27 February 2018

Solar Storms Predicted

Let's keep both eyes out for this. I'm pretty sure many have already felt (and are still feeling) this. The sunspot is more than 3 times the diameter of Earth.

Excerpt from SpaceWeather.com:

A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Feb. 27th as Earth enters a stream of solar wind flowing from a canyon-shaped hole in the sun's atmosphere. NOAA forecasters say there is a chance this storm could intensify to category G2, in which case auroras could appear in northern-tier US states from Maine to Washington. Stay tuned for updates. Free: Aurora Alerts
This unnumbered sunspot is developing rapidly. At the beginning of Feb. 26th it was invisible. Now it stretches across more than 40,000 km of the sun's surface and contains multiple Moon-sized dark cores. Amateur astronomers with backyard solar telescopes should have no trouble seeing this active region. Monitoring is encouraged.

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