- Older News Archive (May 2020)

May 29, 2020 @ 10:35 UTC
Not So Active Anymore?
The formerly active region continues to move into view and is not as impressive as most of us had hoped. There looks to be at least one small spot visible and a large amount of faculae, signalling that the region probably contained more spots while on the farside of the sun. The Solar X-Rays have returned to background levels and the chances for additional noteworthy solar flares appears to be low. Image by SDO/HMI.

FYI... Faculae appears white due to the high temperature difference compared to its surroundings on the surface of the sun (photosphere).

May 30, 2020 @ 12:00 UTC
The first M-Flare of the new Cycle was detected this morning. An impulsive M1.1 solar flare was observed off the northeast limb at 07:24 UTC this morning. We will get a better look at the likely sunspot during the next 24 hours as it begins to turn into view.

UPDATE: Another solar flare near M-Class, this time a C9.3 was detected at 10:46 UTC (May 29).

May 27, 2020 @ 21:25 UTC
Approaching Active Region / B-Flare
Good afternoon. An active region approaching the northeast limb just produced a minor solar flare that may be associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME). The minor event registered as a long duration B-Flare, but may have been somewhat stronger due to the fact it is not yet in direct satellite view. Imagery courtesy of STEREO Ahead reveals a wave spreading across the farside of the sun, which is sometimes indicative of a CME. Because the region is on the farside of the sun, it should be directed completely away from our planet. The possible sunspot belonging to Cycle 25 will begin to turn into view this weekend. Image by SDO/AIA.

May 17, 2020 @ 12:40 UTC
Plage Regions
Both regions belonging to Cycle 25 are now turning into view and appear to be spotless. Solar activity should remain at very low levels. Image below by SDO/HMI.

May 15, 2020 @ 01:30 UTC
Approaching Sunspot?
Good evening. A potential active region is currently hiding behind the east limb. Based on the high latitude location, it likely belongs to Solar Cycle 25. We will begin to see the region this weekend as it begins to turn into view. Image below by STEREO Ahead.

May 3, 2020 @ 19:00 UTC
Solar Update
Good afternoon. Solar activity remains at very low levels. The visible disk is currently void of visible sunspots, although a plage region belonging to Cycle 25 did pop up in the southeast quadrant. Image by SDO/HMI.

Geomagnetic activity is also at quiet levels. A weak transient from a coronal mass ejection (CME) observed on April 27th may pass our planet over the next 24-48 hours and could disturb our geomagnetic field. More updates will follow whenever necessary.

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