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  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: wintry
  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
    1 hour ago, Minus 10 said:

    Tamitha skov youtube channel... she is a brilliant space weather expert. 

    Thanks btw!

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    Just a few pics from early this morning at West Sands, St. Andrews  First one was 100iso eq @ f1.8 and 10 sec exposure, strong moonlight about midnight with the faintest of hint of an aurora.

    More shots here from Scotland last night. Fingers crossed again tonight as there is another predicted Kp7 ☺

    From Salon on the Isle Of Rum & The Isle Of Lewis tonight. Credit; Martin Keivers and Emma Mitchell.  

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  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunny , cold and snowy, thunderstorms
  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset

    27 days blank, 226 for 2019, 75%

    Solar flux 69

    Thermosphere: 5.10

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  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunny , cold and snowy, thunderstorms
  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset

    28 days blank, 227 for 2019, 75%

    Solar flux 70

    Thermosphere: 5.11

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

    Plenty of sightings last night in the North..

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  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe frosts, Heavy snowfall, Thunder and lightning, Stormy weather
  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex

    ARCTIC ALERT FOR AURORA BOO-REALIS: Earth is entering a stream of solar wind flowing from a southern hole in the sun's atmosphere. This is causing geomagnetic unrest and auroras around the Arctic Circle. Tour guide Marianne Bergli photographed the display from the island of Ringvassøy, Norway:

    norway_strip Arctic Alert for Aurora Boo-realis.jpg

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  • Location: Galway
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, frost hail, ice.
  • Location: Galway

    neutron count =9.2%=high

    tci = 48.8 billion watts

     

    big drop in temperature up in the thermosphere today.

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  • Location: Galway
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, frost hail, ice.
  • Location: Galway

    The beginnings of solar cycle 25, sunspot observed at the suns southern polarity. Long way to go with solar minimum though, at least another year. 2009 count should still be beaten. Will solar cycle 25 be a deeper minimum?

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  • Location: Manchester
  • Location: Manchester
    1 hour ago, Minus 10 said:

    The beginnings of solar cycle 25, sunspot observed at the suns southern polarity. Long way to go with solar minimum though, at least another year. 2009 count should still be beaten. Will solar cycle 25 be a deeper minimum?

    It is a pity that a new cycle sunspot has appeared (albeit not the first). Let's hope that the ascent to solar maximum will be very slow.

    2009 had 71% spotless days so that's the one to beat. It is quite a task

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  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunny , cold and snowy, thunderstorms
  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset
    20 minutes ago, karyo said:

    It is a pity that a new cycle sunspot has appeared (albeit not the first). Let's hope that the ascent to solar maximum will be very slow.

    2009 had 71% spotless days so that's the one to beat. It is quite a task

    I think the next few weeks will be telling! which ever way you look at it though, solar cycle 25 looks like it will be very quiet, it's just how quiet!

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  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe frosts, Heavy snowfall, Thunder and lightning, Stormy weather
  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex

     

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    We are on course to beat 08 still on the basis of the last four months. Third is still possible for spotless years, second possible but unlikely.

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  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
    1 hour ago, summer blizzard said:

    We are on course to beat 08 still on the basis of the last four months. Third is still possible for spotless years, second possible but unlikely.

    not sure what you mean by this. As I said a little while ago I think something around the 270/275 mark is likely. We have 60 days left and if we remain at 75% then that would be 273. Given the last 6 months is higher than 75% we could be nearer 280.

    I think 2020 could well be similar to 2019 but with a very quiet first half with an uptick later in the year

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  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe frosts, Heavy snowfall, Thunder and lightning, Stormy weather
  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex

     

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  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: wintry
  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
    12 hours ago, Minus 10 said:

    The beginnings of solar cycle 25, sunspot observed at the suns southern polarity. Long way to go with solar minimum though, at least another year. 2009 count should still be beaten. Will solar cycle 25 be a deeper minimum?

    Doesn't absolutely have to be a SC 25 Sunspot, could feasibly be a reverse polarity SC24 one especially (possibly!) as its near the South Pole, remember reading somewhere that this is a not inconceivable...

    Probably is though!

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
    9 hours ago, jonboy said:

    not sure what you mean by this. As I said a little while ago I think something around the 270/275 mark is likely. We have 60 days left and if we remain at 75% then that would be 273. Given the last 6 months is higher than 75% we could be nearer 280.

    I think 2020 could well be similar to 2019 but with a very quiet first half with an uptick later in the year

    The last four months has seen a higher than 90% spotless rate, no reason right now to think that will change.

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  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe frosts, Heavy snowfall, Thunder and lightning, Stormy weather
  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex

    A TAURID FIREBALL WITH AURORAS: Photographer and aurora tour guide Oliver Wright couldn't go trick or treating on Oct. 31st. "I experienced some Halloween magic anyway," he says. "I was guiding a group of hikers from Portugal and had just set up my camera near an old sauna in Abisko, Sweden, when --woosh!-- the biggest shooting star I've seen this season flew through the sky."

    taurid_strip A taurid fireball with auroras.jpg

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  • Location: Galway
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, frost hail, ice.
  • Location: Galway

    Big drop in thermosphere temps, 45.6 billion watts as of yesterday. Kp index for next 24 hours=0.

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  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
    14 hours ago, summer blizzard said:

    The last four months has seen a higher than 90% spotless rate, no reason right now to think that will change.

    I hadn't worked it myself but not surprised by the 90% and agree there appears to be no reason why the next couple of months won't be the same

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
    53 minutes ago, Minus 10 said:

    Big drop in thermosphere temps, 45.6 billion watts as of yesterday. Kp index for next 24 hours=0.

    Out of interest, what is the current thermosphere temperature? And what was it, before it fell?

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  • Location: Galway
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, frost hail, ice.
  • Location: Galway

    2nd november: tci = 44.0 billion watts. Another drop today possibly due to solar winds dropping in speed and kp index flatlining to 0.

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  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe frosts, Heavy snowfall, Thunder and lightning, Stormy weather
  • Location: South Ockendon, Thurrock, SW Essex

    LOW SOLAR ACTIVITY REVEALS RED AURORAS: Chris Hodgson has seen a lot of green auroras over Abisko, Sweden. He's an aurora tour guide and has taken hundreds of photos of green skies inside the Arctic Circle. Last night, however, was a little different. The green was topped with red:

    red_strip LOW SOLAR ACTIVITY REVEALS RED AURORAS.jpg

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