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Active sunspot 1263 has left the Earthside of the sun

Active sunspot 1263, which just two days ago produced the most powerful solar flare of the new Solar Cycle (an X7), has left the Earthside of the sun. It is now beginning a two week transit across the solar farside. We can still see signs of its ongoing activity,

August 12, 2011

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Perseid meteor shower on August 12th and 13th

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. International observers are now reporting more than a dozen Perseids per hour, a number that will increase as the shower reaches its peak on August 12-13. Full

August 10, 2011

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Largest flare of Solar Cycle 24 occurred today - Non-Earth directed X6.9

This morning at 08:05 UTC, sunspot 1263 produced an X6.9 solar flare, the third X-flare of new Solar Cycle 24 and the most powerful so far. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the explosion's extreme ultraviolet flash:The brunt of the ex

August 09, 2011

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X 6.9 solar flare took place - partialy Earth-directed!!!

The largest solar flare of Cycle 24 just took place at 08:05 UTC and it registered a whopping X6.9. The source was Sunspot 1263 which is nearing the Western Limb. Because of its location, any large explosions may not be fully earth directed. When watching new video

August 09, 2011

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Another M-class solar flare

A second M-Class flare, this time a M2.5 took place at 03:54 UTC Tuesday morning around Sunspot 1263. This is in addition to the earlier M3.5 flare which we reported yesterday. The first flare produced a small, but fast moving (2010 km/s) Coronal Mass Ejection...

August 09, 2011

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Antiproton ring found around Earth

Antiprotons appear to ring the Earth, confined by the planet's magnetic field lines. The antimatter, which may persist for minutes or hours before annihilating with normal matter, could in theory be used to fuel ultra-efficient rockets of the future.Charged particle

August 09, 2011

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An exploding meteor responsible for a huge bang at Niue island in Pacific

An exploding meteor is believed to be responsible for a huge bang that reverberated around the Pacific island nation of Niue last week.Niue police chief Mark Chenery said the loud bang on Wednesday night woke the island's 1200 residents and he initially thought a

August 08, 2011

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M3.5 solar flare took place around Sunspot 1263

At 18:10 UTC Monday, a short duration M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263. Because of its location, any explosions at this point may not be earth directed.Just when solar activity was slowing down, an M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263

August 08, 2011

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Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size

Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size this weekend. A 28-hour movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the spot developing a tail that has added some 50,000 km of length to the active region.This development may increase the likelihood of a stro

August 08, 2011

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One of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years subsiding

Earth's magnetic field is still reverberating from a CME strike on August 5th that sparked one of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years. Registering 8 on the 0 to 9 "K-index" scale of magnetic disturbances, the storm, at its maximum, sparked...

August 06, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm still in progress but lingering

A geomagnetic storm is in progress. It began on August 5th around 18:00 UT when a CME struck Earth's magnetic field. At its peak during the hours just after impact, the storm registered 8 on the 0 to 9 "K-index" scale of geomagnetic disturbances,...

August 06, 2011

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Major geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

A major geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a CME on August 5th around 1800 UT. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras after nightfall. Tip: the best hours for aurora sightings are usually around local midnight.Analysts at the

August 05, 2011

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Strong solar activity - M9.3 solar flare took place, expecting CMEs

Sunspot 1261 is at it again, this time producing a strong M9.3 Solar Flare at 03:57 UTC Thursday morning. It also turns out that yet another Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced and you can see it in the still image below captured by STEREO Ahead.Proton Levels are o

August 04, 2011

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A moderate solar flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261

A Moderate Solar Flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261 at 13:47 UTC Wednesday and appears to be long in duration. A brief R2 Radio Blackout resulted. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is associated and can be seen in the image below. It is most likely

August 03, 2011

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Sunspots 1261 and 1263 produce pair of M-Class flares - Expecting geomagnetic storm

An M1.1 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1261 at 03:37 UTC Wednesday morning followed an hour later by a M1.7 flare around Sunspot 1263 at 04:32 UTC. Stay tuned to this website for any further developments.A long duration M1.4 Solar Flare took place around

August 03, 2011

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Massive double Sunspot 1263 - wider than the Earth - harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares!

Double sunspot 1263 is a whopper. Its two dark cores are each wider than Earth, and the entire region stretches more than 65,000 km from end to end. The clarity of  image is impressive. Note the granulation of the stellar surface surrounding the main dark cores.

August 02, 2011

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M1.4 Earth-directed solar flare took place

Magnetic fields above sunspot 1261 erupted this morning at 0648 UT, producing an M1-class solar flare. The blast also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection toward Earth. This movie from the STEREO-Ahead spacecraft shows the cloud racing away from the sun at almost

August 02, 2011