It has been a good weekend for northern sky watchers. A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field on Saturday, sparking two days of auroras around the Arctic Circle. In Alberta, Canada, this morning, the month of May began with a psychedelic sky:
High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. The solar wind continues to blow at high speed, and NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of more geomagnetic activity during the next 24 hours. (SpaceWeather)
speed: 639.4 km/sec
density: 0.1 protons/cm3
Interplanetary Mag. Field
Btotal: 4.3 nT
Bz: 2.6 nT north
A few new sunspots are forming just to the east of Sunspot 1203 which is located in the northeast section of the visible solar disk. There is not yet a chance for strong solar flares around these regions.
C-Class flare producing sunspots 1195 and 1199 are rotating onto the western limb and will soon be out of direct earth view.
Sunspot 1200 which is transiting the southern hemisphere is now losing size once again. This region does not want to make up its mind as to want to grow or simply fade away. (SolarHam)
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Other support options include Patreon pledges, one-off payments using PayPal and purchasing products from our webshop.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.