. As of early morning today Region 1650

Low solar activity despite growing Sunspot 1640

Low solar activity despite growing Sunspot 1640

Solar activity has been at low levels for the past 24 hours. The largest solar event  was a C1 flare erupting from Sunspot 1640, observed late on the January 3rd. Sunspot 1640 has developed a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy

Sunspot 1620 generated M2.2 solar flare

Sunspot 1620 generated M2.2 solar flare

Sunspot 1620 produced M2.2 solar flare with peak at 21:36 UTC on November 28, 2012. Fast growing sunspot AR1620 has a beta-gamma-delta magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. M-class activity is also possible from region AR 1618 which has now

Growing Sunspot 1620 produced moderate M1.1 solar flare

Growing Sunspot 1620 produced moderate M1.1 solar flare

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.1 peaked at 21:05 UTC on November 27, 2012. The event originated in Region 1620, and was followed by C7.1 flare two hours later (from the same region).This is second M-class event of the day. Region 1618 already produced M1.6 solar

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.6 erupted from Region 1618

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.6 erupted from Region 1618

After some quiet time Region 1618 erupted with another M-class solar flare. This latest event started at 15:52, peaked at 15:57 UTC at M1.6 and ended at 16:03 UTC on November 27, 2012. Region 1618 still has Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration capable of producing

Fast growing sunspot AR 1620 harbors energy for strong flares

Fast growing sunspot AR 1620 harbors energy for strong flares

Five sunspot groups were reported today by Catania. Sunspots AR 1618 and AR 1620 have beta-gamma-delta and beta-gamma configurations of their photospheric magnetic field, respectively, and are being closely monitored for further flaring activity. NOAA/SWPC forecasters

Sunspot 1618 facing Earth – Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration

Sunspot 1618 facing Earth – Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration

Active Region 1618 keeps evolving and it has now Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration  that harbors energy for M- and X-class eruptions. It produced an M3.5 flare with peak at 15:30 UTC on November 21, related to a halo CME first seen at 16:12 UTC by SOHO’s LASCO

Popping M-class flares – M3.5 solar flare erupted at 15:30 UTC

Popping M-class flares – M3.5 solar flare erupted at 15:30 UTC

Region 1618 is popping one M-class solar flare after another. On November 21, 2012 it erupted with M3.5 solar flare peaking at 15:30 UTC. This is second M-class solar flare of the day, the second M-class from Region 1618 today, and fourth M-class solar flare in last 24

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.6 peaked at 19:28 UTC

Second M-class solar flare of the day – M1.6 peaked at 19:28 UTC

A second M-class solar flare erupted today peaking at M1.6 at 19:28 UTC (November 20, 2012). Data is still coming in but it looks like it originated from Earth directed Region 1618, a Betta-Gamma class Active Region capable of producing strong solar flares.We

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from Sunspot 1611

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 erupted from Sunspot 1611

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 peaked at 12:41 UTC on November 20, 2012. This event originated from Active Region 1611 located on northwest limb and was not Earth directed. NOAA SWPC forecasters estimated there was 30% chance for an M-class event today and 5% for

Large prominence eruption and C8.4 solar flare – November 16, 2012

At 07:51 UTC, November 16, 2012 a C1.4 solar flare peaked from Active Region 1613. About the same time, a large solar prominence was observed off the Sun’s eastern limb. Prominence produced Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), however it does not appear to be Earth directed.

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.8 peaked from Region 1613

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.8 peaked from Region 1613

Moderate solar flare measuring M2.8, at it’s peak, erupted from Region 1613 at 20:54 UTC, November 13, 2012. A 10cm Radio Burst was associated with the event, this can be indicative of significant radio noise in association with a solar flare.This is the same

Third M-class solar flare in a row from Region 1613 – M2.0, M6.0, M2.5

Third M-class solar flare in a row from Region 1613 – M2.0, M6.0, M2.5

Active Region 1613, located in southern hemisphere, produced three M-class solar flares in last 6 hours. At 23:28 UTC, November 12, 2012 it peaked with M2.0 solar flare, then on November 13, 2012 at 02:04 an impulsive M6.0 peaked followed by M2.5 at 05:50 UTC.A Type

While Earth expects CME impact, Sunspot 1613 produced M2.0 solar flare

While Earth expects CME impact, Sunspot 1613 produced M2.0 solar flare

Active region 1613 produced M2.0 solar flare at 23:28 UTC on November 12, 2012. This expanding region is rotating into direct Earth-view position and may produce more activity. Sunspots 1610, 1611 and 1614 are currently the largest sunspots on the visible solar disk.

Sun produced spectacular plasma prominence and backsided M1.0 flare

Sun produced spectacular plasma prominence and backsided M1.0 flare

Solar activity is moderate. Three C-class events were observed overnight and giant plasma filled prominence occurred on the southwest limb. M1.0 solar flare was registered around 02:11 UTC but it was not associated with numbered active region. Amazing plasma filled

Solar filament eruption sent Earth-directed CME

Solar filament eruption sent Earth-directed CME

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was observed on November 9, around 15:24 UTC. It was associated with  filament eruption around sunspot 1608 in the southeast quadrant of the disk. This region is facing  Earth and any  Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) may be geoeffective.

Sun hurled two bright CMEs into space, both non-Earthbound

Sun hurled two bright CMEs into space, both non-Earthbound

New region 1611 rotated into view on the east limb and produced a moderate M1.7 flare at 02:23 UTC and a type II radio sweep shortly after, on November 8, 2012. Flare generated bright coronal mass ejection (CME) in eastward direction which means that it would not

STEREO satellites recorded 8 CME’s over two-day period

STEREO satellites recorded 8 CME’s over two-day period

The Sun produced a series of at least eight coronal mass ejections (CMEs) over a two-day period (November, 2-4, 2012). Some of them overlapped each other as the Sun burst some of them into space in a rapid-fire style. The series was taken by the STEREO Ahead spacecraft

Three CMEs observed on western limb, one could be geoeffective

Three CMEs observed on western limb, one could be geoeffective

Magnetic filament eruption took place beyond the western limb, producing a halo or partial-halo CME on November 3. In fact, three CME clouds were ejected into space, with one appeared to have slight chance to become geoeffective. Minor solar wind stream from

Solar activity – September 1 – 30, 2012 (Video)

The video by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) combines three wavelengths with similar temperatures, highlighting different parts of the solar corona showing the Sun from September 1 through September 30, 2012. The start of the Fall Eclipse Season could be seen, when

Solar activity at low levels with possible Earth-directed CME…

Solar activity at low levels with possible Earth-directed CME…

Solar activity was at low levels for the past 24 hours and X-Ray flux plot shown merely C-class threshold. However, a prominence eruption was observed north of Region 1600.A bright CME was observed in STEREO Ahead COR 2 imagery at 18:24 UTC on October 27. Latest

Sunspot 1598 generated impulsive X1.8 solar flare

Sunspot 1598 generated impulsive X1.8 solar flare

X1.8 solar flare peaked at 03:17 UTC on October 23, 2012 around Active Region 1598, which is still several days away from directly facing Earth from center disk. NOAA/SWPC forecasters estimated 20% chance for another X-class event.Space Weather Message Code:

Moderate solar flare reaching M5.06 took place at 18:51 UTC

Moderate solar flare reaching M5.06 took place at 18:51 UTC

A moderate solar flare reaching M5.06 took place at 18:51 UTC on October 22, 2012. The responsible Region was again 1598. The event started at 18:38, peaked at 18:51 and ended at 19:01 UTC.Space Weather Message Code: SUMXM5Serial Number: 99Issue Time: 2012 Oct 22

M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 1598

M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 1598

A moderate solar flare peaking at M1.38 erupted from emerging Region 1598 on October 21, 2012. This latest M-class eruption started at 19:46, peaked at 20:03 and ended at 20:20 UTC. Region 1598 was the source of yesterdays strong M9 solar flare and is moving into more

Strong solar flare reaching M9.0 took place at 18:14 UTC

Strong solar flare reaching M9.0 took place at 18:14 UTC

A strong solar flare reaching M9.0 took place at 18:14 UTC on October 20, 2012. Sunspot that produced it is rotating into view off the eastern limb. Associated was Type II Radio Emission. Estimated velocity was 516 km/s. Coronal mass ejection (CME) was associated but

NASA SDO – Proliferating Loops, October 14 – 17, 2012

NASA SDO – Proliferating Loops, October 14 – 17, 2012

Dozens of loops gyrated above several active regions as they were rotating into view (Oct. 13 – 17, 2012). When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, the dancing loops of competing and connecting magnetic field lines become visible. Two minor eruptions can be observed

Two moderate M-class solar flares in last 6 hours

Two moderate M-class solar flares in last 6 hours

Sunspot region about to rotate into view off the southeast limb produced an M1.7 solar flare at 23:31 UTC on October 9, 2012. Just few hours later, at 5:04 UTC (October 10, 2012) the same region produced another M-class event peaking at M1.02. Geomagnetic

Moderate solar activity – M2.3 solar flare, G2 geomagnetic storm

Moderate solar activity – M2.3 solar flare, G2 geomagnetic storm

Moderate solar activity has been observed during the past 24 hours. M2.3 solar flare was triggered by an Active Region behind the eastern limb around 11:17 UTC. Three C flares occurred during the day producing two CMEs, observed by LASCO C2/C3 coming off the east

