|December 31, 2019 @ 00:45 UTC|
|Happy New Year 2020!|
Well here we are at the end of 2019 and about to start a new decade. This past year saw a decline in Cycle 24 sunspots, large periods of time with no sunspots at all, and finally some hope with new Cycle 25 spots starting to appear. The largest flare of the past year was a C9.9 from sunspot 2740 in May and the odd geomagnetic storm caused mostly by coronal hole streams did at least provide some nice aurora for high latitude sky watchers throughout the year. What will 2020 bring us? Expect many more spotless days in the months ahead, but with more Cycle 25 sunspots thrown into the mix. Hopefully by the end of the new year we will have a better idea as to where we sit in regards to the currently solar minimum.|
Thanks again to everybody who continues to support SolarHam and expect the brand new and much more advanced website to be launched in 2020.
Cheers and Happy New Year 2020!
- Kevin (VE3EN)
|December 24, 2019 @ 20:30 UTC|
|Two Regions at Once|
Good afternoon. Here is an updated image of the visible solar disk. We now officially have two spotted regions belonging to Solar Cycle 25. Both regions 2753 in the southeast quadrant and 2754 in the northwest have simple beta magnetic layouts and are not considered a threat for noteworthy solar flares. Still a decent reminder that the quiet of the past year will not last forever. Image below by SDO/HMI.|
I hope everybody has a very Merry Christmas!
|December 23, 2019 @ 20:00 UTC|
|Cycle 25 Sunspot Emerging|
Just a few days before Christmas and the Sun is giving us a little gift to pull us out of the solar boredom. A new sunspot belonging to Solar Cycle 25 is emerging in the southeast quadrant. Should it stick around long enough, it could be assigned AR 2753. So far it does not pose a threat for noteworthy solar flares. Imagery below by SDO/HMI.