Space weather 2019



2019 more signs and wonders! The brightest star in the night sky Sirius will disappear briefly on Monday eclipsed by asteroid 4388 Jürgenstock
Photo Sirius, credit Wikipedia

More signs and wonders, the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius will disappear briefly on Monday, February 18th, when the asteroid 4388 Jürgenstock will eclipse it for a couple of seconds.
According to the Weather Channel, it will be the first time Sirius has been blacked out.
The asteroid is sweeping around the sun and will come between Sirius and Earth on Monday, on Feb. 18th between 09:11 pm PST and 09:27 pm PST.  
Western Mexico, Central US and Canada will be able to witness Sirius "disappearance."

BOOM! Solar Minimum Flare releases energy of a billion WWII atomic bombs as C5-class solar flare is biggest since Oct 2017
Credit: SDO/HMI
We are into Solar Minimum but our Sun is still producing solar flares...
Yesterday, Jan. 26th at 13:22 UT, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2733 exploded, producing the strongest solar flare since the M1.1 way back in October 2017.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded this extreme ultraviolet movie of the explosion: This is a C5-class solar flare. In a matter of minutes, it released about as much energy as a billion WWII atomic bombs.
According to Spaceweather.com, that sounds intense, but... On the sun such explosions are considered to be relatively minor.
X-class flares common during Solar Maximum are hundreds of times stronger.
Right now, however, the sun is in the pits of a deep Solar Minimum, which makes a C5-class flare temporarily noteworthy.
The explosion did not hurl a CME toward Earth.

A must see and could be the last chance for many in the UK and Western Europe to see this Phenomenon "Super Wolf Blood Moon"
Image NASA
I'm the idiot who dragged himself out of bed this morning at 5: am to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon only to realise I was a day too early!
It will be the last chance for skywatchers in the UK and Western Europe to see a total lunar eclipse in its entirety until 2029 which means it is probably the last chance for many to see. 
According to Spaceweather.com, it's going to be super. 
On Sunday evening, Jan. 20th, at 8:41 pm PST (11:41 pm EST) the shadow of our planet will engulf the full Moon, transforming the grey lunar disk into a coppery-red orb.
The eclipse will be "super" both figuratively and literally. 

3 of the 4 most recent Solar Minimum years have been in the top ten warmest years ever recorded suggesting mini ice age will not happen
The sun has been without spots for 7 straight days in this new year, a sign that Solar Minimum conditions are in effect, according to Spaceweather.com.
On the 27th of June 2018, NASA announced a new Solar Minimum is coming, every 11 years sunspots fade away, this event is called a Solar Minimum and this is happening now with 2019, 2020, expected to be the quietest period.
Some experts believe sunspot activity is as low as the mid-1600s when low sunspot activity is thought to have caused a mini ice age, temperatures around the world would suggest that is not going to happen this time, however.
A large effect on the Earth's atmosphere. 

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