Long duration C3.7 solar flare erupted with Earth directed CME

A long duration C3 class solar flare erupted from Active Region 11577 peaking at 23:55 UTC September 27, 2012. The flare has produced a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) which is expected to impact the Earth’s magnetic field sometime late September 29, 2012. Proton levels

Solar prominence observed at eastern limb

Solar prominence observed at eastern limb

Solar activity was at low levels. The largest event during last 48 hours was a long duration C1 solar flare with a large prominence erupted on September 23 around 15:56 UTC from an area behind the eastern limb. It produces CME cloud with no threat to Earth.Some

Several strong solar flares and CME’s seen at farside

Several strong solar flares and CME’s seen at farside

At least three large CME clouds were observed during last 24 hours but all of them were at far side so there is no danger for Earth, they are heading away from our planet. Old Sunspot 1564 was probably source of the flares. STEREO Behind COR2 recorded bright flash with

Sun produced great solar filament eruption

Sun produced great solar filament eruption

Solar activity is expected to be low with a slight chance for M-class flares for the next three days, mainly from Region 1569. NOAA/SWPC estimates 20% chances of M-class solar flare. Region 1564 is crackling with C-class flares.The geomagnetic field was mostly quiet

Sunspot 1564 unleashed another solar flare reaching M1.2

Sunspot 1564 unleashed another solar flare reaching M1.2

Sunspot 1564 produced M1.2 solar flare at 22:36 UTC on September 9. It is not appeared to be Earth-directed.Another M class event was recorded day earlier. Sunspot 1564 produced an M1.4 long duration flare peaking at 17:59 UTC on September 8. CACTus reported

Moderate solar flare M1.6 peaked at 04:13 UTC

Moderate solar flare M1.6 peaked at 04:13 UTC

Sunspot 1560 erupted with moderate solar flare reaching M1.6 on September 6, 2012. Peak of this event was at 04:13 UTC. Large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is not

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 peaked at 12:11 UTC

Moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 peaked at 12:11 UTC

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.3 peaked on August 30, 2012. This event started at 12:02, peaked at 12:11 UTC and ended at 12:14. The source of this solar flare was new sunspot rotating into view off the eastern limb.There is 15% chance of another M-class, and 1%

Two more M-class events from Region 1548 – M 1.8 and M 2.0

Two more M-class events from Region 1548 – M 1.8 and M 2.0

After today’s strong M5.5 solar flare at 01:02 UTC another two moderate class solar flares erupted. On August 18, 2012 at 03:23 UTC new Active Region 1548 erupted with M1.8 solar flare followed by M2.0 at 16:27 UTC.More M-class events are expected from Region 1548.

New active region produced strong M5.5 solar flare

New active region produced strong M5.5 solar flare

A new Active Region off the northeastern limb is really active and is crackling with M-class solar flares. Latest strong solar flare, reaching M5.5, occurred at 01:02 UTC on August 18. It did not produce Earth-directed CME.New active region is numbered as 1547

The second M-Class flare today around the new active region

The second M-Class flare today around the new active region

The second M-class solar flare occurred today off the northeast limb at 17:20 UTC. It was measured as low-level M1.0 flare. The M1 flare was accompanied by a short duration Tenflare (10 cm Radio Burst) at levels of 140 sfu.  It is a second M-class solar  flare

Impulsive M2.4 solar flare peaked at 13:19 UTC

Impulsive M2.4 solar flare peaked at 13:19 UTC on August 17, 2012. The event started at 13:12 (B2.8) and ended at 13:23  (M1.0). The flare was centered around a new active region off the northeastern limb. This region is turning into view

Sun released long-duration C3 solar flare and CME

Sun released long-duration C3 solar flare and CME

Solar activity was low for the last several days. Sunspot Region 1543 produced a long-duration C3 flare at 13:16 UTC on August 16. This flare was accompanied by Type II (704 km/s) and Type IV radio emissions and a coronal mass ejection (CME). Type II emissions occur

Moderate solar flare – M1.6 peaked at 4:38 UTC Monday morning

Moderate solar flare – M1.6 peaked at 4:38 UTC Monday morning

After low solar activity the Sun erupted today with a moderate solar flare. This latest event started at 04:33 and peaked at 04:38 UTC Monday, August 6, 2012 with M1.6 solar flare. The source of this event was probably a new region now about to rotate into view off the

Region 1536 erupted with M1.1 solar flare

Region 1536 erupted with M1.1 solar flare

New Active Region 1536 erupted with moderate solar flare today. The event peaked at 15:48 UTC on July 30, 2012 measuring M1.1. This is first M-class solar flare from Region 1536.At 14:03 UTC today Region 1532 (S19E14) erupted with C8.8 flare. Analysis with

Sun unleashed M2.3 solar flare

Sun unleashed M2.3 solar flare

Sunspot AR1532 is crackling with M-class solar flares. After strong M6.1 solar flare on July 28 at 20:56 UTC, it generated another M-class solar flare on July 29 at 06:22, this time measuring M2.3.The sunspot is still too far off the disk center to be very

Region 1532 unleashed another M-class solar flare – M6.1

Region 1532 unleashed another M-class solar flare – M6.1

On July 28, 2012 at 20:56 UTC Region 1532 unleashed M6.1 solar flare. The solar flare did genarate Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) it does not look Earth directed. The sunspot is still too far off the disk center to be very geoeffective. This will change in the following

Region 1532 erupted with M2.7 solar flare

Region 1532 erupted with M2.7 solar flare

On July 27, 2012 emerging Region 1532 unleashed an M-class solar flare. This latest event started at 17:17 and peaked at 17:26 UTC as M2.7 solar flare.  It does not look like it produced a substantial CME and even if it did it was not Earth directed.A Type IV

Region 1520 sends another M-class solar flare – M7.7 not Earth directed

Region 1520 sends another M-class solar flare – M7.7 not Earth directed

Region 1520 is still very active and located on the western limb. Latest event from this Sunspot started on July 19, 2012 at 05:13 and peaked at 5:58 UTC at M7.7. It looks like strong CME was released but since 1520 is located on the western limb it was not be Earth

Two new M-class flares and geomagnetic storming in progress

Two new M-class flares and geomagnetic storming in progress

One of the largest Sunspots of the current cycle is rotating into position for Earth directed Solar Flares. Sunspot 1520 has a Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic configuration and may produce an X-Class flare. M1.1 flare at 05:10 UTC was followed up with a M2.0 flare at 06:27

Strong solar flare reaching M6.9 took place at 16:32 UTC

Notorious Sunspot 1515 produced yet another strong M-class solar flare. This event started at 16:23 UTC on July 8, 2012, peaked 16:32 UTC at M6.9 and ended at 16:42 UTC. Sunspot 1515 is about to rotate to western limb so huge CME it has produced was not Earth

Welcome to active solar July! X-flare, geomagnetic storming, new sunspots

Welcome to active solar July! X-flare, geomagnetic storming, new sunspots

As expected, a giant sunspot AR1515 unleashed a strong X1.1 solar flare on July 6th at 23:08 UTC. This event triggered a 10cm Radio Burst and a Type IV Sweep Frequency Event. Preliminary analysis indicates the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) associated with this event is

Major solar flare reaching X1.1 peaked at 23:08 UTC

Major solar flare reaching X1.1 peaked at 23:08 UTC

As we got used to M-class and waited a day to pass to report an overview of July 6, 2012 a major solar flare peaked. At 23:08 a major solar flare reaching X1.1 peaked. The flare was centered around Sunspot 1515.Strong R3 radio blackout was reported.Potential

Two more M-class events from Sunspot 1515 – M2.4 and M 2.2

Two more M-class events from Sunspot 1515 – M2.4 and M 2.2

After fifth moderate solar flare on July 4th, reaching M4.6, increased solar activity continues. Very active region 1515 produced two more M-class solar flares. At 01:10 UTC it generated M2.4 solar flare and only hour later, at 02:42 it generated M2.3 solar

Solar activity increased to high levels – July 4, 2012 summary

Solar activity increased to high levels – July 4, 2012 summary

Lot’s of solar flares today… and just when you think it’s over a moderate solar flare reaching M4.6 peaks at 22:09 UTC. That was fifth M-class solar flare for the day.  The source of this latest eruption was Region 1514.Moderate to Strong solar flares are now

Restless Region 1515 just produced an M-class solar flare again

Restless Region 1515 just produced an M-class solar flare again

After series of C-class flares, for last couple of hours, Region 1515 just produced another M-class solar flare. On July 4, 2012 an M2 solar flare peaked at 04:37 UTC. The event started at 04:37 and ended at 04:45 UTC.A Type IV radio emission was measuered.Type IV

Moderate to high solar activity for beginning of July

Moderate to high solar activity for beginning of July

Sprawling Sunspot Cluster 1515 is now directly facing the Earth. This region is responsible for generating at least 5 M-Class solar flares within the past few days, including M5.6 and M3.8 events on Monday. So far on Tuesday, numerous C-Class flares have been detected

Another M-class solar flare peaked at 20:07 UTC – M3.8

Another M-class solar flare peaked at 20:07 UTC – M3.8

Sunspot 1515 just produced another M-class solar flare. The event started 19:59, peaked 20:07 at M3.8 and ended at 20:13 UTC, July 2, 2012. This large Sunspot cluster could generate a major solar flare within the next couple of days.This is a second M-class solar

Solar flare reaching M5.6 took place at 10:52 UTC

Solar flare reaching M5.6 took place at 10:52 UTC

An M-class solar flare reaching M5.6 peaked at 10:52 UTC on July 2, 2012 from Region 1515. An R2 Moderate radio blackout was reported. This event generated a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) along with a Type II Sweep Frequency Event. This region is in a great location for

M2.8 solar flare peaked at 19:18 UTC

M2.8 solar flare peaked at 19:18 UTC

Region 1513 (N16E03) produced an M2.8 solar flare on July 01, 2012 at 19:18 UTC.Region 1513 did not show any significant growth or decay during the period of June 31 – July 1. Region 1515 (S17E17) continued to grow in areal coverage and is now 850 millionths.

