Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Report for 11/23/11

In late October, the Sun was so active that auroras could be seen as far south as Arkansas and Arizona in the US! The Sun has been putting on less of a performance so far this month, although yesterday a prominence erupted which was several times the size of the Earth! Although not Earth-facing, it was a beautiful sight (video).

A picture of yesterday's prominence eruption taken by SDO.

According to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, there is a 30% chance of M-class solar flares in the next few days, but otherwise solar activity is expected to be low. Forecasters are keeping their eyes on sunspot 1356 as a potential source of flares.

Sunspot 1356 is currently a potential source of flares.