Leif Svalgaard at AGU on the Current Solar Cycle: ‘None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle’

WUWT’s resident solar expert Dr. Leif Svalgaard (and others) says  ‘None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle’  and the panel he was on talk about the current state of our solar cycle at the AGU Fall Meeting. Here is Dr. Svalgaard’s current SSN plot: Watch the video, Leif is on the…

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Sunspot group AR1890 takes direct aim at earth

May produce a dangerous X-class flare that could directly impact Earth Steve Davidson writes: Right now, today, one of the largest sunspot groups of Cycle 24 – AR1890 – is pointing nearly strait at Earth. AR1890 has already produced a large X-class Level 3 solar flare Monday. from Spaceweather.com: X3-CLASS SOLAR FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have…

About that almost ‘Carrington Event’ two weeks ago

Lots of people talking about this article in the UK daily Mail: A near miss for Earth: Solar flare that could have knocked out power, cars and phones came so close two weeks ago Earth has narrowly missed electromagnetic pulses caused by solar flares If they had hit, the pulses could have knocked out electrical…

Sun produces four X-class flares in two days

Above: note the four separate events in the last two days – from the WUWT Solar Page (From NASA’s Spaceweather.com) When the week began, the sun hadn’t unleashed an X-flare all year long. In only two days, sunspot AR1748 has produced four. The latest X-flare from this active sunspot occured on May 15th at 0152…

A misinterpreted claim about a NASA press release, CO2, solar flares, and the thermosphere is making the rounds

I loathe having to write this story because I truly dislike giving any attention to the people who are known as the “slayers” from the “Slaying the Sky Dragon” book. They now operate under the moniker of “Principia Scientific”. But, somebody has to do it because some really bad mangling of the intent of a…

Modeling the Riddle of the Sun’s Explosive CME’s

DURHAM, N.H. — Four decades of active research and debate by the solar physics community have failed to bring consensus on what drives the sun’s powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that can have profound “space weather” effects on Earth-based power grids and satellites in near-Earth geospace. In a paper just published in Nature Physics, an…

Looking into solar coronal prominence cavities

by Karen C. Fox NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD › View larger Scientists want to understand what causes giant explosions in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, such as this one. The eruptions are called coronal mass ejections or CMEs and they can travel toward Earth to disrupt human technologies in space. To better…