The Sun Online and solar activity. March 03, 2014

There are currently 8 sunspot regions on the visible solar disk, with small delta’s observed in NOAA 1990 as well as in the trailing portions of both sunspot groups NOAA 1989 and 1991. The strongest flare of the past 24 hours was an M1 peaking at 23:19UT in active region NOAA 1986 near the northwest limb. From the currently available imagery, no Earth directed CMEs have been observed. The greater than 10MeV proton event that started following the X4 flare on 25 February, has ended shortly after midnight on 03 March.

Active conditions are expected, with an M-class flare possible from any of the active regions NOAA 1989, 1990 and 1991. On 2 March around 23:00UT (ACE), the magnetic field of the solar wind turned southward with other parameters remaining fairly constant. Solar wind speed has been around 350 km/s, with Bz varying between -4nT and -1nT. Geomagnetic conditions have been quiet and are expected to remain so.

Equipment: Coronado 90 +  Imaging Source DMK  + LX75
Processing: Photoshop, Avistack 300 frames
Date: 03/03/14
Time UT: 14:00
Exposure 1/500 sec.

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