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Note: A new high latitude sunspot is emerging in the southern hemisphere now. It is likely from the upcoming solar cycle 25! If it persists, I will highlight it in my next forecast.
This week, we are still riding the high of the total solar eclipse back on July 2nd as space weather picks up. Two bright regions have returned to Earth view (along with what looks to be a newly emerging sunspot in the southern hemisphere, likely from the upcoming cycle 25!) The returning bright regions are sandwiched by two coronal holes. The first has already rotated into the Earth-strike zone and is sending us a small pocket of fast solar wind. The disturbance has been extremely mild thus far and will likely bring only unsettled conditions and possibly some aurora at “High-Latitudes”. After we settle down over the next couple of days, the second coronal hole will bump activity back up around Tuesday of this next week. We could get another chance for storming and aurora at “High-Latitudes”, but only a minor chance of storming at “Mid-Latitudes”. Meanwhile, the bright regions are definitely decaying and are only boosting the solar flux slightly. This means amateur radio and emergency responders are still suffering with poor radio propagation on Earth’s dayside. The only group, who should be loving life right now are GPS/GNSS users. The mild disturbance and low solar flux combine to help improve reception, especially at low latitudes so GPS users should enjoy decent reception all over. Catch up on some amazing views of our "Blackstar" during totality, see where aurora and noctilucent clouds were caught this past week, and learn what else our Sun has in store.
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For a more in-depth look at the data and images in this video see links in my prior videos. I am saving room here for links to the field reporter images highlighted this week!
Field Reporter Photography:
Ward Bruggeman, ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile:
Universidad Católica de Chile, Elqui Valley, in northern Chile:
Lenny de Vries, La Serena, Chile:
Daniel Fischer, Puclaro Lake, Chile:
Alba Garcia, Chile:
Adrien Mauduit, Mountains near La Serena, Chile:
David McColm, Pacific Ocean, Chile:
Notanee Bourassa, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada:
Deb Maluk, Sandy Lake, Manitoba, Canada:
Dar Tanner, Alix, Alberta, Canada:
Anne-Marie Gutschlag, Invercargill, New Zealand:
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.