A moderate M1.6 solar flare around Sunspot 1513

A moderate M1.6 solar flare around Sunspot 1513

Sunspot AR1513 is crackling with impulsive M-class solar flares. A moderate solar flare reaching M1.6 took place at 18:32 UTC Saturday afternoon. The flare was centered around Sunspot 1513. This is second M-class solar flare today.The geomagnetic field is

Sunspot 1513 generated M1.0 solar flare

Sunspot 1513 generated M1.0 solar flare

Sunspot 1513 produced a quick M1.0 solar flare at 12:52 UTC on June 30. Sunspots 1513 and 1515 have Beta-Gamma magnetic configurations that harbors energy for strong solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of continued M-flares during the next 24 hours

Sunspot 1513 released M2.4 solar flare

Sunspot 1513 released M2.4 solar flare

Solar activity is now at moderate levels with a short duration M2.4 Solar Flare around Sunspot 1513 located in the northeast quadrant on June 28. This region continues to show signs of growth. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections was released. There is R1 Radio

Dynamic Earth – watch how solar storms affect our planetary system

Dynamic Earth – watch how solar storms affect our planetary system

The dramatic science behind the Sun’s powerful coronal mass ejections and their interactions with the Earth’s magnetosphere and climate is now can be viewed now in this newly released video from NASA. In this animation, you can watch as the particles from the solar

Double CME targets Earth

Double CME targets Earth

A fast-moving CME that left the Sun on June 14th is expected to scoop up another CME already en route and deliver a double-blow to Earth’s magnetic field on June 16th. Weak-to-moderate geomagnetic storms are possible when the clouds arrive.A long duration solar

Another long duration solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1504 – M1.9

Another long duration solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1504 – M1.9

Another long duration, moderate, M1.9 solar flare  erupted from Sunspot 1504 on June 14, 2012. A 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) was recorded measuring 1400sfu and lasted for 103 minutes. The plasma cloud generated looks to be Earth directed and may impact Earth by

Long duration solar flare eruption measuring M1.2 took place at 13:10 UTC

Long duration solar flare eruption measuring M1.2 took place at 13:10 UTC

A long duration solar flare eruption measuring M1.2 took place at 13:10 UTC Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The flare was centered around Sunspot 1504. Associated was Type IV Radio Emission and a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare).  The event lasted nearly 2 hours. Sunspot 1504

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare peaked on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 06:45 UTC

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare peaked on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 06:45 UTC

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.3 peaked at 06:45 UTC on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The event started at 06:39, peaked at 06:45 and ended at 06:50. This is third solar flare in last 24 hours.New Sunspots 1504 and 1505 were numbered yesterday and are located next to

Second M-class solar flare today – M1.8 peaked at 16:53 UTC

Second M-class solar flare today – M1.8 peaked at 16:53 UTC

A second moderate solare flare reaching M1.8 peaked at 16:53 UTC (June 9, 2012).  This second one also comes from the new sunspot rotating into view in the southeast qudrant. SWPC is predictiong 25% chance for M-class solar flares and 0.1% chance for X-class

M1.9 solar flare peaked at 11:32 UTC on Saturday, June 9, 2012

M1.9 solar flare peaked at 11:32 UTC on Saturday, June 9, 2012

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.9 was detected around the new sunspot rotating into view in the southeast qudrant. The event started at 11:20, peaked at 11:32 and ended at 11:35 on Saturday, June 9, 2012 UTC.Solar activity continues at low levels heading into

2 months of live feed of the sun by GOES-15

2 months of live feed of the sun by GOES-15

2 months of live feed of the Sun recorded from NASA GOES-15 SXI  from March 28 to May 28, 2012Music: Chopin – Nocturne in E flat major Op. 9, No.

M5.1 solar flare generated S2 solar radiation storm

M5.1 solar flare generated S2 solar radiation storm

A strong solar flare reaching M5.1 took place at 01:47 UTC Thursday morning. The flare was centered around Sunspot 1476 near the northwest limb. A bright CME was generated but because of the spots location, the plasma cloud will be headed mostly to the west.The

Solar activity update for May 12: Full halo CME observed at 00:00h UTC

Solar activity update for May 12: Full halo CME observed at 00:00h UTC

Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from May 11/21:00 UTC to May 12/21:00 UTC: Solar activity has been at low levels for the past 24 hours. Region 1476 (N11W18) continues to be the source region for a majority of the flares, producing nine C-class flares,

Solar activity update for May 10, 2012 – M5.7, M1.7

Solar activity update for May 10, 2012 – M5.7, M1.7

A strong solar flare reaching M5.7 was detected around Sunspot 1476 and peaked at 04:18 UTC on Thursday, May 10, 2012. This event generated a 10cm Radio Burst.TenFlare – a 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the

Three M-class flares from Region 1476 on May 9, 2012

Three M-class flares from Region 1476 on May 9, 2012

Region 1476, now poised just to the east of center on the solar disk, produced an impulsive R1(Minor) Radio Blackout at 12:32 UTC (8:32 EDT) – M4.7 solar flare peaking at 12:32 UT then an M1.8 peaking at 14:08 UTC on May 09, 2012. The region is quite prominent,

Sunspot 1476 unleashed a pair of M-Class flares in last 24 hours

Sunspot 1476 unleashed a pair of M-Class flares in last 24 hours

Solar activity is now at moderate levels and is increasing. New and active Sunspot 1476 rotated into view off the northeast limb and has so far produced a pair of M-Class flares within the past 24 hours. There will continue to be a chance for another moderate solar

M1.4 solar flare and new large sunspot group

M1.4 solar flare and new large sunspot group

A low-level M-Class flare reaching M1.4 just took place around Sunspot 1476 at 13:23 UTC. Solar winds flowing from coronal holes should reach Earth on May 9-10.A new and fairly large Sunspot continues to rotate into view off the northeast limb. This region has

Sunspot 1466 released M1 solar flare

Sunspot 1466 released M1 solar flare

Sunspot 1466 located in the northern hemisphere, produced an M1.0 Solar Flare at 08:24 UTC Friday morning. Despite all of the Sunspots this month, this was only the second M-Class flare in April.NOAA/SWPC issued R1 Radio Blackout alert which means that satellite

Farside blast, Southeast limb prominence, CME, Geomagnetic storming

Farside blast, Southeast limb prominence, CME, Geomagnetic storming

For more than a week, solar activity has been low. Today, around 0600 UT, an active region on the farside of the sun broke the calm with a powerful eruption. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a massive cloud of plasma flying over the southwestern

A mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is underway

A mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is underway

This is the third day in a row that geomagnetic storms have circled the poles. A mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is underway. It looks like it subsiding now. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. The source of this activity is a high-speed solar wind

Subsided geomagnetic storm, new incoming CMEs

Subsided geomagnetic storm, new incoming CMEs

Sunspot AR1465 has developed a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Because of the sunspot’s location near the middle of the solar disk, any eruptions will likely be Earth-directed.Earth’s magnetic field is quieting after

Sun-diving comet and Earth directed CME

Sun-diving comet and Earth directed CME

A Sun-Diving was caught on the Soho satellite feed April 23rd, shortly after the comet’s death plunge a large Halo coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed and appears to have earth directed components. Impact on the earths magnetic field is expected sometime April

New sunspot formation

New sunspot formation

Solar activity is near moderate levels with C-Class flares being detected around a new sunspot that was quickly formed in the southern hemisphere on Tuesday and was numbered 1462.. Another region is forming just to the west of that location and is currently producing

Spectacular M1.7 solar flare at northeastern limb

Spectacular M1.7 solar flare at northeastern limb

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 took place at 17:45 UTC on April 16th. The eruption was centered around a returning region near the northeast limb. It was  one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years according to SpaceWeather.com. Generated CME was

A pair of CMEs on the farside

A pair of CMEs on the farside

A pair of Coronal Mass Ejections are now visible in the latest STEREO Ahead COR2 images. The source of the first CME was located on the farside of the Sun. The second plasma cloud was the result of a filament liftoff near Sunspot 1450. The plasma cloud appears to be

Return of Sunspot 1429 only day ahead – Still very active on farside

Return of Sunspot 1429 only day ahead – Still very active on farside

Return of the Sunspot 1429 to Earth side is due in evening hours of March 28th by UTC, meaning further increase of an M-class event.Sunspot 1429 produced a number of significant and strong solar flares during mid March and is still very active. On March 26th

Big Sunspot 1429 still erupting, Sunspots 1445 and 1444 pose a new threat

Big Sunspot 1429 still erupting, Sunspots 1445 and 1444 pose a new threat

In morning of March 24, a near M-Class flare took place around Sunspot 1445 at around 08:50-09:00 UTC. There was a gap in data on the GOES X-Ray Flux graph, however it was picked up on the EVE Diode X-Ray signal. Comparing it to yesterday’s M1.0, it looks like this

Returning Sunspot 1431 produced moderate M1 solar flare

Returning Sunspot 1431 produced moderate M1 solar flare

Old Sunspot 1431 is now rotating back into view off the southeast limb and is also producing solar flares. So far this afternoon it produced a minor C6.5 flare, followed by a moderate M1.0 event at 19:40 UTC. Various small sunspots did form including regions 1441, 1442

Sunspot 1429 blasted another CME while transiting the farside of the Sun

Sunspot 1429 blasted another CME while transiting the farside of the Sun

Old Sunspot 1429 continues to be active while transiting the farside of the Sun. This morning (March 21, 2012), AR1429 produced a solar flare which resulted in a bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). SOHO photographed the cloud expanding at 1550 km/s (3.5 million

Farside eruption on Sun’s northwestern limb

Farside eruption on Sun’s northwestern limb

Old sunspot AR1429 is still very active as it transits the far side of the sun. During the early hours of March 18th it produced a spectacular solar flare, blasted away from northwestern limb. Earth will not be affected by the CME cloud.Joint USAF/NOAA Report of

Sunspot 1434 unleashed M1.3 solar flare

Sunspot 1434 unleashed M1.3 solar flare

Sunspot 1434 located in the southern hemisphere, produced a rapid M1.3 Solar Flare at 20:39 UTC on March 17, 2012. A Type II Sweep Frequency Event with a velocity of 1140 km/s was detected as well. Analysis of the M1.3 flare is ongoing to determine if it was

What does a solar storm sound like?

