Solar Storm Incoming!

In 2-3 day’s time, we will be getting hit with a significant solar storm. While the possibilities of aurora sightings are excellent, the impact on human beings is less so. Here’s how to surf it.

Ongoing Solar Storm

Space Weather has issued this alert: EARTH DIRECTED X-FLARE: On March 11th at approximately 16:22 UT (09:22 PDT) sunspot AR2297 unleashed a strong X2-class solar flare. Extreme UV radiation from the blast is causing HF radio fade-outs and other propagation effects on the dayside of Earth, primarily over the Americas. If you are sensitive to…

How to Deal with Sun Spots and Solar Storms

I received an email today from SpaceWeather: One of the largest sunspots in years, AR1944, has turned toward Earth and it is crackling with strong flares. So far on Jan. 7th, the active region has produced M7- and X1-class eruptions, and more appear to be in the offing. As this alert is being issued, analysts…

Solar Storms

I posted last night to FaceBook that Spaceweather said “A moderate (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm is in progress on June 28-29 as Earth passes through a region of south-pointing magnetism in the solar wind. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. In the northern hemisphere, solstice twilight will sharply reduce visibility; southern hemisphere observers may…

Geomagnetic Storm Incoming!

SpaceWeather says a Geomagnetic Storm is coming: A CME is coming. The solar storm cloud was hurled toward us yesterday by an explosion in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2790. NOAA forecasters expect the CME to hit Earth’s magnetic field during the second half of Dec. 9th. The impact could spark a geomagnetic storm–most likely…

Ongoing geomagnetic storm increasing on September 29th

SpaceWeather issued this missive about geomagnetic activity over the weekend: A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, and it could spark the strongest geomagnetic storm in more than a year. NOAA forecasters say storm levels could reach category G2 (moderately strong) when the gaseous material arrives on Sept. 29th. Bright “equinox auroras” are already…

Use the incoming solar wind for course correction

SpaceWeather says A large hourglass-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing solar wind in our direction. Estimated time of arrival: August 5th-6th. Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras are possible when the gaseous material arrives. This solar wind will be hitting as we are moving into the energy of Lughnasadh,…

The solar wind is coming! The solar wind is coming!

So, I received an alert from SpaceWeather: During solar minimum, long-lasting holes open in the sun’s atmosphere, releasing streams of solar wind into space. A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction. Polar geomagnetic storms are likely when the gaseous material arrives on…

Heads up: Incoming solar activity again!

This note about solar activity came through my inbox today: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere, now directly facing Earth. A stream of solar wind escaping from the opening is expected to reach our planet during the late hours of Nov. 3rd, likely sparking minor G1-class geomagnetic storms…

The Effects of Solar Minimum and Cosmic Rays

Over the weekend, I posted to Facebook that SpaceWeather says “The solar cycle is plunging to its lowest level in years. As sunspots vanish and the sun’s magnetic field weakens, cosmic rays are penetrating the inner Solar System in greater numbers than usual. “ This is called Solar Minimum. Interestingly, I’ve recently been seeing (and…