M5.2 solar flare, Active geomagnetic conditions Quite the surprise today! Sunspot region 3141 unexpectedly produced an M5.2 solar flare (R2-moderate radio blackout) that peaked at 00:11 UTC. The solar flare was however impulsive which means it was very short in duration. The resulting coronal mass ejection is very minor and not aimed at Earth. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Active geomagnetic conditions, Coronal hole faces Earth We are currently seeing enhanced auroral conditions here on Earth. Hard to say what is causing it but the north-south direction of the interplanetary magnetic field has turned southwards which fuels auroral activity. Active conditions (Kp4) have been observed already and minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions are not impossible. High latitude sky watchers should be alert of possible aurora in the hours ahead. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

X1.0 solar flare Flares, flares and even more flares! That’s the topic of the day! Sunspot regions 3110 and 3112 continue to produce numerous C and M-class solar flares together but an X1.0 solar flare that peaked at 20:25 UTC yesterday from sunspot region 3110 is for sure the highlight of the past 24 hours.  Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Coronal hole faces Earth, M-class solar flares A transequatorial coronal hole is currently facing our planet. The coronal hole stretches from the solar equator up on to the sun’s northern hemisphere. The perfect position for a nice solar wind stream impact here at Earth!  Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Sunspot region 3088 departs, is 3089 about to take over? Sunspot region 3088 keeps firing away as it has now has rotated behind the west limb. An M8.6 solar flare at 11:07 UTC today has been its strongest solar flare thus far but the flare was of short duration and does not look eruptive. None of the coronal mass ejections launched today or yesterday by this region is directed at our planet due to the region’s location. Good bye 3088, we hope you survive your trip around the far side of the Sun! Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

S1 storm, CME arrival, M-flares Solar activity is moderate due to numerous M-class solar flares from departing sunspot region 3088. This region is now close the west limb and any coronal mass ejections produced by this region are unlikely to affect Earth. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M9.6 solar flare Our Sun continues with what she is good at: producing more solar flares! An M9.6 (R2-moderate) solar flare peaked today at 01:59 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M7.3 and X2.2 solar flares With sunspot regions 2993 and 2994 we have two formidable sunspot regions on the earth-facing solar disk. These regions are fairly stable but did loose some magnetic complexity since they first appeared on the east limb. C and even M-class flares remain possible from these sunspot regions but it is departing sunspot region 2992 that has been stealing the show today. First it produced an M7.3 (R2-moderate) solar flare that peaked at 01:36 UTC which was quickly followed by the strongest solar flare of the current Solar Cycle thus far: X2.2 (R3-strong) at 03:57 UTC. Space Weather Live Go toRead More →

X1.1 solar flare Two major sunspot regions (2993 and 2994) have now rotated onto the earth-facing solar disk. These regions were already very active on the far side and it was no secret that there was something interesting on the way. It is still hard to see how complex these regions are but considering the numerous C and M-class flares that we had already, we know there is potential. That potential came to light this morning at 03:34 UTC. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

A large sunspot region is about to rotate onto the earth-facing disk Out of nowhere yesterday we were surprised by M-class solar activity. A sunspot region that is hiding behind the north-east limb started flaring and kept the X-ray flux above the M-class threshold for about three and a half hours! Three peaks were officially recorded: M1.2 M1.9 and M2.2. Multiple coronal mass ejections left the Sun following this activity but of course none are directed towards Earth. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Solar Cycle 25: The Overachiever 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 and has some serious big brain knowledge about everything space weather related. I am sure many of you have heard of him before and we reached out to him to shed some light on the current Solar Cycle 25 and how it stacks up to previous Solar Cycles. Please read his article below and gain some fascinating insights on how SC25 is developing. It is well worth the read! IfRead More →

Minor G1 geomagnetic storm watch for 6 April A filament eruption on 3 April launched a faint asymmetrical halo coronal mass ejection towards Earth. The NOAA SWPC has modeled the plasma cloud and anticipates an impact on Wednesday, 6 April. Minor G1 geomagnetic storm conditions are possible after the cloud arrives. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

M3.9 solar flare, S1 radiation storm M-class flaring continues today from sunspot region 2975 with an M2.9 solar flare this night and a spectacular long duration M3.9 solar flare at 13:55 UTC. While writing this news article, we see yet another M-class flare from this region peaking at M4.3 but this solar flare looks much more impulsive and might not release a CME, but it is still way too early to tell. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

CME arrival, X1 halo CME What an eventful few days we are having. Solar flares, coronal mass ejections and now even geomagnetic storming! Indeed, the coronal mass ejections from the M-class event arrived around 01:45 UTC today which was very much in line with the predictions. Well done NOAA! Geomagnetic storm conditions up to the minor G1 geomagnetic storm levels have been observed thus far. The solar wind speed is decent near 600km/s but the strength of the interplanetary field is below what you’d expect for stronger storm conditions. That said, we will continue to be under the influence of the effects of this coronalRead More →

X1.3 solar flare We are still awaiting the arrival of two coronal mass ejections launched by a couple of M-class solar flares from sunspot region 2975. Geomagnetic storm conditions up to the moderate G2 level is expected with even a slight chance of strong G3 storm conditions being possible according to the NOAA SWPC. The impact is expected within the next 3 to 12 hours. But that is not today’s headline story actually. Sunspot region 2975 yet again steals the spotlight as it just erupted with a major X1.3 solar flare. Space Weather Live Go to SourceRead More →

Two coronal mass ejections, G3 storm watch What an exciting two days we are having, sunspot regions 2978 and especially 2975 are really delivering with the latter group producing countless of C-class solar flares and even a couple of M-class solar flares. Yesterday’s M4.0 solar flare of course being the strongest thus far. This M4.0 solar flare and a smaller M1 solar flare launched two coronal mass ejections into space, both of which have an earth-directed component. Sunspot region 2975 remains a very complex Beta-Gamma-Delta sunspot region which is capable of more M-class activity, and perhaps even a low X-class flare. Space Weather Live GoRead More →

M4.0 solar flare from sunspot region 2975 Our Sun is suddenly kicking things into a higher gear with numerous sunspots and active regions appearing appearing all over the solar disk. Sunspot regions 2975 and 2978 are by the far the most interesting regions right now and have both been the source of numerous C-class solar flares.  Until late this morning that is. Sunspot region 2975 decided enough is enough and gave us a long duration M4.0 solar flare (R1-minor) that peaked at 11:29 UTC. This sunspot region is located right on the center of the earth-facing solar disk, great for an earth-directed coronal mass ejection!Read More →