What does a solar storm sound like?

To get an idea what does a solar storm sound like, a University of Michigan researcher has created a “sonification” of measurements from two spacecraft during the most recent storm. The researcher who created it is Robert Alexander, a University of Michigan de

Strong solar flare reaching M7.9 peaked on March 13 2012

Strong solar flare reaching M7.9 peaked on March 13 2012

Sunspot 1429 unleashed another M-class solar flare around 17:41 UTC. A strong flare reaching M7.9 produced an R2 Radio Blackout on the sunlit side of the Earth. Type II Radio Emission with a velocity of 1366 km/s was detected. Type II emissions occur in

Sunspot 1429 unleashed M8.4 solar flare on March 10 peaking at 17:44 UTC

Sunspot 1429 unleashed M8.4 solar flare on March 10 peaking at 17:44 UTC

Sunspot 1429 unleashed another strong M class solar flare today. Currently measured at M8.4 solar flare peaked at 17:44 UTC. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. Further analysis will be done as imagery becomes available, however initial analysis

M6.3 solar flare, geomagnetic storm still in progress

M6.3 solar flare, geomagnetic storm still in progress

Sunspot 1429  just produced a strong M6.3 Solar Flare. AR 1429 is now located in the center of the visible solar disk so this solar flare and its CME is heading straight toward Earth. The Bz Component of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) is pointing south and

Incoming CME clouds and solar storm levels – updates and explanations

Incoming CME clouds and solar storm levels – updates and explanations

Two major X-class solar flares (X5.4 and X1.3) produced direct Full halo plasma cloud which is heading toward Earth. The solar wind is expected to increase to over 800 km/s, resulting with strong geomagnetic storming on March 8th. You can see the CME forecast track on

Major X1.1 solar flare peaked around Sunspot 1429 on March 5th, 2012

Major X1.1 solar flare peaked around Sunspot 1429 on March 5th, 2012

Earth orbiting satellites have detected an X1.1-class solar flare from sunspot AR1429 that produced a bright CME and resulted with strong R3 Level Radio Blackout. The flare peaked at 04:13 UTC on March 5th. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is now seen in the

Long duration M2.0 solar flare peaked today producing Earth directed CME

Long duration M2.0 solar flare peaked today producing Earth directed CME

At 10:45 UTC Sunday morning, March 4, 2012, a long duration M2.0 solar flare peaked and generated Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The latest blast was again centered around Sunspot 1429 located in the northeast quadrant. A 46 minute long 10cm Radio Burst,

Moderate M3.3 solar flare at northeast limb

Moderate M3.3 solar flare at northeast limb

A new and active Sunspot is now rotating into view on the northeast limb. It produced a moderate M3.3 solar flare at 17:45 UTC on Friday afternoon. All of the other current regions have been stable since the C3.3 flare around 1423 on Thursday. The new and active

Solar filament channel eruption and aurora forecast

Solar filament channel eruption and aurora forecast

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is seen in the latest STEREO Ahead COR2 images on Thursday morning, and the source appears to be a filament channel eruption near region 1419 in the northwest quadrant. After a close look, the expanding cloud appears to be directed mostly

Return of the old Sunspot 1402

Return of the old Sunspot 1402

After two-week long transit around the far side of the Sun, Sunspot 1402 has returned into view in the northeast quadrant. Sunspot 1402 is now re-numbered as Sunspot 1419. This region is smaller than it was before, after two weeks of decay. On January 27 it unleashed

Solar activity is picking up again

Solar activity is picking up again

Explosion of dark magnetic filament occurs over the northeastern limb during the late hours of February 9th. Explosion generated a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) that is heading toward Venus as it seems. Fortunatelly, this CME is not Earth-directed. Sunspot

Intensified solar activities – M1 solar flare and space directed CME

Intensified solar activities – M1 solar flare and space directed CME

Solar activities intensified again yesterday with bright coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by M1 solar flare.  Sunspot 1410 located in the northwest quadrant produced a moderate solar flare, reaching M1.0 at 20:00 UTC Monday afternoon. The flare was about an hour

Auroras seen around parts of the Arctic Circle

Auroras seen around parts of the Arctic Circle

Earth passed through a minor solar wind stream on Feb. 4-5. The weak impact of the solar wind was just enough to spark auroras around parts of the Arctic Circle. The effects of the solar wind are subsiding, and the auroras might disappear into the moonlight for the

Sunspot 1402 still active – Farside eruption

Sunspot 1402 still active – Farside eruption

Sunspot AR1402, the source of last week’s X-flare and many beautiful auroras, is on the farside of the sun now. Although we can’t see it, the active region is still erupting. Bellow is the video showing coronal mass ejection flying over the sun’s western limb. Click

S2 radiation storm generated by X1.7 solar flare in progress

S2 radiation storm generated by X1.7 solar flare in progress

Sunspot 1402 located on the northwest limb, produced a major X1.7 Solar Flare at 18:37 UTC Friday afternoon. Solar activity is now expected to be very low as 1402 rotated onto the western limb and is now out of direct Earth view. All remaining current visible regions

X1.7 solar flare – the 7th largest in Solar Cycle 24

X1.7 solar flare – the 7th largest in Solar Cycle 24

Earth-orbiting satellites detected a powerful X1.7 solar flare today, January 27, at 18:37 UTC. The source was departing sunspot 1402 which rotate onto the far side of the sun, so the blast site was not Earth directed. Goddard Space Weather Lab’s analysists say the

Increased solar activity after strongest solar radiation storm since 2006

Increased solar activity after strongest solar radiation storm since 2006

Growing Sunspot 1402 erupted in morning of January 23, 2012 around 04:00 UTC, producing a long-duration M8.7 solar flare. Each category for x-ray flares (B,C,M,X) has nine subdivisions ranging from  C1 to C9, M1 to M9, and X1 to X9. This one ranks M9, which is only

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field and this is causing geomagnetic storm. A coronal mass ejection (CME) The Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) reported on Jan 19, finally impacted our geomagnetic field with a glancing blow early this morning.hit

M3.2 solar blast from Sunspot 1402 produced Earth-directed CME

M3.2 solar blast from Sunspot 1402 produced Earth-directed CME

The long-duration blast at active region 1402 produced M3.2 solar flare and CME which is heading toward Earth. This was two-wave flare and first CME wave was overtaken by the 2nd wave due to its higher speed velocity.The major bulk of the plasma cloud appears to be

New sunspot regions turning earthwards

New sunspot regions turning earthwards

A very long in duration C6.4 event was detected around Sunspot 1402 in the northeast quadrant. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced, but is directed to the north and east. Most of the magnetic activity in this event appears to be above the actual

A long-duration C3 solar flare at the Sun’s farside

NASA’s STEREO-Behind spacecraft observed a significant eruption on the farside of the sun today. Although the blast was eclipsed by the edge of the solar disk, it nevertheless produced a long-duration  C3 solar flare detectable from Earth. The blast site is not far

Recent solar activity

Recent solar activity

Sunspot 1393 is growing rapidly, more than tripling in area since Friday. So far, however, the active region has not produced any strong flares. Solar activity remains low.Solar activity increased somewhat, with a solar flare detected around Sunspot 1386 off the

Eruption on farside solar western limb

Eruption on farside solar western limb

Sunspot 1384, currently located just behind the sun’s western limb, erupted today around 14:45 UTC. It registered as a long duration C2.4 flare and it appears to be connected to magnetic filaments snaking over the horizon to the Earthside of the sun. This event

New large sunspot rotating Earthward on the eastern limb

New large sunspot rotating Earthward on the eastern limb

A new large sunspot is now rotating into view on the eastern limb. It just produced a minor C6.7 Solar Flare at 22:26 UTC Tuesday evening. Solar activity was moderate on Monday with one M-Class flare detected around Sunspot 1387. Numerous C-Class events were

M-class flare events with Earth and Mars-directed CMEs

M-class flare events with Earth and Mars-directed CMEs

Sunspot 1387 produced another M-Class flare, this time peaking at M1.5. This latest solar flare took place at 02:27 UTC Monday morning and indicates the potential for bigger things to come.New sunspot 1387 erupted during the late hours of Christmas Day, producing an

