Space Weather Forecast
By Dr. Tamitha Skove
We are coming down from a mild solar storm that has brought aurora both to high latitudes and briefly to mid-latitudes over this past week. Photographers at high-latitudes will likely get aurora continuing over the next few days, however mid-latitude photographers will have to wait for the next chance, which should come in a little over a week from now. On a real positive note, the Sun launched one of the largest solar storms we have seen in a while. Don't worry, it's not Earth-directed, but it is a gorgeous version of what we call a "solar slinky" which looks very similar to a smoke ring, when viewed down the tube of the slinky. Seeing solar storms like this is an indicator that the Sun's magnetic field is growing in strength, which is just one more sign we are continuing to rise out of solar minimum. Solar flux also continues to hold steady in the low 70's despite us having a spotless Sun right now. This means marginal radio propagation on Earth's dayside continues this week. GPS reception should also be improving, especially on Earth's nightside as the solar storm weakens, while dayside GPS reception should remain top notch. Lean the details of the smoke ring solar storm, when and where to see aurora, and what else our Sun has in store this week.