The Sun Online and solar activity. December 26, 2013

There were six C flares on the Sun during the past 24 hours, released by NOAA AR 11928, 11936, 11934, and 11931. The brightest one was a C2.2 flare from AR 11931 peaking at 07:02 UT on December 26. In the next 48 hours, the probability for C flares is high (around 80%) and for M flares around 30%. The > 10 MeV proton flux as observed by GOES13 started rising around 9h UT
on December 26, right after the long duration C1.3 flare produced by AR 11936. It is currently still rising, but it is not expected to exceed the threshold level of 10 pfu.During the past 24 hours, solar wind speed as observed by ACE has varied between about 260 and 300 km/s, while the magnitude of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field has decreased from about 11 to about 3 nT. Geomagnetic activity has been quiet over the past 24 hours (NOAA Kp between 1 and 3). Due to the expected arrival of a coronal hole high speed stream, quiet to active geomagnetic conditions (K Dourbes < 5) are expected in the second half of December 26 and on December 27. Quiet geomagnetic conditions are likely on December 28.


Equipment: Coronado 90 + SBIG 8300s + LX75
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Date: 12/26/13
Time UT: 01:00
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