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CHANCE OF STORMS: NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of geomagnetic storms on Dec. 9th, increasing to 55% on Dec. 10th in response to an incoming solar wind stream. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for colorful auroras after nightfall.
THE GEMINID METEOR SHOWER IS UNDERWAY: Canada's Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) is picking up echoes from the constellation Gemini. It's a sign that the annual Geminid meteor shower is underway. The bright pink "hot spot" in this CMOR sky map shows where Geminid meteoroids are hitting the atmosphere:
NOAA forecaster estimate a 40% chance of geomagnetic storms on December 9th, increasing to 55% on December 10th.
Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels with a chance for C-class flares all three days (08-10 Dec), and a slight chance for M-class (R1-R2/Minor-Moderate) radio blackouts on days two and three (09-10 Dec) due to an increased overall flare probability from the active region noted in STEREO imagery, rotating onto the visible disc.
Good morning. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Wednesday. Solar activity remains at very low levels with no noteworthy solar flares to report. All visible Earth facing regions are magnetically stable and non threatening at this time. No Earth directed coronal mass ejections were detected during the past day. Two large filaments continue to transition across the disk and will be monitored closely during the next several days.
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Good morning. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Wednesday, along with a look at a large northern hemisphere coronal hole. Solar activity is currently at very low levels. Region 2327 is now turning onto the west limb and will soon be out of direct Earth view. To avoid going spotless, the visible disk is left with a very small sunspot located in the southeast quadrant that may be assigned a number later today. Just for the record, the last time the visible disk went spotless was in July 2014. There is currently little chance for a noteworthy Earth facing solar flare today. As mentioned in a previous update, the coronal mass ejection (CME) observed on Tuesday following a large filament eruption in the northeast quadrant was directed well off the Sun-Earth line. A few other faint ejections were detected during the past 24 hours but also appear to be non threatening.
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