LATEST SOLAR NEWS:
(Oct 21 1043UTC) Yesterday’s eruption will not hit earth. Solar wind and solar flaring are calm.
(Oct 20 2050UTC) The unexpected happened. A plasma filament near the center of the earth-facing half the sun erupted into space today. Luckily, much of the ejection is headed north and away from earth, but we await SOHO images to confirm no earth-directed eruption.
(Oct 20 1030UTC) Solar wind has begun to calm and so has earth’s magnetic shield. Solar flaring is expected to remain low as the lone sunspot group decays and begins turning away to the farside. No Space Weather is expected until the next coronal hole stream. If the small opening that just crossed center-sun hits us it will be tomorrow; the bigger coronal holes top left will not get their solar wind to earth until early next week.
LATEST SOLAR NEWS:
Learn About Solar Wind Here
If a solar eruption is ever ACTUALLY going to affect earth’s power grid, the satellites will be affected first. See the spacecraft hazards charts below:
The 6 charts above are simple. Green is good. Yellow is approaching charging levels. Red is satellite charging hazard. If you see lots of Red here and a KP of 9 following a large solar flare or other solar eruption (and then your internet and power go down) there is a chance the sun has taken it away.
Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) has moved to QuakeWatch.net
The Three D-RAP Charts above show Atmosphere and Ionosphere Effect from Space Weather
Top chart will always show any flare irradiance. Center chart will begin showing effects at radio blackout levels. The bottom chart will only light up during significant events.
Communications Conditions courtesy of www.hamqsl.com/solar.html
Long-Term Solar Progression
This chart is yet another one from Solen.info – it shows the current solar cycle sunspot counts compared to previous cycles.