There’s a new spot on the Sun: AR2782 (shown below).
It is not particularly large, but it is highly unstable.
The active region is crackling with C-class solar flares.
The action began on Nov 11 (19:10 UT) with this category C2 eruption:
Dr Tony Phillips at spaceweather.com urges you to watch the animation again: “Do you see a sudden dimming just outside the blast site?” he asks.
“The explosion actually blew hot gas out of the Sun’s atmosphere, leaving a relatively dark void behind,” explains Dr Phillips.
The flare proceeded to hurl a CME (coronal mass ejection) into space, and NOAA analysts are modeling the storm cloud now to see if it might hit Earth.
Dr Phillips says this is unlikely because the sunspot isn’t facing Earth, but as the spot turns around the limb it is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
In other news, rare red and pink auroras have returned to the skies over Finland. As occurred earlier in the month, the pinkish hue appeared when the solar wind was slow and unusually dense — a further indication that something is up with our planet’s magnetic field.
The color pink is significant, points out Dr Phillips. It means that particles from space are descending lower than usual in Earth’s atmosphere. Green auroras happen when electrons strike oxygen atoms 100 to 200 km above Earth’s surface, pink appears when the electrons burrow deeper, striking nitrogen molecules at the 100 km level and below.
Excluding the unusual pinkish palette, strong auroras can happen at any time around the Arctic Circle. However, evidence suggests that magnetic cracks and surprise displays are becoming far more frequent — phenomenons correlating neatly with Earth’s weakening magnetic field.
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A grid-down scenario is coming to a town near you–it’s just matter of when, not if.
Best guesses see the highest level of threat occurring during the ramp-up of Solar Cycle 25 (now until around 2025), when solar activity is increasing while Earth’s shields remain low (due to two independent factors: a GSM and Pole Shift).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift