SolarHam News (May 2022)

Solar Update / AR 3014 Expands
May 18, 2022 @ 12:20 UTC
While most of the active regions on the visible disk have been showing some signs of decay, AR 3014 on the other hand expanded considerably during the past 24 hours. This region continues to produce occasional minor C-Flares and will remain a threat for a moderate M-Flare. Additional X-Ray activity is being detected around an approaching region behind the northeast limb and will begin to turn into view during the next 24 hours. Image below by SDO/HMI.

May 16, 2022 @ 13:35 UTC
Solar activity is again at moderate levels. An M2.4 solar flare was just detected around a new active region towards the northeast limb at 13:27 UTC (May 16).

UPDATE: The source of the M2.4 flare earlier today was assigned AR 3017.

Quick Solar Update
May 16, 2022 @ 12:50 UTC
With the exception of the occasional C-Flare, solar activity has been mostly quiet during the past 24 hours. There are currently 5 numbered sunspot regions visible, along with 2 yet to be assigned active regions that turned onto the visible disk. There will remain a chance for an isolated M-Flare during the next 24 hours. Image courtesy of SDO/HMI.

Quick Solar Update
May 14, 2022 @ 12:15 UTC
Solar activity during the past 24 hours was at fairly low levels with only minor C-Flares detected. Most of the activity has been centered around both AR 3007 and a possible active region just behind the northeast limb. There will remain a continued chance for moderate M-Flares with AR 3007 and the spotted regions towards the northeast limb being the most likely source.

West Limb Eruption
May 11, 2022 @ 19:15 UTC
An eruption behind the west limb in the vicinity of AR 3004 was just observed. This event peaked at M2.6, however was likely larger due to the fact the sunspot region is no longer in direct view. A nice coronal mass ejection (CME) is almost certain, however it will be directed away from our planet. Other than a minor (R1) level radio blackout, no major effects are expected at this time. Image below by SDO/AIA.

ALERT: Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2022 May 11 1824 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 1258 km/s

Farsided Activity
May 11, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC
Farsided activity looks to be quite active with a nice coronal mass ejection (CME) observed in coronagraph imagery today. The source of this event may have been old active regions 2993/2994, now about 3 days away from turning back into view on the east limb.

UPDATE: It should be noted that another possible region in the southern hemisphere also appears to be active and is a few days away from the east limb as well.

May 10, 2022 @ 16:30 UTC
Apparently X-Flares are popular nowadays. An X1.5 event was obvserved today around Earth facing sunspot region 3006 at 13:55 UTC (May 10). More information regarding this and a possible CME later today.

UPDATE: It does not appear that this event triggered a noteworthy CME, although a number of plasma clouds are seen leaving the Sun from various events around the Sun. More to come.

Solar Update
May 8, 2022 @ 20:00 UTC
Below is a look at newly assigned AR 3007 as it turns into view off the southeast limb. This region just produced a minor C8.2 flare at 19:38 UTC (May 8th). Elsewhere, AR 3004 continues to move closer towards the west limb and has produced minor B-Class and C-Class flares today. AR 3006 approaching center disk in the southern hemisphere has been mostly stable. There will remain a chance for an isolated M-Class solar flare during the next 24 hours. Image courtesy of SDO/HMI.

Solar Update
May 6, 2022 @ 14:10 UTC
Good morning. Solar activity during the past 24 hours declined to lower levels with several low level C-Flares detected around both AR 3004 and 3006.

AR 3004 did show some signs of decay within the trailing section of the group, but will remain a threat for an isolated moderate M-Flare. AR 3006 in the southeast quadrant showed new spot development during the past 12 hours and will also remain a threat for an isolated moderate M-Flare. A major X-Class solar flare is less likely, but cannot be ruled out. Image courtesy of SDO/HMI.

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Fast Growing Sunspot Region / Flare Threat
May 4, 2022 @ 19:10 UTC
Good afternoon. Below is an updated look at Earth facing AR 3004 which continues to expand in both size and magnetic complexity. The fast developing region has been producing C-Class and M-Class solar flares today and there may be a chance for an isolated major X-Flare. This region will be monitored while if faces our planet.

Surprise X-Flare
May 3, 2022 @ 18:50 UTC
A new active region turning into view off the southeast limb produced a surprise X1.1 solar flare at 13:25 UTC (May 3). Although a bright flare, a noteworthy coronal mass ejection (CME) does not appear associated. The region will be monitored as it continues to turn further into view.

Solar Update
May 2, 2022 @ 20:10 UTC
Solar activity has been much quieter since both AR 2993 and 2994 turned behind the west limb. We now focus on what is currently facing us and what is around the corner.

A new active region assigned 3004 is forming in the southeast quadrant and could become a threat for minor C-Class solar flares.

A potential active region just behind the southeast limb will begin turning into view during the next 24 hours and is currently producing at least minor C-Class solar flares. Something to keep an eye on as we head into Tuesday. All other spotted regions are currently stable.

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