Stormy space weather ahead A long duration M1.2 solar flare took place around departing sunspot region 3413 yesterday which peaked around 03:52 UTC. This event launched a coronal mass ejection into space which could arrive at Earth in two days time. This would be the second coronal mass ejection that is expected to arrive at our planet in the coming days. After a very quiet August a promising start to September as darkness returns to the northern hemisphere! Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

S2 solar raditation storm, Earth-directed CME Solar protons reached the moderate S2 threshold today for the second time this solar cycle. Moderate S2 solar radiation storms will cause problems with HF radio communications at polar latitudes and have a minor impact on some types of satellite services, This is all due to the highly eruptive M4.1 solar flare from the west limb which peaked at 15:58 UTC yesterday. This solar flare launched an impressive coronal mass ejection but it is not aimed at Earth. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M5.7 solar flare We are in a period with some higher space weather activity as two coronal mass ejections arrived at Earth during the past few days causing multiple periods with minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions. Despite the short nights, weak aurora was spotted as far south as the Netherlands! Today’s highlight is however the strong M5.7 solar flare from sunspot region 3363 which peaked at 00:06 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Strong M-flares, Filament eruption with CME Welcome to July! A month where both our American and French friends celebrate very important holidays with lots of celebrations and fireworks! Our Sun thought it would be a good idea to join in on the celebrations as we have a new sunspot region (AR3372) announcing its presence near the north-east limb with regular M-class solar fireworks, some of these flare have even exceeded the M5 (R2-moderate) threshold like the M6,8 solar flare that took place today and peaked at 08;55 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M-class activity from sunspot region 3311 There as been a lot of M-class flare activity the past few days coming from sunspot region 3311 including an M6.4 solar flare (R2-moderate) which peaked today at 07:32 UTC and an M8.9 solar flare (strongest from this region thus far) which peaked just a couple of moments ago at 12:35 UTC. This latest solar flare is the third solar flare from this sunspot region which peaked above the M5 threshold. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M4.2 solar flare with earth-directed CME We have had some stormy space weather these first few days of May! Perhaps not stormy in the sense of geomagnetic storms as we only had a maximum Kp value of 6 on the 6th of May and we hit Kp5 today, yesterday and on the 8th of May. But fair enough, not too bad perhaps reflecting on it but we want to focus on the Sun right now as that is where the real action is taking place. She has been popping of with many M-class solar flares, most of which we can thank sunspot region 3296 for.Read More →

M2.1 solar flare and a partial halo CME As you might have noticed… there has been a lot of M-class activity the past few days. Unfortunately the M3.9 solar flare that took place yesterday did not produce an earth-directed eruption as the halo outline was determined to come from another far side eruption. So we are going to ignore all of these solar flares except for one: the M2.1 flare that peaked at 08:01 UTC today. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Coronal mass ejection impact The coronal mass ejection from the M1.7 solar flare that took place two days ago has arrived at the DSCOVR satellite. We admit… this coronal mass ejection arrived earlier than we expected! Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M1.7 solar flare, full halo CME An M1.7 solar flare took place yesterday peaking at 18:12 UTC. The eruption was combined with what looks like a filament eruption around sunspot region 3283 which is located near the center of the earth-facing solar disk. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

G1 watch, far side CME, BROR rocket campaign Quite the surprise this morning as proton levels at the near Earth environment suddenly started to rise this morning and even crossed the minor S1 solar radiation storm level. This was all the result of a major far side coronal mass ejection which you can see in the animation below which we posted on our Twitter account. Be sure to follow us and like the post! Magnetic field lines from the Parker Spiral managed to send some protons our way causing us to cross the minor S1 solar radiation storm level causing minor disturbances in HF radioRead More →

M6.3 flare, double CME impact expected Sunspot region 3229 does it again this time with an M6.2 solar flare that peaked yesterday at 19:44 UTC. This long duration solar flare was again highly eruptive just like the M3.7 solar flare. A minor S1 solar radiation storm followed as a result of this eruption which has minor impacts on HF radio communications at high latitudes. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

X2.2 solar flare with earth-directed CME A major long duration X2.28 solar flare (R3-strong) took place yesterday and reached its peak at 20:17 UTC. This is the strongest solar flare of Solar Cycle 25 thus far and we can thank sunspot region 3229 for that. This sunspot region is currently close to the north-east limb and the solar flare was highly eruptive. Despite the region’s location near the limb, we can not rule out a glancing blow from this plasma cloud. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

An Expansion on Solar Cycle Prediction Today we have a really special news item for you! We have a guest post made by Christian Harris from Space Weather Trackers. Christian is a friend of the website an has made very well received guest posts before. He has some serious big brain knowledge about everything space weather related. I am sure many of you have heard of him before. He is here to shed some light on the progression of Solar Cycle 25. Please read his article below and gain some fascinating insights on how SC25 is developing. It is well worth the read! If youRead More →

Busy Sun! M-class flares and coronal mass ejections! Our Sun has been really busy the past few days. M-class solar flares are a regular occurrence which shouldn’t go by unnoticed if you follow us on Twitter or have our iOS/Android app installed on your mobile devices. To put things in perspective, the 10.7cm Solar Radio Flux is at 228 today which is comparable to what we saw during the peak of the previous Solar Cycle. This Solar Cycle is expect to reach its peak in 2 years time. Does that mean this Solar Cycle will be strong than Solar Cycle 24? Hard to say, butRead More →

X1.9 solar flare A lot of sunspots on our Sun today which is a promising start for what should be an exciting 2023 when it comes to solar activity. Sunspot region 3181 and 3182 both have complex magnetic layouts with magnetic delta sunspots and both regions have the potential to produce M-class events. It is however sunspot region 3184 near the limb that steals the show today with the second strongest solar flare of Solar Cycle 25 thus far. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

X1.2 solar flare A surprise this night from sunspot region 3182 which has just rotated into view. It produced a major X1.2 solar flare (R3-strong) at 00:58 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Flares, flares, flares! What a crazy couple of days! After what feels like months of relative silence on our Sun she has really been kicking of the past 72 hours. We had 32 solar flares that reached the M-class threshold over this period. Yes, you did read that right. As of writing this article we counted 32 solar flares that peaked at or above the M1 threshold. Did any of these solar flares produce any significant coronal mass ejections? Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →