- Older News Archive (January 2017)

January 12, 2017 @ 03:20 UTC
Solar Update
Do not adjust your monitors (or smartphones). An actual sunspot is now turning into view off the east limb. So far the region appears to be stable and non threatening. We will get a better look during the next few days. Image below courtesy of SDO/HMI.

Geomagnetic activity is currently at quieter levels. A persistent high speed solar wind stream continued to gradually decrease during the past 24 hours. Geomagnetic storming is not currently in the forecast. Stay tuned to for the latest spaceweather data and imagery.

January 9, 2017 @ 01:32 UTC
Solar Update / Fundraising 90% To Goal
Good evening. The visible solar disk has officially been void of numbered sunspots for the 5th day in a row. Solar flare activity is expected to remain at very low levels over the next day or so.

A persistent solar wind stream above 650 km/s originating from coronal hole #51 continues to move past our planet and is expected to gradually decrease over the next 24 hours. The quiet period may be short lived however as another enhancement will be possible beginning January 11th thanks to coronal hole #52. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should remain alert for visible aurora for the remainder of the week.

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January 6, 2017 @ 01:10 UTC
Solar Update / Coronal Hole Stream
Good evening. Solar activity continues at very low levels and the visible disk is once again void of sunspots. Attached image shows the Earth facing side of the sun 3 years ago on January 6, 2014, versus the visible disk at present time. We can expect many more days like today as we slowly make our way towards the next solar minimum, predicted in 2019-2020. Thank your Uncle Larry for coronal holes!

While on the topic of coronal holes, the current CH solar wind stream remains elevated, now just above 700 km/s. The Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) has so far failed to tilt south for an extended period, therefore likely suppressing overall geomagnetic activity. A minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for the next 12 hours. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visible aurora once dark outside.

Visible Disk, 2014 vs 2017 - SDO/HMI

January 5, 2017 @ 02:20 UTC
Geomagnetic Storm Watch (UDPATED)
Coronal Hole #51 is now geoeffective. A high speed solar wind is expected to possibly generate minor (G1) geomagnetic storming at higher latitudes within the next 24-48 hours. Sky watchers should be alert for visible aurora once dark outside.

UPDATED (Jan 5 @ 02:20 UTC): Enhanced geomagnetic activity (Kp4) continues at higher latitudes thanks to a high speed solar wind stream. An isolated period of minor (G1) storming will remain possible during the next 24 hours while the stream is geoeffective. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visible aurora should local viewing conditions allow.

January 2, 2017 @ 00:50 UTC
Another Coronal Hole Stream Expected
Coronal hole (48) continues to turn away from Earth and the solar wind flowing from this zone is expected to decrease in speed over the next day or so. The decrease will be short lived as a co-rotating interaction region (CIR), coupled with another coronal hole (51) will face Earth later this week. Aurora sky watchers can expect another round of enhanced geomagnetic activity, again possibly reaching minor (G1) storm levels beginning January 4th. More updates in the days ahead. Stay tuned to for the most up to date information.

January 1, 2017 @ 12:40 UTC
Happy New Year!
I just want to take this opportunity to wish my many thousands of website followers a very happy new year 2017!

I thank you for your support as enters its 11th year on the internet and hope you and your family all have a fantastic new year.

Cheers! - Kevin