Hello again folks. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Friday. Solar activity during the past 24 hours reached moderate levels. An active region turning into view off the southeast limb was responsible for an impulsive M1.0 solar flare at 08:55 UTC, along with a number of low to mid level C-Flares. This region will likely be assigned number 2367 and may produce an additional isolated M-Flare. In the northwest quadrant, region 2360 has been producing the occasional minor C-Flare. All other regions are currently stable. A minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch was issued by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) for Friday, June 12th. A faint coronal mass ejection (CME) observed following a minor filament eruption on Tuesday could deliver a glancing blow to our geomagnetic field. Sky watchers at high latitudes should be alert should the impact materialize.
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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 Monday. Solar activity during the past 24 hours was low. Region 2335 produced a number of minor C-Flares including a C8.0 at 00:52 UTC. The active region continued to expand and now has Beta-Gamma magnetic classification. There is now an increased chance for a moderate M-Flare. All other visible regions, 2336, 2337 and 2338 showed minor signs of growth, but were otherwise stable. An approaching active region located behind the east limb was responsible for a coronal mass ejection (CME) now visible in the latest coronagraph imagery. The source is possibly old sunspot 2322 from the previous rotation. We will begin to see the sunspot reappear during the next 48 hours. Increased solar activity could be on the horizon.
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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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Good morning. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Saturday. Also included is a new video showing how Texas seeds their skies to produce rain, known as cloud-seeding or 'geoengineering'. Solar activity during the past 24 hours was low with C-Class activity detected around a group of sunspots (2321) turning into view off the northeast limb. This includes a minor C4.7 flare at 02:41 UTC (Apr 11). We will get a better look at these spots during the next 24-48 hours. Elsewhere, region 2320 is mostly stable as it moves across the southwest quadrant. There will be a chance for an isolated M-Flare this weekend.
Enhanced geomagnetic activity reaching near minor storm levels is being observed at high latitudes due to a primarily south pointing Bz/IMF solar wind component. Sky watchers at high latitudes should remain alert for visible aurora displays during the next 24 hours if it is dark outside.
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