Spaceweather: CME’s Reaching Earth today, and potential for X-Class Flares on the way (May 10, 2023)


GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS: Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are in progress on May 10th in response to a CME hitting Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of May 9th (2310 UT). The CME’s impact caused a 54 nT deflection of the USGS magnetometer in Corbin, Virginia–a significant jolt for such a low latitude. And, now, another CME is on the way. See below.  

STRONG SOLAR FLARE ACTIVITY CONTINUES: Reversed-polarity sunspot AR3296 just unleashed a double solar flare. Watch the closely-space explosions in this movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.



Sun activity: CME strikes Earth as the sun keeps firing

Sun activity for May 10, 2023: CME strikes Earth as the sun keeps firing
Today’s top news: The awaited coronal mass ejection (CME) from May 7 struck Earth at 23:59 UTC on May 9. A G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm followed. NOAA forecasters anticipate up to a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm today, continuing into the early hours of May 11. This may bring auroral displays to the northern US – good luck, aurora chasers! Meanwhile, the sun continues to fire off CMEs. We saw a full halo CME from an M4.2 flare by AR3296. This event produced a solar particle burst, which was accelerated by the CME shock wave. More intense flaring from AR3296 could be incoming, as it has now developed a delta region. This, combined with its anti-Hale nature, gives a strong indication for more activity, including possible X flaring. Stay tuned to see if AR3296 lives up to its potential.

Next 24 hours: The forecast is a 99% chance for C flares, a 65% chance for M flares, and a 20% chance for X flares.

SPACE.COM, MAY 10, 2023

Rare ‘backward’ sunspot could create supercharged auroras this week

Rare ‘backward’ sunspot could create supercharged auroras this week

It’s believed that only 3% of all sunspots display reverse polarity as this one does.

An outburst from a law-breaking new sunspot could pummel Earth with charged particles and trigger strong geomagnetic storms, potentially causing spectacular light shows in skies over the planet during the coming days.

The geomagnetic storms will be the result of a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) hurled directly toward Earth by an explosion at a sunspot designated AR3296 that took place at 6:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT) on Sunday, May 7. Energetic particles from the outburst will arrive at Earth in the early hours of Wednesday (May 10). The same explosion that launched this CME also caused a medium-strength M1.5-class solar flare.

The violent solar activity from sunspot AR3296 is expected to impact Earth over Wednesday (May 10) and Thursday (May 11), and could cause auroras normally seen at high latitudes to extend much further south to mid-latitudes, possibly making them visible in U.S. states such as Oregon, Nebraska, and Virginia, reported(opens in new tab) on May 9.

The sunspot that produced the storm is referred to as having reverse polarity, meaning it has the opposite magnetic field of other sunspots found on the same hemisphere of the sun. Only a tiny percentage of sunspots display this reverse polarity, making this sunspot incredibly rare in addition to more likely to explode as this one already has. (more… on SPACE.COM)


13 Road/EB, Cherokee, Rattlesnake Tooth/KANU’GA, Destiny Kin 52
May 10, 2023 (05/10/2023)

Cherokee, Rattlesnake Tooth/KANU’GA: Symbolized by a rainbow, the delicate display of electromagnetic rays of the SUN.



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