The Sun Online and solar activity. November 2, 2013

The sun produced one M and three C flares during the past 24 hours. Catania sunspot region 29 (NOAA AR 11884) was responsible for the M6.3 flare peaking at 19:46 UT on November 1. Also Catania sunspot region 28 (NOAA AR 11885) produced a C8.2 flare with a peak at 4:46 UT on November 2. During the next 48 hours, more C flaring activity is expected with a slight chance for an M flare. Two CMEs of which one full halo CME were detected in coronographic imagery (LASCO/C2 as well as STEREO A and B), but first analysis indicates both are backsided and originate from old NOAA AR 11875. The full halo CME was first seen in LASCO/C2 at 5:00 UT and the second CME at 8:12 UT directed to the NW.

Solar wind speed as observed by ACE is around 350 km/s. The magnitude of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) currently is stable near 5 nT. Geomagnetic activity is quiet to unsettled (local K at Dourbes  and NOAA Kp between 0 and 3), which is expected to remain so within the next 48 hours.

The 5 regions with sunspots can be now observed on the Sun’s surface (according soalr project Tesis)

Info from SIDC

Equipment: Coronado 90 + SBIG 8300s + LX75
Processing: Photoshop
Date: 02/11/13
Time GMT: 14:00
Exposure 0.12 sec.

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