Solar activity remains very high and shows no signs of abating. Sunspot 798/808 has unleashed seven X-class solar flares since Sept. 7th. Forecasters say there's a 75% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours, and in the week ahead, possibly causing radio blackouts and radiation storms.
Coronal mass ejections hurled into space by these explosions could hit Earth's magnetic field in the days ahead. Sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. The best time to look is around local midnight.
The sun's 27-day rotation is slowly turning sunspot 798/808 to face Earth.
Explosions in the coming week will be increasingly Earth-directed, raising the
possibility of geomagnetic storms and auroras.
As the forecast for tomorrow dosen't sound too good this is probably my last shot at AR808. The spot has decayed rapidly over the last few days and this is all that remains. I doubt very much if it will survive another crossing of "the other side", however it was a beauty while it lasted.
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