An erupting cloud of plasma eclipsed by a dark magnetic filament

An erupting cloud of plasma eclipsed by a dark magnetic filament

Last night, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observed an unusual event on the sun: An erupting cloud of plasma was eclipsed by a dark magnetic filament.The source of the explosion is a farside active region due to turn toward Earth in a few days. For now,

Sunspot 1363 subsiding, solar activity remains low

Sunspot 1363 subsiding, solar activity remains low

After three days of meteoric growth, sunspot AR1363 has reversed course and is beginning to decay. As its magnetic field relaxes, the active region poses a subsiding threat for strong flares. It’s not dead yet, though, as this snapshot shows: There is still a slim

Large solar prominence off northwest limb today

Large solar prominence off northwest limb today

A magnetic filament rapidly erupted on the sun today. Between 10:30 and 11:30 UTC, observers in Europe watched tendrils of hot plasma rocket away from the sun’s NW limb. Debris from the explosion is not expected to hit Earth according to SpaceWeather. Solar

Solar activity at start of December

Solar activity at start of December

With no strong flares this week, the sun’s x-ray output has nearly flatlined. The solar activity is quiet and is expected to continue for another 24+ hours. NOAA forecasters estimate a mere 20% chance of M-class solar flares.C-Class flares continue to be detected

Solar prominence about 7 times the size of Earth occured on eastern limb

Solar prominence about 7 times the size of Earth occured on eastern limb

With no sunspots producing strong flares, the sun is officially quiet. But although the sun is officialy “quiet” multiple C-Class flares have been detected within the past 24 hours. C-Class flares continue to be detected around various locations on the visible solar

Earth currents in Norway caused by solar wind stream

Earth currents in Norway caused by solar wind stream

A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field and this is causing electrical currents to flow in the Earth itself at high latitudes.Rob Stammes sends this report from the Polar Light Center in Lofoten, Norway to SpaceWeather.com “Today, a magnetic

Subsiding solar activity, small chances for M-class flares

Subsiding solar activity, small chances for M-class flares

Two new regions rotated into view on the eastern limb and were numbered 1363 and 1364 on Tuesday. Numerous low level C-Class flares have been detected within the past 24 hours around Sunspot 1362 and new Sunspot 1363.Region 1361 in the northern hemisphere is now

Sunspots connected by sinuos filaments of magnetism

Sunspots connected by sinuos filaments of magnetism

A line of sunspots stretching across the sun’s northern hemisphere appears to be an independent sequence of dark cores. A telescope tuned to the red glow of solar hydrogen, however, reveals something different. The sunspots are connected by sinuous filaments of

Subsiding radiation storm as new pair of CMEs taking place

Subsiding radiation storm as new pair of CMEs taking place

A radiation storm that began on Nov. 26th when a magnetic filament erupted on the sun is subsiding. Nevertheless, the Earth-effects are just beginning. The same explosion that caused the radiation storm also hurled a CME into space at about 930 km/s (2 million mph).

Solar radiation storm in progress

Solar radiation storm in progress

A solar radiation storm is in progress around Earth. At the moment, the storm is classified as minor, which means it has little effect on Earth other than to disturb HF radio transmissions at high latitudes. Energetic protons, which make up the bulk of the storm,

Black Friday solar eclipse

Black Friday solar eclipse

Earlier today, Nov. 25th, the new Moon passed in front of the sun, slightly off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible from Antarctica, Tasmania, and parts of South Africa and New Zealand. Maximum coverage occurred about 100 miles off the coast of

Beautifull auroras and the interplanetary magnetic field

Beautifull auroras and the interplanetary magnetic field

Officially, the odds of a geomagnetic storm on Nov. 24th were small but dedicated aurora watchers still had some opportunity to take some nice images of beautifull sky game. Auroras have been flickering around the Arctic Circle for several days. These displays are not

Earth-facing sunspot 1356 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Earth-facing sunspot 1356 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Earth-facing sunspot 1356 has developed a “beta-gamma” magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of such an eruption during the next 24 hours.A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is seen in the latest Lasco

Filament eruption causing CME

Filament eruption causing CME

A possible filament eruption in the northwest quadrant on Sunday has generated a slow moving Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). You can watch the STEREO Ahead COR2 movie below and it looks like a portion of this cloud may be Earth directed. Stay tuned for more

Dark filament of magnetism visible on the Sun

Dark filament of magnetism visible on the Sun

It’s one of the biggest things in the entire solar system. A dark filament of magnetism measuring more than 800,000 km from end to end is sprawled diagonally across the face of the sun. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this ultraviolet picture of the structure

Another Venus-directed CME

Another Venus-directed CME

A magnetic prominence dancing along the sun’s southeastern limb became unstable on Nov. 15th and slowly erupted. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the coronal mass ejection (CME), which unfolded over a period of thirteen hours: The eruption hurled a cloud

Pair of M-Class flares and eruption filament

Pair of M-Class flares and eruption filament

A pair of M-Class flares took place on Tuesday morning. The first one registered M1.2 and was centered around Sunspot 1348 which is located near the northwest limb. The second event at 12:43 UTC peaked at M1.9 and was located around Sunspot 1346 in the southern

Venus-directed CME

Venus-directed CME

A coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) that swept past Mercury on Nov. 13th will likely hit Venus later today. Because Venus has no global magnetic field to protect it, the impact could erode material directly from the top of the planet’s atmosphere. Venus has atmosphere

New time-lapse video from ISS

New time-lapse video from ISS

The latest time-lapse sequence of photographs by ISS Space crew shows period fromAugust to October, 2011 with amazing auroras. Images was put together by Michael König. These views are taken with a special low-light 4K-camera now on the Space Station.You can see

Huge solar filament and Mercury-directed CME

Huge solar filament and Mercury-directed CME

There haven’t been any strong solar flares in days. Nevertheless, some impressive activity is underway on the sun. For one thing, an enormous wall of plasma is towering over the sun’s southeastern horizon. Huge solar filament is the biggest in a longer time period. A

Incoming CME

Yesterday, Nov. 9th around 1330 UT, a magnetic filament in the vicinity of sunspot complex 1342-1343 erupted, producing a M1-class solar flare and hurling a CME into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the progress of the expanding plasma

M-class solar flare, possibly Earth-directed CME

M-class solar flare, possibly Earth-directed CME

M-class solar flare reaching M1.1 took place at 13:35 UTC Wednesday morning around Sunspot 1342 which is located in the northeast quadrant. It now looks like a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) resulted and a portion of it may be Earth Directed. A region located on the

Comparing Sunspot 1339

Comparing Sunspot 1339

Sunspot 1339 is indeed one of the largest Sunspot groups in years. Here is a size comparison of 1339 vs. a couple of the largest Sunspots from Cycle 23. Sunspot 9393 was responsible for the second largest Solar Flare in recorded history (X20) back in April 2001.

Sun’s Active Region 1339 facing Earth

Sun’s Active Region 1339 facing Earth

If you look in sun direction in time of sunset you could see the largest sunspots since 2005 . Active region 1339 is now visible from the Earth. These huge sunspots have been slowly rotating to face the Earth since November 3, 2011. The largest of these sunspots,

A Guide for Solar Watchers – Part 1

A Guide for Solar Watchers – Part 1

A Guide for Solar Watchers pt.1 – Sun basics

For all those who don’t quit understand what is happening with our Sun and what is space weather we decided to make A Guide for Solar Watchers. We will start with solar basics – structure, characteristics, solar

Big sunspot starting to release X-class solar flares

Big sunspot starting to release X-class solar flares

NOAA forecasters have upgraded the chance of X-class solar flares today to 20%. The source would be AR1339, one of the biggest sunspots in many years. The active region rotated over the sun’s eastern limb two days ago and now it is turning toward Earth.The Radio

Large sunspot group harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Large sunspot group harbors energy for M-class solar flares

A large sunspot group is rotating over the sun’s northeastern limb, possibly signaling an uptick in solar activity. Measuring some 40,000 km wide and at least twice that in length, the behemoth active region is an easy target for backyard solar

Minor geomagnetic storm subsiding

Minor geomagnetic storm subsiding

The solar wind was at increased levels Tuesday morning and combined with a south tilting Bz, it stirred up a minor geomagnetic storm at high latitudes. Things have since returned to quieter levels.Solar activity increased to moderate levels Monday with three M-Class

Three M-class solar flares at northeast limb

Three M-class solar flares at northeast limb

An M1.1 Solar Flare peaked at 15:08 UTC Monday morning and was centered around a new region located on the Northeast Limb. Stay Tuned for increasing solar activity.The second and third M-Class Flares of the day has taken place around the new region hiding on the

Solar cycle 24 on its way

Science has only just begun to understand how cyclical changes in the Sun effect Earth’s weather and climate. But the more technological human society grows, the more vulnerable we may become.Activity on the Sun is due to reach its peak around early 2014, so expect

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

UPDATE (2011-10-25, 14:10):Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear during intense geomagnetic storms. They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth’s surface and

Sun blasted CME toward Mars

Sun blasted CME toward Mars

A bright CME blasted off the sun on Oct. 22nd, and it appears to be heading for Mars. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to reach the Red Planet on Oct. 26th (forecast track). A brief discussion of what CMEs can do to Mars follows this SOHO

Significant CME heading toward Mars

Significant CME heading toward Mars

A significant CME blasted off the sun today, Oct. 22nd, around 1100 UT. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say the cloud is heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Oct. 26th.  (movie, forecast track)While looking at the latest STEREO Ahead images,

