Solar Activity Update

The Solar Wind Continues To Blow: For the 3rd day in a row, Earth remains inside a stream of high-speed solar wind flowing from a canyon-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere. NOAA forecasters say there is a 40% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on Oct. 9th as our planet’s magnetic field is buffeted by the gaseous material.

Aquatic Auroras: On Oct. 7th, a stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field, sparking G1-class geomagnetic storms for more than 9 consecutive hours. Matti Helin watched the storm’s green glow from an unusual position. “I was wading waist deep in a Finnish lake,” he says.

“The first hints of green were visible about an hour after the sunset, which gave me time to drive to a lake far from city lights,” says Helin. “As the auroras intensified, I waded into the water and waited for the right moment to take this shot. It was an extremely beautiful display!”