Wednesday, August 01, 2012

August 1st Sun-Earth Forecast


The above X-ray image of the sun was taken on August 1st July at 10:52 UTC (6:52 AM EDT July 24th) by the GOES-15 satellite. The bright region in the lower center is Active Region 1532 (AR 1532). Image Credit: NOAA

The sun is relatively quiet for the moment. According to the forecasters at NOAA, solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class solar flares.

Above Earth, the geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on August 1st. On August 2nd, geomagnetic activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels with possible isolated active periods due to effects from the coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by Active Region 1532 (AR 1532) on Saturday, July 28th. And geomagnetic activity is expected to be quiet to unsettled on August 3rd.

We will keep watch for those possible M-class flares. Stay tuned...


To monitor solar flare activity minute by minute, visit the "Today's Space Weather" page of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, URL: www.swpc.noaa.gov .


To learn more about the sun and to stay current on solar activity, visit the mission home pages of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov .


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