- Older News Archive (February 2016)

February 5, 2016 @ 01:05 UTC
Sunspot Watch
A new region numbered 2494 formed quickly during the past 24 hours and already contains a couple of delta magnetic spots within the cluster. The active region has been responsible for a number of C-Class flares and depeding on development, will be an increasing threat for moderate M-Class solar flares. Region 2494 is located near center disk which means any potential eruptions during the next few days would likely be Earth directed. Stay tuned for the latest details.

February 4, 2016 @ 01:00 UTC
Solar Update
Good evening folks. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk as we head into Thursday. Solar activity during the past 24 hours was low. A number of low level C-Flares were observed around newly assigned region 2493 in the southwest quadrant. This region, along with sunspot 2490 continued to show minor growth and will be monitored. A new sunspot is forming at middle latitude to the south of region 2491 and will likely be assigned a number by tomorrow morning. A coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed off the southwest limb and looks to be associated with farsided activity and is not Earth directed. Stay tuned to for the latest data and imagery.

February 2, 2016 @ 00:00 UTC
High Latitude Aurora
When outside in the cold weather watching the aurora, something hot in a SolarHam mug is the way to go. Photo below captured Sunday night in Alaska by our good friend Marketa Murray.

More aurora around the Arctic Circle will be posisble in the days ahead as an enhanced solar wind stream is expected to become geoeffective.