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PostPosted: April 19th, 2016, 4:15 pm 
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Sunday 17 April
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Moderate radio blackouts were observed at 7:29pm CDT on Sunday due to an M6 flare coming from active region 2529. Since it was so late on Sunday, the blackout hardly affected Louisiana. Not that anyone would have been able to the huge AR 2529 Sunday, or even today. The weather has been miserable for viewing and will remain so through Friday evening.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/r2-moderate-radio-blackout-observed-17-april-829-pm-edt


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PostPosted: April 21st, 2016, 2:08 pm 
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Saturday 23 April
G1


As we anticipate possible G1 activity in a couple of days, we see that 2529 has gone "around the bend" and AR 2533 is rotating into view. 2533 is not quite as astounding, but it'll do.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storms-likely-23-april-2016

Current view of Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/21apr16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: April 27th, 2016, 4:54 pm 
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Saturday 30 April
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Active region 2533 is now front and center, adorned on either side by a sparse smattering of other spots, noticeably 2535 and 2536. (This "30 April" is UTC so it might be 29 April for Baton Rouge.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-watch-issued-30-april-2016

Current view of Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/27apr16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: May 2nd, 2016, 4:46 pm 
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Monday 2 May
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It will be Wednesday before anyone in the Baton Rouge area will get a good, uninterrupted view of the Sun. AR 2533 is rotating out of view but there are four more moderate-sized, nice active regions.

Current view of Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/02may16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2016, 6:32 pm 
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Saturday 2 July and Monday 3 July
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Sporadic periods of geomagnetic activity should be happening this evening and into early morning, mainly due to CH92. However, don't expect any sunspot action; the Sun is as blank as can be, expect for the standard granulation.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storms-likely-02-03-july

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/02jul16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: August 1st, 2016, 6:17 pm 
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Tuesday 3 August
G2


Although the heading states a G2 is predicted for Wednesday the text clarifies that the G2 is expected for tomorrow, with the possibility of G1 activity on Wednesday.

At ~9:10am CDT we had the 10" Orion Skyquest with a solar filter out on the front viewing pad for our last session of Stargazers Camp. Although there is an active region (2570) neither we nor the campers saw anything of note.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-watch-issued-03-august

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/01aug16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: August 31st, 2016, 1:18 pm 
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Wednesday 31 August
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The storm watch continues from yesterday. According to Douglas Biesecker there will be a Solar Cycle 25 and it will be at least as strong as the previous cycle.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-storm-watch-continues-30-and-31-august

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/30aug16/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2016, 12:17 pm 
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Monday 26 September 2016: G1
Wednesday 28 September 2016: G2


Minor geomagnetic storm activity was observed yesterday at 12:59am CDT and 3:37pm CDT. A G1 watch has been issued for today; possible G2 activity will occur on Wednesday.

Active Region 2597 is now facing us.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/minor-g1-geomagnetic-storms-observed-25-sep-2016

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/26sep16/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=nie6luckkk5erseisd09pokve5


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PostPosted: September 27th, 2016, 3:42 pm 
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Tuesday 27 September 2016: G2
Thursday 29 September 2016: G2


A Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress; this has been caused by a so-called "coronal hole high speed stream". The G2 level activity began at 12:29 pm CDT and the G2 warning will stand until 6:59pm CDT. So...that means G2 activity seen or predicted through Thursday! (A watch stands until Friday.)

Solar Cycle 24 still has some surprises. The UV index is in the moderate range for those who wanted to take a look at the Sun; if your western horizon is a little high try by 4:27pm; if it's relatively low try by 5:40pm.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-progress
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-watch-28-30-september

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/27sep16/hmi1898.gif

The Highland Road Park Observatory will host a stand-alone session for eight- to twelve-year-olds entitled "Surveying the Sun". The session will take place this Saturday from 10am to 12pm. The cost is five dollars per in-parish child and six dollars per out-of-parish child. There are only sixteen Cadet positions! Parents may stay with or leave child. Registration is in progress...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html


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PostPosted: September 30th, 2016, 4:26 pm 
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Friday 30 September: G1
Saturday 1 October: G1


The G1 Watch is still valid tomorrow even as activity lessens over these next few hours. Mostly this affects latitudes higher than Baton Rouge's.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/day-three-g1-g2-minor-moderate-geomagnetic-storms

Active region 2597 is almost "around the back" of the Sun...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/30sep16/hmi1898.gif


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