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Coronal hole faces Earth

Solar activity hit low levels yesterday (thanks to a C-class solar flare) but we will likely drop down to very low solar activity today as there are no sunspot regions on the earth-facing solar disk which look like they are complex enough to produce C, M or X-class solar flares. That doesn't mean we are heading into a period of quiet space weather as a large coronal hole is facing our planet today and sending an enhanced solar wind stream towards our planet.

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Current data suggest that it is not possible to see aurora now at middle latitudes

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Today's space weather

Auroral activity Minor Severe
High latitude 25% 25%
Middle latitude 5% 1%
Predicted Kp max 3
Solar activity
M-class solar flare 15%
X-class solar flare 1%
B3.0
Moon phase
Waxing Crescent

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Last X-flare:2017/09/10X8.2
Last M-flare:2017/09/09M1.1
Last geomagnetic storm:2017/09/18Kp5 (G1)
Number of spotless days in 2017:56
Last spotless day:2017/08/01

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