Space weather

Geomagnetic storming expected to continue over the next two days

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2-Moderate levels has been observed on August 27, 2015, mostly due to effects of August 22 CME that arrived late on August 25. This activity is expected to slightly wane throughout the day, but active levels are again expected later in the da

August 27, 2015

Long duration M2.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.9 at its peak time erupted from Region 2403 on August 27, 2015. This was a long duration flare; the event started at 04:48, peaked at 05:44 and ended at 06:03 UTC.There were no associated radio signatures that would suggest a

August 27, 2015

Region 2403 produces its 7th and strongest M-class solar flare yet - M5.6 on August 24

At 07:33 UTC on August 24, Active Region 2403 produced its 7th M-class solar flare, and strongest so far, since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun. Today's event was impulsive in nature, it started at 07:26, peaked at 07:33 as M5.6 and ended at 07:35

August 24, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels in progress, CME hit expected on August 24

A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a series of positive polarity coronal hole high speed streams (CH HSS) is causing elevated geomagnetic field levels on Sunday, August 23, 2015.A further enhancement is expected early to midday August 24 with the arrival

August 23, 2015

4th M-class flare: M1.2 from Region 2403 peaks at 06:49 UTC on August 22 producing a CME

Region 2403 erupted with its fourth M-class solar flare at 06:49 UTC on August 22, 2015. The latest event started at 06:39, peaked at 06:49 as M1.2, and ended at 06:59 UTC. Radio signatures indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced.A Type II Radio Emission wit

August 22, 2015

Third M-class solar flare of the day erupts from Region 2403: Long duration M1.1

At 20:34 UTC on August 21, Region 2403 erupted with its third M-class solar flare of the day. The event started at 19:10, peaked at 20:34 as M1.1 and ended at 20:50 UTC.This was a long duration event. However, there were no recorded radio signatures that would suggest a

August 21, 2015

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare and CME produced by Region 2403

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted from Region 2403 at 09:48 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 09:34, peaked at 09:48 as M1.4 solar flare, and ended at 10:07 UTC. Radio signatures suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. These are the

August 21, 2015

Moderately strong M1.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

Region 2403, located in the southeast quadrant, erupted with moderately strong M1.2 solar flare at 02:18 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 01:56, peaked at 02:18 and ended at 02:37 UTC.There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection

August 21, 2015

A rare space weather phenomena caught on camera: Gigantic jets outbursts on top of the Hurricane "Hilda"

A strong outburst of lightning from Hurricane "Hilda", in the Pacific Ocean, was reported by the National Weather Service on August 10, 2015. At first, the scientist thought the lightning was the so-called sprites phenomena, however, closer observation showed

August 16, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G3 (Strong) levels in progress, extreme conditions possible

During the last 24 hours, solar wind parameters, measured by the ACE spacecraft, were indicative of background solar wind conditions until 07:45 UTC on August 15, when a sudden impulse occurred due to the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a

August 15, 2015

G1-Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

A G1-Minor geomagnetic storm is in progress as a result of coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) buffeting Earth's magnetic field.Effects from the CH HSS are expected to continue disrupting the solar wind environment for the rest of the July 13.By July 14,

July 13, 2015

Solar activity to fall by 60% during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 17th century ‘mini ice age’

A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60% during the 2030s to conditions last seen

July 11, 2015

Coronal hole high speed stream causing geomagnetic storming

During the late UTC hours of July 10, 2015, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) hit Earth's magnetic field causing enhanced geomagnetic activity.Geomagnetic K-index of 5 threshold (G1-Minor geomagnetic storm) was first reached at 22:44 UTC. Area of impact was pr

July 11, 2015

Region 2381 rapidly grows, produces M1.0 and M1.8 solar flares

Beta-gamma classified Region 2381 exhibited rapid growth over the past 24 hours (by 12:30 UtC today) and produced a moderately strong M1.0 solar flare at 08:44 UTC on July 6, 2015. The event started at 08:24 and ended at 08:59 UTC. There were no radio signatures that wo

July 06, 2015

Geomagnetic storming briefly reaches G2-Moderate levels

During the last 24 hours, solar wind parameters reflected an enhanced solar wind environment due to the onset of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) in advance of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Solar wind speed increased from initial va

July 05, 2015

Filament eruptions and impulsive M1.5 solar flare, geomagnetic storming expected due to CH HSS

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M1.5 at its peak time erupted at 12:53 UTC on July 3, 2015. The event started at 12:47 and ended at 12:53 UTC.The source was Region 2378, which rotated into the southwest quadrant yesterday producing innumerous C-class solar flares

July 03, 2015

5th Earth-directed CME produced as long duration M7.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2371

Region 2371, the source of 4 Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, erupted with long duration M7.9 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 08:16 UTC on June 25, 2015. The event started at 08:02 and ended at 09:05 UTC. A Type II (estimated veloc

June 25, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G2-Moderate levels in progress