New sunspot record

New sunspot record

The official Sunspot number for Oct 21,2011 is 207. This is a new record for Solar Cycle 24. Despite the amount of Sunspots, only low level M-Class flares have taken place thus far. This could soon change. Solar activity has been moderate with low level

Another level M-Class flare

Another level M-Class flare

Another low level M-Class flare, this time raching M1.3 took place at 13:00 UTC Friday morning. The source of this flare was Sunspot 1319 which is approaching the western limb.Space Weather Prediction Center has just released a new page and tool to help predict

Sun is active again: M1.6 flare & sundiving comet

Sun is active again: M1.6 flare & sundiving comet

A Solar Flare reaching M1.6 peaked at 03:25 UTC Thursday morning and appears to be centered off the northwest limb near Sunspot 1318 which is rotating out of direct earth view.Solar activity remains at fairly low levels with only small to mid sized C-Class flares

Sundiving comet recorded by Lasco C3

Sundiving comet recorded by Lasco C3

Sundiving or Sun-Grazing comet has been found on the Soho Lasco C3 instrument during October 18th. Impact is expected late Oct 19th or early Oct 20th. Here is the video by SolarWatcher recorded from SOHO Lasco C3 instruments:The Sun is pretty quiet for now

The large sunspot cluster 1319 harboring energy for solar flares

The large sunspot cluster 1319 harboring energy for solar flares

Active region 1319 contains many individual sunspots. The swarm is growing. Over the weekend, the sunspot group’s total area nearly tripled as shown in this movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory:

As AR1319 has grown, the complexity of its magnetic field

Farside CME hurled toward Mercury and Venus

Farside CME hurled toward Mercury and Venus

An active region on the far side of the sun erupted on October 14 and hurled a significant coronal mass ejection toward Mercury and Venus. Analysts at the Goddard Space Flight Center expect the cloud to hit the innermost planet on October 15 around 08:30 UTC….

Minor geomagnetic storming underway

Minor geomagnetic storming (G1 on the Geomagnetic Storm Scale) is underway following the arrival at Earth of 1 or more Coronal Mass Ejections that erupted from the Sun late last week and into the weekend.  Activity is not expected to strengthen much beyond current

Farside CME heading for Mercury

Farside CME heading for Mercury

Yesterday, October 4th, something exploded on the far side of the sun and propelled a spectacular CME into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud as it emerged from behind the sun’s limb:Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have

Comet and Coronal mass ejection

Comet and Coronal mass ejection

A comet discovered by amateur astronomers on Friday, Sept. 30th, disintegrated in spectacular fashion the very next day when it plunged into the sun. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the comet’s last hours. The end was punctuated by an unexpected

Double eruption on Sun

Double eruption on Sun

On October 1st around 10:17 UT, widely-spaced sunspots 1302 and 1305 erupted in quick succession, revealing a long-distance entanglement which was not obvious before. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the movie of the double blast:Since it was

Sundiving comet

Sundiving comet

A comet is diving into the sun today. Discovered on Sept. 29th by a group of four independent comet hunters (M. Kusiak, S. Liwo, B. Zhou and Z. Xu), the icy visitor from the outer solar system is evaporating furiously as it approaches the hot star. SOHO (the Solar and

Solar wind blasts Mercury

Solar wind blasts Mercury

At a NASA teleconference yesterday, researchers working with data from the Messenger spacecraft offered new evidence that gusts of solar wind are penetrating Mercury’s magnetic field and eroding material off the planet’s surface. The spacecraft has actually flown

Aurora reverberations

Aurora reverberations

A CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 26th, sparking one of the strongest magnetic storms in years. At the peak of the Kp=8 disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and more than half a dozen US states. Magnetic reverberations continued for more than 48

Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

A minor geomagnetic storm erupted earlier today, Sept. 28th, causing beautiful Wednesday-morning auroras in Canada and some northern-tier US states. These are, essentially, aftershocks of the severe storm on Sept. 26th. More reverberations are possible tonight.

Severe geomagnetic storm subsiding

Severe geomagnetic storm subsiding

A severe geomagnetic storm (Kp=7 to 8) that began yesterday when a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field is subsiding.At the peak of the disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and in more than six US states including Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Maine, Ma

Strong solar activity causing severe geomagnetic storm

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. A strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm is in progress. Earth’s magnetic field has been strongly disturbed since approximately 1300 UT on Sept. 26th when a CME hit our planet. The impact strongly compressed the…

X1.9 solar flare took place

X1.9 solar flare took place

Sunspot 1302 is back at it again, this time producing an X1.9 Solar Flare at 09:40 UTC. This major event resulted in an R3 level radio blackout as well as producing a 10.7cm Radio Burst (TenFlare). A fast moving type II sweep frequency event is reported also. As this

Long duration X1.4 solar flare took place at new sunspot

Long duration X1.4 solar flare took place at new sunspot

Earth-orbiting satellites have detected a long-duration X1.4-class solar fare coming from a new sunspot on the sun’s eastern limb. The blast, which peaked at 1100 UT, produced a significant CME, but the cloud is not Earth-directed.

Earth-directed coronal mass ejection expected

Earth-directed coronal mass ejection expected

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading toward Earth and it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field on Sept. 22th around 23:00 UT. There are no large coronal holes on the Earth-facing side of the sun. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for

STEREO-SOHO detected six coronal mass ejections

STEREO-SOHO detected six coronal mass ejections

On Sept. 19th, the STEREO-SOHO fleet of spacecraft surrounding the sun detected six coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Two of the clouds rapidly dissipated. The remaining four, however, are still intact and billowing through the inner solar system. Click to view a movie of

Geomagnetic storm in progress

Geomagnetic storm in progress

As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at ~03:30 UT on Sept 17th. The impact sparked a moderate geomagnetic storm (in progress) and auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watch

Incoming coronal mass ejection

Incoming coronal mass ejection

As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at ~03:30 UT on Sept 17th. The impact was not strong. Nevertheless, the arrival of the CME could spark geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle.

Kreutz sungrazing comet seen diving into Sun

Kreutz sungrazing comet seen diving into Sun

On September 14, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) watched what happened when one comet got too close. Click on the arrow to play a 6-hour time lapse movie: One icy comet went in, none came out. Discovered on Sept. 13th by Michal Kusiak of Poland and…

Incoming CME and new sunspots

Incoming CME and new sunspots

Yesterday, September 14, an eruption near sunspot 1289 hurled a CME in the general direction of Earth. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field on September 17 around 04:30 UTC. There…

A comet diving into the Sun

A comet diving into the Sun

A comet is diving into the sun today. Just discovered by comet hunters Michal Kusiak of Poland and Sergei Schmalz of Germany, the icy visitor from the outer solar system is expected to brighten to first magnitude before it disintegrates on Sept. 14th.

Geomagnetic storm continues

New sunspot AR1295 is emerging over the sun’s northeastern limb and crackling with solar flares. The strongest so far, a C9.9-category blast, did something remarkable. Click on the arrow to watch an extreme ultraviolet movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics

Geomagnetic storm subsiding, expecting more CMEs

Geomagnetic storm subsiding, expecting more CMEs

The first of several CMEs en route to Earth struck our planet’s magnetic field on Sept. 9th around 1130UT. The impact sparked a strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm, which is now subsiding. Last night Northern Lights were spotted in the United States as far south

Geomagnetic storm in progress

Geomagnetic storm in progress

UPDATE: The Geomagnetic Storm has subsided over the past few hours. However, the solar wind remains energized and occasional pulses of activity are expected for another 24 hours. Region 1283, the responsible party back at the Sun, decayed today. The Geomagnetic Storm

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

A polar geomagnetic storm (Kp=5) is in progress following the impact of a CME around 1100 UT on Sept. 9th. This could be the first of several hits from a series of CMEs expected to reach Earth during the weekend. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras

Sun spews CME toward Mercury

Sun spews CME toward Mercury

On Sept 8th around 2300 UT, the SOHO and STEREO spacecraft detected a significant CME emerging from the farside of the sun. Earth is not in the line of fire, but the planet Mercury is. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the cloud will reach the

Strange activity around the Sun

Strange activity around the Sun

SDO/AIA 304     2011/09/08   00:57:46SDO/AIA 304     2011/09/08   01:29:57There are few more interesting images recorded by LASCO2 and LASCO3  (Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraphs).C2 images show t

Strong solar activity in past 72 hours

Strong solar activity in past 72 hours

A strong M-Class flare registering M6.7 took place at 15:46 UTC around active Sunspot 1283. Stay tuned for any further updates.  (SolarHam)On Sept. 8th at 1546 UT, sunspot 1283 unleashed an M6-class solar flare. This continues the active region’s 3-day trend of

Solar radio bursts

Solar radio bursts

This week’s sharp increase in solar activity has turned the Sun into a radio transmitter. Bursts of shortwave static are coming from the unstable magnetic canopy of sunspot 1283. Yesterday in New Mexico, amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded some…

X2.1 solar flare took place

X2.1 solar flare took place

A strong X2.1 Class Solar Flare took place at 22:20 UTC Tuesday and was centered around Sunspot 1283. Another CME now looks to have resulted (watch it). A Type II and Type IV sweep frequency event occurred as well as a TenFlare (10.7cm Radio Burst). Proton Levels are

Earth-directed M5.3 solar flare took place

Earth-directed M5.3 solar flare took place

This morning at 0150 UT, sunspot 1283 produced an M5.3-class solar flare. A movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the flash of extreme UV radiation. Because of the sunspot’s central location on the solar disk, the eruption was Earth-directed and a CME

