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…

Solar Wind Incoming

We are likely to get hit by a CME on Thursday, followed by a good burst of solar wind. Here’s how to surf the energies.

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…

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.

Solar Calm

I received this missive from SpaceWeather this evening: Less than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large active regions.  Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank.  Suddenly, the sunspot number and the sun’s x-ray output have dropped to their lowest levels in years.  Is Solar Maximum finished?  Probably not, but…

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…

Passing through folds in the heliospheric current

Did you feel a drop in your energy on January 6th, starting around 19:30UTC (11:30am Pacific)? SpaceWeather says we may have passed through a fold in the heliospheric current sheet, a giant, wavy membrane of electrical current rippling through the solar system: Yesterday, Jan. 6th, something unexpected happened in the soil of northern Norway. “Electrical…