Filament eruption, G1 storm watch

Filament eruption, G1 storm watch We are hopping in the way back time machine today and take you back to… Saturday. Yes… Saturday… Saturday as in two days ago. A filament eruption occurred around 11 UTC on the Sun’s southern hemisphere and launched a partial halo coronal mass ejection which could impact our planet. Space […]

Coronal hole stream arrival, new alerts bars

Coronal hole stream arrival, new alerts bars We are starting to see some nice geomagnetic activity building up right now as a high speed solar wind stream from a coronal hole is starting to influence our planet. The north-south direction of the IMF (Bz) is mostly southward which will fuel auroral activity at Earth. Active […]

Coronal hole faces Earth, Sunspot region 2797

Coronal hole faces Earth, Sunspot region 2797 The northern hemisphere polar coronal hole which has an extension southwards has been facing Earth the past few days. A solar wind stream flowing from this coronal hole is expected to influence our planet in the coming three days. Geomagnetic conditions up to a maximum of Kp4 (active […]

Solar wind shock wave arrived at Earth

Solar wind shock wave arrived at Earth A slow shock wave arrived today around 08:25 UTC at DSCOVR. The source is unclear but it could have come from a filament eruption back on 6 January or one that took place on 8 January. The resulting coronal mass ejections were not expected to arrive at Earth […]

C4.0 solar flare

C4.0 solar flare Our Sun surprised us today! After a period of higher solar activity we are currently in a period with fewer sunspots and strong solar flares seemed very unlikely today. However, our Sun woke up this afternoon and produced a C4.0 solar flare peaked today at 14:37 UTC. A C4 solar flare doesn’t […]

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 […]