M-class solar flares on northwestern limb of the sun

The northwestern limb of the sun is crackling with M-class solar flares. The source appears to be departing sunspot complex 1280-1286. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) emerging from the blast site are not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, these flares are having a minor

M3 solar flare took place on Sun’s western limb

M3 solar flare took place on Sun’s western limb

This morning at 1145 UT, an active region on the sun’s western limb unleashed an M3-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flash of extreme UV radiation:Although the blast site was not directly facing Earth, radiation from the explosion

Several sunspots have popped up around the visible solar disk

Several sunspots have popped up around the visible solar disk

Sunspots are emerging at several locations around the solar disk, peppering the Earth-side of the sun with active regions. Of particular interest is fast-growing sunspot 1282, shown here in an August 31st snapshot from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:AR1282 has

Expected impact of an incoming solar wind stream

Expected impact of an incoming solar wind stream

NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of polar geomagnetic activity today in response to the expected impact of an incoming solar wind stream. Solar activity is at very low levels and there is currently no chance for strong solar flares on the earth facing side of…

A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field

A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field

A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the early hours of August 24th, sparking geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle. “Bright, fast-moving auroras lit up the sky just after midnight,” reports Sean M. Scully, who sends this picture f

Shape-shifting sunspot 1271 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Shape-shifting sunspot 1271 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Every time you look, sunspot 1271 has a new outline. For the past two days the active region has been in a constant state of change, altering its shape on an hourly basis. Click on the image for 48 hours of shape-shifting:These rapid changes have caused the

Sunspots 1271 and 1272 are growing again

Sunspots 1271 and 1272 are growing again

After a weekend of quiet decay, sunspots 1271 and 1272 are growing again. Click on the image to view 24 hours of development:The increase in size has not yet translated into a significant increase in flares. Solar activity remains low, although this could change if

Double coronal hole spewing high speed stream toward Earth

Double coronal hole spewing high speed stream toward Earth

A double-barreled hole has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere and it is spewing a split-stream of solar wind toward Earth. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this composite UV image of the double coronal hole on August 20th:Sky watchers should be alert for

Farside CME activity continues

Solar Activity continues at fairly low levels with only C-Class activity taking place in the past 24 hours. Sunspot 1271 is the largest visible area and it may pose a small threat for an M-Class event.Farside CME activity continues and you can view all of the action

Spacecraft sees solar storm engulf Earth

Spacecraft sees solar storm engulf Earth

For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting.

New sunspots forming, Venus-directed CME

New sunspots forming, Venus-directed CME

Yesterday, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory witnessed a spectacular explosion on the sun that seemed to pass perilously close to Venus.As the movie shows, the CME passed harmlessly. There was no collision, and it wasn’t even close. Although Venus seems to be

New sunspot is emerging over the Sun’s northeastern limb

New sunspot is emerging over the Sun’s northeastern limb

A big new sunspot is emerging over the sun’s northeastern limb. AR1271 has at least four dark cores and it is crackling with small flares. The sunspot’s entrance was captured in this 24-hour movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory: NOAA forecasters…

Sun activity is getting back

Sun activity is getting back

After a few days of quiet, the sun is coming alive again. Amateur astronomers around the world report a beautiful complex of prominences dancing along the eastern limb, one of them big enough to swallow Earth:The blue dot is merely a digital image of Earth inserted

Active sunspot 1263 has left the Earthside of the sun

Active sunspot 1263 has left the Earthside of the sun

Active sunspot 1263, which just two days ago produced the most powerful solar flare of the new Solar Cycle (an X7), has left the Earthside of the sun. It is now beginning a two week transit across the solar farside. We can still see signs of its ongoing activity,

X 6.9 solar flare took place – partialy Earth-directed!!!

X 6.9 solar flare took place – partialy Earth-directed!!!

The largest solar flare of Cycle 24 just took place at 08:05 UTC and it registered a whopping X6.9. The source was Sunspot 1263 which is nearing the Western Limb. Because of its location, any large explosions may not be fully earth directed. When watching new video

Another M-class solar flare

Another M-class solar flare

A second M-Class flare, this time a M2.5 took place at 03:54 UTC Tuesday morning around Sunspot 1263. This is in addition to the earlier M3.5 flare which we reported yesterday. The first flare produced a small, but fast moving (2010 km/s) Coronal Mass Ejection…

M3.5 solar flare took place around Sunspot 1263

M3.5 solar flare took place around Sunspot 1263

At 18:10 UTC Monday, a short duration M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263. Because of its location, any explosions at this point may not be earth directed.Just when solar activity was slowing down, an M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263

Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size

Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size this weekend. A 28-hour movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the spot developing a tail that has added some 50,000 km of length to the active region.This development may increase the likelihood of a stro

One of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years subsiding

One of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years subsiding

Earth’s magnetic field is still reverberating from a CME strike on August 5th that sparked one of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years. Registering 8 on the 0 to 9 “K-index” scale of magnetic disturbances, the storm, at its maximum, sparked…

Geomagnetic storm still in progress but lingering

Geomagnetic storm still in progress but lingering

A geomagnetic storm is in progress. It began on August 5th around 18:00 UT when a CME struck Earth’s magnetic field. At its peak during the hours just after impact, the storm registered 8 on the 0 to 9 “K-index” scale of geomagnetic disturbances,…

Major geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

Major geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

A major geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a CME on August 5th around 1800 UT. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras after nightfall. Tip: the best hours for aurora sightings are usually around local midnight.Analysts at the

Strong solar activity – M9.3 solar flare took place, expecting CMEs

Strong solar activity – M9.3 solar flare took place, expecting CMEs

Sunspot 1261 is at it again, this time producing a strong M9.3 Solar Flare at 03:57 UTC Thursday morning. It also turns out that yet another Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced and you can see it in the still image below captured by STEREO Ahead.Proton Levels are o

A moderate solar flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261

A moderate solar flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261

A Moderate Solar Flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261 at 13:47 UTC Wednesday and appears to be long in duration. A brief R2 Radio Blackout resulted. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is associated and can be seen in the image below. It is most likely

M1.4 Earth-directed solar flare took place

M1.4 Earth-directed solar flare took place

Magnetic fields above sunspot 1261 erupted this morning at 0648 UT, producing an M1-class solar flare. The blast also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection toward Earth. This movie from the STEREO-Ahead spacecraft shows the cloud racing away from the sun at almost

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

Geomagnetic storm in progress!

Geomagnetic K-index of 5 alert is issued by Space Weather Prediction Center. Kp-indices of 5 or greater indicate storm-level geomagnetic activity. Geomagnetic storms have been associated with satellite surface charging and increased atmospheric drag.Speed of solar

A strong M9.3 solar flare took place

Sunspot AR1261 unleashed a brief but strong M9-class solar flare on July 30th at 0209 UT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flare’s extreme ultraviolet flash:Because of its brevity, the eruption probably did not hurl a substantial CME toward Earth,

Sun harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares

Sun harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares

Sunspot 1260 has developed a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares. Such an eruption today would be Earth-directed as the sunspot turns to face our planet.Sunspot 1260 is leading a parade of big sunspots across the solar

M-Class solar flare in effect

M-Class solar flare in effect

An M1.1 Solar Flare took place at 16:07 UTC Wednesday and was centered around Sunspot 1260. Click HERE for a still image captured by the GOES SXI. More to follow.iSwacNOAA SWPC Space Weather NowLatest Alert: Jul 27 1214 UTC CONTINUED ALERT: Electron 2MeV

Solar activity is picking up again

Solar activity is picking up again

After more than a week of quiet, solar activity is picking up. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring two big sunspot groups now emerging over the sun’s eastern limb. Click on the image to view a 40-hour movie.The leading sunspot group, AR1260, is crackling

Kp5 geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

Kp5 geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

The solar wind is at elevated levels and this may stir up minor activity at very high latitudes.Solar windspeed: 622.5 km/secdensity: 3.8 protons/cm3Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5 storm24-hr max: Kp= 5 stormInterplanetary Mag.

Solar tsunami and dark fireworks on the Sun

Solar tsunami and dark fireworks on the Sun

On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only “M” (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill eruption- that is, until

Behemoth sunspots evolve

Behemoth sunspots evolve

The CME was not squarely Earth-directed and is not traveling at great speed, only minor geomagnetic storming is expected when the cloud arrives. A coronal mass ejection (CME) that billowed away from sunspot 1247 on July 9th could hit Earth’s magnetic field on…

Incoming Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

Incoming Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

During the early hours of July 9th, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) billowed away from new sunspot 1247. A preliminary analysis of data from NASA’s twin STEREO-A and -B spacecraft suggests that the flank of the CME could hit Earth’s magnetic field sometime on July

Sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts

Sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts

On July 7th, the sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts. Click on the dynamic spectrum below to play a 21 MHz sample recorded by amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft in rural New Mexico. The action begins about 18 seconds into the 2-minute…

Sundiving comet

During the late hours of July 5th, an unnamed icy comet from the outer solar system dove into the sun and disintegrated. Click on the arrow to witness the death plunge recorded by coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):Over the years,

Geomagnetic storm warning!

Geomagnetic storm warning!

