…in the NIGHT Sky this Week: April 18-24, 2022

What To See In The Night Sky This Week: April 18-24, 2022

Forbes: Science

This week you may see a “shooting star” and you may also see a rare and beautiful alignment of four planets in the sky. You’ll likely need to stay up late for the first one—the Lyrids meteor shower—and rise early for the other. Nobody said stargazing was easy …


SPACEWEATHER.COM: April 20, 2022

SOLAR ACTIVITY IS INTENSIFYING: In the last 24 hours alone, the sun has produced more than 19 solar flares. The tally includes five M-class explosions and a powerful X2.2-class flare, described below. The fusillade is likely to continue as colossal sunspot complex AR2993-94 turns toward Earth in the days ahead. Solar flare alerts: SMS Text

X-CLASS SOLAR FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected an X2.2-class solar flare (April 20th @ 0357 UT). Remarkably, it came from a farside sunspot. The source is AR2992, which yesterday rotated over the southwestern limb of the sun. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast:


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