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by a long duration M6.5 solar flare on June 22 appears to have arrived at 13:00 UTC on June 24.Bt increased to 15nT and solar wind velocities increased to over 700 km/s at the time. Bz, however, remained largely positive and the over

June 25, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G4-Severe levels in progress

Three Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) produced on June 18, 19 and 21 have now all arrived at our planet and their combined effects caused G4-Strong geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the cu

June 22, 2015

Long duration M6.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2371, 4th Earth-directed CME produced

Active Region 2371, the source of two Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, produced an M6.5 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 18:23 UTC on June 22, 2015. The event started at 17:39 and ended at 18:51 UTC. Region 2371 is one of the

June 22, 2015

Three Earth-directed CMEs trigger G3-Strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from June 18, 19 and 21 have significantly increased chances for G3-Strong geomagnetic storms on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the current solar cycle, which is currently di

June 22, 2015

Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371, G3-Strong geomagnetic storm expected

Active Region 2371, now classifiead as Beta-Gamma-Delta and located near the center of the disk, erupted with two M-class solar flares - M2.0 and M2.7 - early on June 21, 2015 producing Earth-directed full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Arrival is expected midday Jun

June 21, 2015

Partial-halo CME to deliver glancing blow on June 23

Filament eruption in the SSE quadrant of the Sun produced a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) first observed in coronagraph imagery near 08:45 UTC on June 19 (above). WSA-Enlil model suggests a glancing blow early on June 23. Beta-Gamma-Delta classified Region

June 20, 2015

Region 2371 produced long duration M3.0 solar flare, glancing blow expected

Beta-Gamma classified Region 2371 produced a long duration M3.0 solar flare peaking at 17:35 UTC on June 18, 2015. The event started at 16:25 and ended at 19:00 UTC. A full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced, it will likely make a glancing blow at Earth late

June 18, 2015

Long duration M1.2 solar flare off the southwest limb produces large CME, solar radiation storm

A long duration M1.2 solar flare erupted from the vicinity of departing Region 2365, off the southwest limb, at 01:27 UTC on June 18, 2015. The event produced a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and is currently causing solar radiation storm on Earth, reaching S1 (Minor

June 18, 2015

Departing Region 2360 produces M1.3 solar flare

Solar activity is again reaching moderate levels today with 'beta-gamma' classified Region 2360 being the most productive. This region, located near the western limb, produced an M1.3 solar flare at 07:29 UTC on June 13. The event started at 07:20 and ended at 0

June 13, 2015

Increased solar activity, glancing blow CME impact expected on June 12

Solar activity has increased to moderate levels during last 24 hours with an impulsive M1.0 solar flare (R1-Minor) at 08:55 UTC on June 11, 2015. The source was an area of enhanced emission on the Sun's east limb.Current SDO imagery reveals a cluster of sunspots

June 11, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate in progress

Earth's geomagnetic field is disturbed since early June 7, 2015 as a result of solar sector boundary crossing (SSBC) preceding the negative polarity CH HSS. Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate are in progress today.SWPC said SSBC occurred at 01:45 UTC on June

June 08, 2015

Disturbed geomagnetic field: Brief G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Earth's magnetic field is still disturbed in response to continued presence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS), possibly combined with a transient feature originally expected for May 17. Between 12:30 UTC on May 18 and 12:30 UTC on May 1

May 19, 2015

Several eruptive filament structures observed in last 24 hours

Several eruptive filament structures occurred during last 24 hours as observed in SDO/AIA and GONG/H-alpha imagery.The most impressive was an eruptive prominence (EPL) from the NE limb and a connected highly active and partially eruptive filament from the NE quadrant.

May 16, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels in progress

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels is currently in progress due to continued accelerated solar wind speeds and enhanced magnetospheric activity. This activity is attributed to a well connected coronal hole located just south of the solar Equatorial plane, S

May 13, 2015

Filament eruption produces CME off the west limb, proton spike

A solar filament/prominence was observed leaving the west limb of the Sun around 02:20 UTC today resulting in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Although this CME has a trajectory which is away from the Sun - Earth line, and despite its relatively slow velocity, there was a

May 12, 2015

Major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupts from Region 2339, CME produced

An impulsive, major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupted at 22:11 UTC on May 5, 2015 producing R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout. The event started at 22:05 and ended at 22:15 UTC. The source of this powerful eruption was old Region 2322, now numbered as 2339 and located on the n

May 05, 2015

Solar activity uptick - M1.9 solar flare erupts from the northeast limb (+ M1.2, M1.3, M2.6 and X2.7)

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.9 at its peak time erupted at 09:47 UTC on May 5, 2015 from old Region 2322. This region is emerging from the northeast limb for its second transit through the Earth side of the Sun, and is now known as Region 2339. The event starte

May 05, 2015

Large solar filament erupts from the northeast quadrant

A large solar filament located in the northeast quadrant erupted around 14:00 UTC on April 28, 2015 sending a bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space.CME is visible in latest SOHO LASCO C2 imagery and it appears directed away from our planet.Image credit: ESA/NASA

April 28, 2015