A fast-moving stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field. The combined effect of this stream plus a CME expected to arrive soon has prompted NOAA forecasters to declare a 30% to 35% chance of geomagnetic storms on June 23-24. High-latitude sky watchers

Impact of solstice solar flare is expected on June 24th

Impact of solstice solar flare is expected on June 24th

A CME propelled toward Earth by the “solstice solar flare” of June 21st may be moving slower than originally thought. Analysts at the GSFC Space Weather Lab have downgraded the cloud’s probable speed from 800 km/s to 650 km/s. Impact is now expected on June 24th at

Incoming solar flare, expecting geomagnetic storm

Incoming solar flare, expecting geomagnetic storm

Magnetic fields above sunspot complex 1236 erupted during the early hours of June 21st, producing a C7-class solar flare and a full-halo CME. The expanding cloud appears to be heading almost directly toward

M1.3 solar flare produced, CME expected on June 17

M1.3 solar flare produced, CME expected on June 17

On June 14th around 08:10 UTC, a magnetic filament near the sun’s eastern limb became unstable and erupted. The resulting blast hurled a bright and massive CME into space. The expanding cloud was observed by 3 spacecraft: STEREO-A, STEREO-B and SOHO. Researchers…

M2.5 solar flare, CME expected on June 9 and 10

M2.5 solar flare, CME expected on June 9 and 10

On June 7th at 0641 UT, magnetic fields above sunspot complex 1226-1227 became unstable and erupted. The resulting blast produced an M2-class solar flare, an S1-class radiation storm, and an unbelievable movie:Much of the plasma thrown up by the blast simply fell

Spectacular eruption on the Sun – M2-class solar flare

Spectacular eruption on the Sun – M2-class solar flare

At 06:41 UTC today the Sun unleashed an M2-class solar flare from arround the sunspot complex 1226-1227. Substantial Coronal Mass Ejection was observed and was visually spectacular. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it

A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field

A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field

A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field at approximately 20:30 UTC on June 4, 2011. High-latitude sky watchers in both hemispheres should be alert for auroras. Solar windspeed: 495.9 km/secdensity: 2.6 protons/cm3 Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5…

Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress

Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress

A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field, sparking Southern Lights around the Antarctic Circle. Ian Stewart sends this picture to SpaceWeather.com from a jetty near Hobart, Tasmania:”Not long after sunset a friend rang to ask whether a faint arc of

Brittish Secretary of Defence: Solar flares storm could paralyse UK

Brittish Secretary of Defence: Solar flares storm could paralyse UK

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox will next week attend a summit of scientists and security advisers who believe the infrastructure that underpins modern life in Western economies is potentially vulnerable to electromagnetic disruption.Blogger’s and scientists

Sundiving comet and coronal mass ejection

Sundiving comet and coronal mass ejection

A comet dove into the sun on May 11th and seemed to trigger a massive eruption. Watch the movie, then scroll down for further discussion.

A comet goes in; a CME comes out. Coincidence? Probably, yes, the sequence was coincidental. The comet disintegrated

Comet hit the Sun?

Comet hit the Sun?

A comet just discovered by amateur astronomer Sergey Shurpakov is diving past the sun today, and it will probably not survive. Click here to view a movie of the death plunge recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory–and check back for updates in the hours

Spectacular CME, active region approaching Earth

Spectacular CME, active region approaching Earth

A sunspot located just behind the sun’s eastern limb erupted during the waning hours of May 9th, hurling a spectacular coronal mass ejection into space: movie. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed hot magnetic loops towering over the edge of the sun in the

Solar winds blowing earthward from Sun’s new coronal hole

Solar winds blowing earthward from Sun’s new coronal hole

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring a hole in the sun’s atmosphere – a “coronal hole.” It is the dark region circled in this extreme ultraviolet image taken during the early hours of April 28th: Coronal holes are places where the sun’s magnetic field

Fast growing sunspot 1199

Fast growing sunspot 1199

New sunspot 1199 is growing rapidly in the sun’s northern hemisphere, ballooning in area by more than a factor of five during the last 24 hours. If the expansion continues apace, this active region could soon pose a threat for flares. Stay tuned. (SpaceWeather)

Big sunspot 1195 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

This detailed image of sunspot 1195 looks like it was taken by one of NASA’s most advanced space telescopes. In fact, it comes from someone’s backyard in the Netherlands. Scroll down for the full story, and carefully examine the starscape as you

Amazing B-class solar flare

Amazing B-class solar flare

B-class eruptions are weak and generally not considered spectacular, but the one recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on April 23rd was quite different:The blast hurled hundreds of thousands of tons of plasma above the stellar surface with a powe

February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

The giant solar flare unleashed in February was caused by five rotating sunspots working in concert, the UK’s National Astronomy Meeting has heard.Images released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) clearly show the sunspots, which are centres of magnetic

Heating up of solar storms season

Heating up of solar storms season

Sun woke up after three years of sleep. Several powerful solar flares occurred in recent months, with a February 14 blast as the strongest and  the most powerful outburst in more than four years. Considering surface of Sun dotted with sunspots and recent activity,

Eruption of magnetic canopy of sunspot 1190

Eruption of magnetic canopy of sunspot 1190

The magnetic canopy of sunspot 1190 erupted on April 15th, producing an M-class solar flare (SDO movie). The brief blast did not, however, hurl a cloud of plasma toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of more M-flares during the next 24 hours.

Filament of magnetism is curling around the sun’s southeastern quadrant

Filament of magnetism is curling around the sun’s southeastern quadrant

Newly-arriving data from NASA’s STEREO probes suggest that a coronal mass ejection (CME) might be heading toward Earth. The source of the cloud appears to be sunspot complex 1185-1186, which experienced an episode of magnetic instability during the early hours of April

Strong activity on the far side of the sun

Strong activity on the far side of the sun

NASA’s STEREO probes are monitoring strong activity on the far side of the sun. A spectacular CME erupted during the early hours of April 8th apparently from old sunspot AR1176. This is the second day in a row that the active region has hurled massive clouds into

Massive solar disturbance & CME on Far-side of Sun

Massive solar disturbance & CME on Far-side of Sun

NASA twin STEREO spacecraft observed a spectacular coronal mass ejection launched from the vicinity of decaying sunspot 1176 on April 3rd around 0500 UT. The blast was not Earth directed. Nevertheless, there is a chance that the expanding cloud will deliver a glancing

Coming of big troubled sunspot region

Coming of big troubled sunspot region

A big sunspot is emerging over the sun’s southeastern limb, and it is crackling with activity. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a surge of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sunspot’s magnetic canopy on March 21st:This appears to be the return of old

M-class solar flare eruption

While we are still on impact of CME from X-flare events from March 9th, the sun got new M-class flare eruption.Effects from the 07 March CME was slowly subsiding during day one (11 March), but the arrival of a coronal hole high speed stream is expected to become

X1.5-flare produced Earth-directed CME

X1.5-flare produced Earth-directed CME

UPDATE:A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on March 10th around 0630 UT. Solar wind conditions, post-impact, are favorable for geomagnetic activity.March 9th ended with a powerful solar flare. Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X1.5-class

Sun’s fastest CME since 2005.

Sun’s fastest CME since 2005.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) exploded from the vicinity of sunspot 1164 during the late hours of March 7th. It lept away from the sun traveling some 2200 km/s, making it the fastest CME since Sept. 2005. A movie of the cloud prepared by Karl Battams of the Naval

Seven M-class flares today

Seven M-class flares today

Several M-Class flares (7) took place during the day on Monday. Sunspot 1165 which is located in the southern hemisphere is in the process of rotating onto the western limb and will soon be out of direct earth view. Sunspot 1164 which is in the northern hemisphere

Several low level M-class solar flares occurred today

Several low level M-class solar flares occurred today

Several low level M-Class flares have taken place around each of the big three regions 1164, 1165 and 1166 during the early parts of Monday. The largest one of these thus far was an M1.8 around Sunspot 1165. Sunspot 1165 will begin to rotate onto the western limb over

Missing sunspots gathered NASA’s scientist for briefing

Missing sunspots gathered NASA’s scientist for briefing

NASA said it has rescheduled a media teleconference to Wednesday 2 pm EST to discuss the first computer model that explains the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun’s 11-year cycle.The recent solar minimum, a period characterized by a lower

The beautiness of solar flare

The beautiness of solar flare

M3.6 solar flare occurred on February 24 near the solar esatern limb and blew out a gorgeous CME plasma waves that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period. Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. This event was

After M3 flare, active sunspots turned to Earth-side

After M3 flare, active sunspots turned to Earth-side

New sunspot 1163 doesn’t look very impressive, but the M3-class flare it unleashed yesterday was absolutely spectacular. Click Eastern Blast to download a movie recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. When the eruption occurred, sunspot 1163 was…

Approaching active sunspot region aiming Earth

Approaching active sunspot region aiming Earth

A significant active region is set to emerge over the sun’s northeastern limb. The underlying sunspots are not yet visible from Earth, but the region’s towering magnetic canopy is already in view. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took this picture…

Coronal holes on the farside of the Sun

Coronal holes on the farside of the Sun

For the past week, all eyes have been on the Earth-side of the sun, where sunspots 1158 and 1161-1162 have unleashed some of the strongest flares in years. Meanwhile, the farside of the Sun has been busy, too. Here is the movie from NASA’s STEREO-B probe…

Plasma cloud from X2.3 solar flare headed our way

Plasma cloud from X2.3 solar flare headed our way

Plasma cloud from the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 (X2.3 on February 15, 2011) is headed our way. It is expected to arrive around February 17. 2011/02/15, at 07:07 UTC – PRESTO-alert: NOAA AR 1158 has produced an X2.3 flare peaking at 01:56 UTC,…