Category Archives: Coronal Mass Ejections

Strong Solar Activity Continues (updated with h-alpha images from Mark Payne)

Solar activity is high. During a 24 hour period over May 13th and 14th, the sun unleashed three X-class solar flares. These are the strongest flares of the year so far, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity. The source of the flares, a large sunspot on the sun’s eastern limb, appears poised […] Continue Reading »

Astronomy and Space News Roundup: 5th May 2013 to 13th May 2013

The Sun may have finally realised it’s late for this cycle’s maxima, speculation that Hydrogen and dark matter are skulking together in the void between galaxies, and an emergency spacewalk to stop the ISS from losing its cool(ant). Date Title/Link Source Submitted by 6th May 2013 Landsat Thermal Sensor Lights Up from Volcano’s Heat NASA […] Continue Reading »

Possibility of aurora tonight, Sunday 17th March 2013

Following a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) impact earlier today, there is a possibility of aurora tonight. At the time of writing the KP index is measuring 6. The higher the number, the more likely we are to see an aurora. KP=6 means there’s a possibility. If it gets to 7 above the likelyhood increases […] Continue Reading »