Good Luck Hawkeye!

Still no news from Hawkeye after the catostrophic hurricane, Ian made landfall earlier this week in Hawkeye's vicinity: Hawkeye, if you are able to read this, know you are in our thoughts and prayers not just from me but the readers of TBW too. Take care dear lady!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Sun is split in two: A massive coronal hole has opened up on our Sun and is shooting solar wind directly towards Earth


Photo Credit SDO
A massive long coronal hole has opened up on our Sun and is shooting solar wind directly towards Earth at incredible speeds expected to reach 700 km/second.
According to Spaceweather.com NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the fissure on Aug. 13th pointing directly at Earth: This is a "coronal hole"--a region where the sun's magnetic field opens up and allows a gaseous material to escape.
Solar wind emerging from the hole is expected to reach Earth on Aug. 16th and 17th.
The incoming stream of solar wind may be preceded by a CIR (co-rotating interaction region).
CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving solar wind.
They often contain shock-like density gradients and strong magnetic fields that do a good job sparking auroras
Meanwhile,
SOLAR MINIMUM CONDITIONS ARE IN EFFECT: The sun has been without sunspots for 45 of the past 48 days.
To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century.
Some experts are linking this Solar Minimum to another mini ice age but after the summer we are having I wouldn't hold your breath.

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