Are we at the beginning of Solar Cycle 25?

Are we at the beginning of Solar Cycle 25? We are doing something new today, a guest post! Good friend of the website Christian Harris who is a passionate hobby astronomer and very knowledgeable in the field of space weather started a great discussion on Facebook about something which could signal that we are at […]

Minor G1 geomagnetic storm

Minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions were observed earlier this night as a dense solar wind structure arrived at our planet. The north-south direction of the interplanetary magnetic field went mostly southward dipping as low as -9nT and that combined with the equinox effect caused us to reach minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions at 02:45 UTC. […]

Today one year ago: X9.3 solar flare

It has been many months since we’ve last seen a strong solar flare or even a decent sunspot region. It is no secret that we are well on our way to solar minimum. However, today exactly one year ago, our Sun looked very different compared to how it looks today. Multiple sunspot regions were visible […]

Strong G3 geomagnetic storm

We were wrong! The coronal mass ejection we talked about back on 22 August did arrive at Earth and sparked strong G3 geomagnetic storming conditions today. A big surprise for everyone which goes to show how unpredictable space weather is. Powered by WPeMatico

What’s the buzz about? CME aimed towards Earth?

A buzz started to develop in the space weather community about a possible earth-directed coronal mass ejection. We took a look at the event and weren’t impressed but considering it is solar minimum and there hasn’t been much to get excited about, we do a short analysis anyway. Powered by WPeMatico

Welcome to August…. and solar minimum?

Welcome to August! The year 2018 is now 212 days old and according to the numbers from the NOAA SWPC, the Sun has been spotless during 120 days this year thus far. The sunspots regions that did face Earth this year have been far from impressive and we had no M or X-class solar flares […]

Coronal hole faces Earth, G1 watch issued

Sunspot region 2712 didn’t manage to develop further since we wrote about it yesterday and has been pretty quiet today with only a couple of B-class solar flares. However, sunspot region 2712 is not the center of our attention today. Indeed, a coronal hole takes the spotlight today. A southern hemisphere coronal hole close to […]

Sunspot region 2712

Summer is upon us in the northern hemisphere and that means very little aurora sightings. The fact that we are in a very quiet space weather period doesn’t help either of course but after a long and cold winter these warm rays of sunshine are very much welcome. Right? Or are you starting to experience […]

”A shadow of its former self”

A lot of aurora enthusiasts have put 17 May in their agenda as a possible date for some enhanced geomagnetic activity and thus auroral displays. Why? Because that is the date that a coronal hole solar wind stream is expected to arrive at Earth from a coronal hole that managed to give us moderate G2 […]

Moderate G2 geomagnetic storm

The anticipated coronal hole solar wind stream has arrived at our planet and packed quite a punch. Active geomagnetic conditions (Kp4) were expected but the solar wind conditions were so impressive it was enough for us to reach the moderate G2 geomagnetic storm threshold which equals a Kp of 6 and some impressive auroral displays around […]

New front page!

After literally months of planning, brain storming, coding, translating and fighting over the tiniest details, we are very proud to present to you a brand new front page for SpaceWeatherLive.com and our Dutch website Poollicht.be! Powered by WPeMatico

Fake space weather news, coronal hole stream arrives

There has been a lot of crazy news going around about a possible severe geomagnetic storm today and tomorrow which could knock out satellites, cause problems with your health and damage power grids and other total made up nonsense like equinox cracks in the Sun. Fake news if you’d like. Powered by WPeMatico

Hyped CME, Coronal hole stream inbound

There has been a little bit of a hype on social media about a possible earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME) coming our way. The plasma cloud isn’t a myth and comes from a strange eruption late on 5 March but it was hardly noticeable on SDO. Powered by WPeMatico

SpaceWeatherLive is now available in Estonian!

Just a mere week after we introduced the Italian version of SpaceWeatherLive we are super proud to announce our tenth language! After English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Polish, Italian, Russian and Swedish we are very happy to be able to introduce to you SpaceWeatherLive in the Estonian language! Powered by WPeMatico

SpaceWeatherLive is now available in Italian!

It has been hardly one and a half month since we added the Russian language to SpaceWeatherLive but we are super proud that we once again are able to present SpaceWeatherLive to you in a new language! Our website is now available in Italiano! Yes, in Italian! This is the 9th language already that we can […]

C-class solar flare, Earth-directed CME

Sunspot region 2699 has been transiting the earth-facing solar disk the past few days but was relatively quiet. However, today just past midnight, this sunspot region started to erupt with a long duration C-class solar flare. The solar flare started at 00:15 UTC and peaked at 01:35 UTC with a maximum measured X-ray flux of C1.5. […]