The Sun Online and solar activity. August 4, 2014

Flaring is currently at low C-class level. The largest flare since our last bulletin was reported to occur this morning in NOAA AR 2126 (CAT 27) with peak time 00:53 UT. This region is currently turning over the west limb, however we expect more C-flares with a chance for a low M-class flare, especially from NOAA regions 2130, 2132 and 2134.
A small filament erupted in the western hemisphere, just south of the equator on August 3 around 18:09 UT. An associated narrow CME was observed in LASCO at 19:24 UT, but is not earth-directed.Two small disturbances were observed in the solar wind. The first one started on August 3 around 15:00
UT, and is probably related to the arrival of the CME associated with the M1.5 flare on August 1. The second disturbance started today around 06:00 UT and is likely related to a high speed wind stream originating from the coronal hole that passed the central meridian on August 1. In both cases the southward component of the magnetic field did not turn strongly negative and the solar wind speed remained low, resulting in only unsettled geomagnetic conditions (K=3). Active geomagnetic conditions (K=4) are possible today. We expect a return to quiet conditions after that.

Equipment: Coronado 90 +  Imaging Source DMK  + LX75
Processing: Photoshop, Avistack 300 frames
Date: 08/04/14
Time UT: 16:00
Exposure 1/500 sec.

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