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Geomagnetic storm continues

New sunspot AR1295 is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb and crackling with solar flares. The strongest so far, a C9.9-category blast, did something remarkable. Click on the arrow to watch an extreme ultraviolet movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics

September 13, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm subsiding, expecting more CMEs

The first of several CMEs en route to Earth struck our planet's magnetic field on Sept. 9th around 1130UT. The impact sparked a strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm, which is now subsiding. Last night Northern Lights were spotted in the United States as far south

September 10, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress

UPDATE: The Geomagnetic Storm has subsided over the past few hours. However, the solar wind remains energized and occasional pulses of activity are expected for another 24 hours. Region 1283, the responsible party back at the Sun, decayed today. The Geomagnetic Storm

September 10, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress!

A polar geomagnetic storm (Kp=5) is in progress following the impact of a CME around 1100 UT on Sept. 9th. This could be the first of several hits from a series of CMEs expected to reach Earth during the weekend. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras

September 09, 2011

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Sun spews CME toward Mercury

On Sept 8th around 2300 UT, the SOHO and STEREO spacecraft detected a significant CME emerging from the farside of the sun. Earth is not in the line of fire, but the planet Mercury is. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the cloud will reach the

September 09, 2011

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Strange activity around the Sun

SDO/AIA 304     2011/09/08   00:57:46SDO/AIA 304     2011/09/08   01:29:57There are few more interesting images recorded by LASCO2 and LASCO3  (Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraphs).C2 images show t

September 09, 2011

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Strong solar activity in past 72 hours

A strong M-Class flare registering M6.7 took place at 15:46 UTC around active Sunspot 1283. Stay tuned for any further updates.  (SolarHam)On Sept. 8th at 1546 UT, sunspot 1283 unleashed an M6-class solar flare. This continues the active region's 3-day trend of

September 09, 2011

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Solar radio bursts

This week's sharp increase in solar activity has turned the Sun into a radio transmitter. Bursts of shortwave static are coming from the unstable magnetic canopy of sunspot 1283. Yesterday in New Mexico, amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded some...

September 07, 2011

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X2.1 solar flare took place

A strong X2.1 Class Solar Flare took place at 22:20 UTC Tuesday and was centered around Sunspot 1283. Another CME now looks to have resulted (watch it). A Type II and Type IV sweep frequency event occurred as well as a TenFlare (10.7cm Radio Burst). Proton Levels are

September 07, 2011

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Earth-directed M5.3 solar flare took place

This morning at 0150 UT, sunspot 1283 produced an M5.3-class solar flare. A movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the flash of extreme UV radiation. Because of the sunspot's central location on the solar disk, the eruption was Earth-directed and a CME

September 06, 2011

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M-class solar flares on northwestern limb of the sun

The northwestern limb of the sun is crackling with M-class solar flares. The source appears to be departing sunspot complex 1280-1286. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) emerging from the blast site are not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, these flares are having a minor

September 05, 2011

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M3 solar flare took place on Sun's western limb

This morning at 1145 UT, an active region on the sun's western limb unleashed an M3-class solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flash of extreme UV radiation:Although the blast site was not directly facing Earth, radiation from the explosion

September 04, 2011

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An enormous filament of magnetism slithering over the sun's northeastern limb

Today, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring sine wave 400,000 km long.  It's an enormous filament of magnetism slithering over the sun's northeastern limb:One of the wave troughs appears to be passing through the core of sunspot 1282. If so, an eruption

September 01, 2011

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Several sunspots have popped up around the visible solar disk

Sunspots are emerging at several locations around the solar disk, peppering the Earth-side of the sun with active regions. Of particular interest is fast-growing sunspot 1282, shown here in an August 31st snapshot from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:AR1282 has

August 30, 2011

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Expected impact of an incoming solar wind stream

NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of polar geomagnetic activity today in response to the expected impact of an incoming solar wind stream. Solar activity is at very low levels and there is currently no chance for strong solar flares on the earth facing side of...

August 29, 2011

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Coronal hole in the Sun's atmosphere is spewing solar wind toward Earth

A yawning dark hole in the sun's atmosphere is spewing solar wind toward Earth. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the opening during the early hours of Aug. 26th: Solar wind flowing from this coronal hole is expected to arrive on Aug. 28-29,...

August 26, 2011

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A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field

A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of August 24th, sparking geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle. "Bright, fast-moving auroras lit up the sky just after midnight," reports Sean M. Scully, who sends this picture f

August 24, 2011