All is quiet now as sunspot region 652 has rotated out of view. It
did not leave quietly, however. A massive prominence was seen to
erupt on the western limb of the solar disk, and I suspect it was in
conjunction with a long duration C8-class flare. There was a big CME
accompanying the event. While it wasn't Earth-directed, it sure
looked impressive in the SOHO coronagraph imagery. For the next few
days, expect things to remain quiet. There are two small sunspot
regions visible, but neither appear to have flare-generating potential
at the present time.
The current solar and geopmagnetic conditions are :
NOAA sunspot number : 40
SFI : 83
A index : 11
K index : 3
Solar wind speed : 446.5 km/sec
Solar wind density : 1.3 protons/cc
Solar wind pressure : 0.5 nPa
IMF : 4.5 nT
IMF Orientation : 4.0 nT North
GOES-12 Background X-ray Flux level : A9
Conditions for the last 24 hours :
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
Forecast for the next 24 hours :
No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.
Solar activity forecast :
Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels. Region 655
has the potential to produce isolated C-class flares.
Geomagnetic activity forecast :
The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels
throughout the forecast period.
Recent significant solar flare activity :