~Space Weather Update~ Something in the Offing

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SOMETHING IN THE OFFING: A potentially significant active region is about to rotate onto the Earthside of the sun. A hot plume of plasma flying over the sun's northeastern limb heralded its approach during the early hours of April 15th:



Extreme UV image credit: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

The eruption hurled a coronal mass ejection toward NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have prepared a forecast track showing the progress of the cloud. No planets are in the line of fire.


Stay tuned for updates as the sun turns to reveal the active region in the days ahead. Solar flare alerts: text, phone.



Solar wind
speed: 365.5 km/sec
density: 0.0 protons/cm3

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Updated: Today at 1635 UT

X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: B5
1157 UT Apr16
24-hr: C1 0047 UT Apr16
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Updated: Today at: 1600 UT

Daily Sun: 16 Apr 12

Sunspot 1459 is large, but its magnetic field is simple, posing little threat for strong flares. Credit: SDO/HMI

Sunspot number: 77
What is the sunspot number?
Updated 15 Apr 2012

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2012 total: 0 days (0%)
2011 total: 2 days (<1%)
2010 total: 51 days (14%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)
Since 2004: 821 days
Typical Solar Min: 486 days

Updated 15 Apr 2012

The Radio Sun
10.7 cm flux: 102 sfu

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Updated 15 Apr 2012

Current Auroral Oval:

Switch to: Europe, USA, New Zealand, Antarctica

Planetary K-index
Now: Kp= 2 quiet
24-hr max: Kp= 2
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Interplanetary Mag. Field
Btotal: 3.0 nT
Bz: 0.1 nT south

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Updated: Today at 1637 UT

Coronal Holes: 16 Apr 12

There are no large coronal holes on tthe Earthside of the sun. Credit: SDO/AIA.