Solar activity on the rise

Solar activity on the rise Solar Cycle 25 is underway. That shouldn’t be news to you right? It was back in September that the NOAA SWPC came out with an official press release that Solar Cycle 25 started December last year. However, our Sun has been relatively quiet during the first few months of the […]

Long duration C2.6 solar flare

Long duration C2.6 solar flare Sunspot region 2782 which is located near the south-east limb produced a long duration C2.6 solar flare which peaked today at 19:11 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to Source

Solar Cycle 25 has officially started in December 2019

Solar Cycle 25 has officially started in December 2019 Breaking news today from the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel! It is now official, the solar minimum between Solar Cycle 24 and 25 took place December 2019 when the 13-month smoothed sunspot number fell to 1.8. This means that we’ve been in Solar Cycle 25 since […]

C2 solar flare, SC25 slowly ramping up?

C2 solar flare, SC25 slowly ramping up? A C2.0 solar flare took place this morning at 06:47 UTC from a plage region (a region without sunspots) near the west limb. A small coronal mass ejection was ejected into space but it is not aimed towards Earth. This event was kind of a wake up call […]

Have we passed solar minimum?

Have we passed solar minimum? The recent M-class solar flare from a sunspot region that belongs to Solar Cycle 25 was a wake up call for everyone who keeps an eye on the weather in space. Who would have thought that we would see an M-class solar flare while we are so close to solar […]

First M-class solar flare of a Solar Cycle 25 region!

First M-class solar flare of a Solar Cycle 25 region! 925 days. That is the amount of time we had to wait since we last saw a M-class solar flare on the Sun. But today the wait is over. An impulsive M1.19 solar flare (minor R1 radio blackout) took place on our Sun this morning […]

G1 geomagnetic storm, Coronal hole faces Earth

G1 geomagnetic storm, Coronal hole faces Earth Some unexpected action yesterday! The minor G1 geomagnetic storm threshold was reached on two occasions yesterday (10:44 UTC and 14:18 UTC) and a coronal hole faced our planet! Where did this mysterious geomagnetic storm come from and what can we expect from the earth-facing coronal hole? Keep on […]

April… The month of solar minimum?

April… The month of solar minimum? Hello everyone and welcome to April. Could this month be a turn around point for us solar watchers? Is Solar Cycle 25 about to start? Understandable questions which we will shed some light on later in this article. Space Weather Live Go to Source

Welcome back DSCOVR!

Welcome back DSCOVR! Some great news to kick of the new month with! NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite is fully operational again! Space Weather Live Go to Source

Solar Orbiter successfully launched into space

Solar Orbiter successfully launched into space An American Atlas V rocket has successfully launched the European Solar Orbiter satellite into space during the early hours of 10 February. This unmanned space probe is Europe’s newest solar observatory which will start to study our Sun in just under two years from now. Its main mission is […]

Coronal hole, Transit to Solar Cycle 25

Coronal hole, Transit to Solar Cycle 25 A coronal hole is facing our planet today. It is a slim southern extension of the northern hemisphere polar coronal hole. The effects of this coronal hole could reach Earth on Monday (10 February) as a high speed solar wind stream could sweep past our planet and spark […]

Welcome GOES-16!

Welcome GOES-16! Sharp eyes might have noticed a very abrupt drop on the solar X-rays graph today. What happened to the Sun? It went into cardiac arrest? Nope. Today, December 9, the NOAA SWPC has switched to GOES-16 as the primary satellite for geostationary space weather observations. What does that mean? Keep on reading! Space […]

Cycle 25 sunspot region, Coronal hole faces Earth

Cycle 25 sunspot region, Coronal hole faces Earth A small sunspot region has rotated into view on the south-east limb. No big deal you say? Well… it might be a sign of things to come! More on that later. We also have a southern hemisphere coronal hole facing our planet today which could spark some […]

Solar Cycle 25 sunspot region, Coronal hole faces Earth

Solar Cycle 25 sunspot region, Coronal hole faces Earth A small sunspot region has rotated into view on the south-east limb. No big deal you say? Well… it might be a sign of things to come! More on that later. We also have a southern hemisphere coronal hole facing our planet today which could spark […]

DSCOVR not to come back online until early 2020

DSCOVR not to come back online until early 2020 As we have reported before, the real time solar wind monitoring satellite Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) which is located at the Sun-Earth L1 point is being kept in a safe hold at the moment. A glitch in its position system triggered the safe hold and […]

SpaceWeatherLive mobile app update

SpaceWeatherLive mobile app update Happy birthday to the SpaceWeatherLive website and mobile application! Yes, our app celebrates its first birthday today and our website has completed lap number 11 around the Sun (well tomorrow to be more precise but who’s counting) and what better way to celebrate than with an update and the introduction of […]