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Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by brokenheadphonez
Still very low level but the Group has increased in size a bit. It will be slipping around the limb of the Sun in a couple of days though. I'm not sure anything coming out of it will be heading in our direction.
RESURGENT SUNSPOT: Yesterday, sunspot 1024 took the day off; the fast-growing active region stopped growing and even decayed a little. Today, the sunspot is growing again. It now measures 125,000 km from end to end, almost as wide as the planet Jupiter
The size of the spot makes it a fine target for backyard solar telescopes. And it is worth watching. Sunspot 1024 is the first big sunspot of new Solar Cycle 24, and it is crackling with minor but photogenic B-class flares. By itself, this one active region won't bring an end to the deepest solar minimum in a century, but it does show that the sun's magnetic dynamo is still working--a fact some had begun to doubt. More sunspots are coming, so stay tuned.
Recent activity The geomagnetic field was quiet on July 7. Solar wind speed ranged between 330 and 349 km/s. Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 71.3. The planetary A index was 4 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 4.8). Three hour interval K indices: 11011222 (planetary), 11111212 (Boulder). The background x-ray flux is at the class A4 level. At midnight there was 1 spotted region on the visible solar disk. Region 11024 decayed early in the day, then new flux emerged in the trailing and intermediate spot sections. There is an increasing chance of C flares.
Originally posted by symmetricAvenger
Well I have just been surfing as you do.. and came across this
now i shall put some info from the link
IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.
and now ?
what is going on ??
and this ?