This week old region region 2736 (renumbered 2738) returns to Earth view, giving the solar flux a much needed boost. This means radio propagation returns to the high side of marginal for amateur, shortwave radio & emergency operators on Earth’s dayside. Luckily, this monster region is not a threat for big flares or radio blackouts so GPS users should continue to enjoy decent reception, especially on Earth’s dayside. Aurora photographers at “High-Latitudes” also get another brief chance for aurora views this week due to another small pocket of fast solar wind expected around April 12-13. On top of that, we have had some very strange lights in the sky recently due to a NASA rocket mission to study aurora (called AZURE). Learn the details of these stories, what conditions to expect and what else our Sun has in store this week.
For a more in-depth look at the data and images highlighted in this video see these links below.
AZURE Science Team:
Dr. Miguel Larsen– Principal Investigator on AZURE rocket and tracer release ampules
Dr Jim Hecht– Principal Investigator of AZURE photometers
Dr. Colby Lemon– co-Investigator of AZURE photometers
Dr. Don Hampton & Jason Ahms– optical observation from Alomar Observatory.
AZURE Rocket Mission Aurora Movies:
Adrien Madruit, Senja, Norway: https://twitter.com/ADphotography24/status/1114345332731797504
Jason Ahms, Alomar Observatory, North Norway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD4ghvmREI8
Solar Imaging and Analysis:
Flare Analysis: http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/
Computer Aided CME Tracking CACTUS: http://www.sidc.oma.be/cactus/out/latestCMEs.html
GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.html
GONG magnetic field synoptic movie: https://gong.nso.edu/data/magmap/standard_movie.html
GONG magnetic field synoptic charts: http://gong.nso.edu/data/magmap/
LMSAL Heliophysics Events HEK http://www.lmsal.com/isolsearch
DISCOVR solar wind: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/real-time-solar-wind
ACE Solar Wind: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/ace-real-time-solar-wind
NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: https://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=2038-01-23 +00%3A44%3A00&window=-1&cygnetId=261
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/wsa-enlil-solar-wind-prediction
Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere:
GOES Magnetometer: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/goes-magnetometer
Ionosphere D-Region Absorption (DRAP) model: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/d-region-absorption-predictions-d-rap/
Auroral Oval Ovation Products: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast
Global 3-hr Kp index: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/planetary-k-index
Wing Kp index prediction: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/wing-kp
USGS Ground Magnetometers: http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/
USGS Disturbance Storm-Time (Dst): http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/dst/
NAIRAS Radiation Storm Model: http://sol.spacenvironment.net/raps_ops/current_files/globeView.html
Multi-Purpose Space Environment Sites:
Definition of Geomagnetic Storm, Radiation Storm, and Radio Blackout Levels:
Images c/o NASA/ESA/CSA (most notably the superb SDO, SOHO, ACE, STEREO, CCMC, JPL & DSN teams, amazing professionals, hobbyists, institutions, organizations, agencies and amateurs such as those at the USAF/HAARP, NICT, NOAA, USGS, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Intellicast, Catatania, rice.edu, wisc.edu, sonoma.edu ucalgary.ca, rssi.ru, ohio-state.edu, solen.info, and more.