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 Post subject: 2017 Geomagnetic Storms
PostPosted: January 4th, 2017, 3:23 pm 
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I was going to attempt a 1x view of the Sun. Sadly, there is a predicted seventy-two percent cloud cover right now. Even worse, 2017 will probably be the first year since 2009 during which the Sun will be spotless most of the days.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-watch-4-and-5-january-2017

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/04jan17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: January 17th, 2017, 4:43 pm 
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I was going to attempt a 1x view of the Sun, but thre is a predicted sixty-sevent percent cloud cover right now. (We actually seem to be experiencing the same mostly-cloudy skies that characterized January of 2016, except this time there are higher temperatures.)

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storm-watch-issued-18-19-jan

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/17jan17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: January 30th, 2017, 2:59 pm 
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I checked a few minutes ago. Nothing with the solar viewer but with the Sunspotter I saw one lone spot at AR 2629. I did not see the two smaller spots nearby. Any dark activity at AR 2628 probably has rotated away from the Earth.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storm-watch-issued-31-jan-01-feb

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/30jan17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: February 21st, 2017, 3:40 pm 
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There are two Active Regions at this time--2637 has no sunspots but 2638 has a nice collection of different-sized spots and is in the process of rotating into view. I am not able to confirm any visual sightings as it is currently raining.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storm-watch-23-february

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/21feb17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2017, 3:14 pm 
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I am not able to confirm any sunspots now as there is a forty-two percent chance of rain. If conditions are similiar tomorrow and the Sun is available I will look then.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-geomagnetic-storms-likely-01-02-mar

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/27feb17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: March 2nd, 2017, 3:36 pm 
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In the past twenty-four hours there has been G2 level activity. I did not see any sunspots with either a solar viewer or the Coronado Solar Max II. I did see Active Regions 2638, 2641 and 2642 with the filtered Orion Skyquest 10" Dobsonian at 48x. Sherman and Emily saw them as well. Active region 2640 lies between 2638 and 2642; I did not see it.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-storm-warning-extended-through-022100-utc

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/02mar17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: March 21st, 2017, 6:19 pm 
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A G2 level alert is in effect for another forty or so minutes. Sadly, there are no active regions on the Earth side of the Sun.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor-storm-watch-22-and-23-march-2017

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/21mar17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: March 22nd, 2017, 6:17 pm 
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Active Region 2643 is rotating into view. At about 5:20pm I brought out a solar viewer and look at the Sun. Clouds were passing over, but I don't think I would have seen 2643.


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PostPosted: March 26th, 2017, 6:25 pm 
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Nothing with a solar viewer, but with the Sunspotter I saw the two dark areas on the surface of the Sun (which strangely does not seem to have an AR number yet), but not the smaller dark spot associated with AR2643. All this was at ~5:40pm CDT.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-watch-issued-2829-march

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/26mar17/hmi1898.gif


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PostPosted: March 27th, 2017, 12:36 pm 
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Wednesday 29 March: G2


Nothing with a solar viewer, but with the Sunspotter I saw the larger components of the now-named AR2644 (2633 is no more). All this was at ~12:21pm CDT.

According to Tony Phillips, this sunspot complex "sprawls across more than 80,000 kilometers of solar 'terrain'".

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-levels-observed-1
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-warning-extended-272100-utc

Current View of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/27mar17/hmi1898.gif


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