After about 10 days of very quite solar weather news, today we’ve seen several events. It is likely this is the start of the next uptick in solar activity.
First – Aurora are being reported in Northern Europe and Iceland already this evening. Do you have a picture you would like to share? We’re seeing elevated KP. So far the KP has been as high as 5.67. This is resulting from the arrival of higher solar wind speed which was perfectly timed and coincided with a shift to negative Bz. Here is the Bz Chart from spaceweatherlive.com
Second – There is a large filament rotating into view on the solar disk. This should be pointed towards earth in about 7 days. If it erupts while facing Earth, we could see a CME arrival at Earth.
Third – Two M-class flares were launched today from an Active Region that is rotating onto the disk. The first was an impulsive M1.1 flare. The second is a very long duration M2.28 flare. These won’t produce Earth-directed CMEs, but as they rotate, it is likely they will continue to produce flares.
Enjoy the show tonight, and keep tuned as next week may be very active.