This week looks to be very exciting as the Sun has been busy directing an M-flare and two massive solar storms towards Earth. The solar storms are predicted to arrive on August 20th and 23rd and could produce beautiful auroral light shows plus disrupt our cell phones, WiFi, and GPS services. Along with the storms, there are many new active regions developing on the Earth-side of the solar disk, which may mean more flares and more Earth-directed eruptions are in store for us this week. See the details of these and learn why NASA's recent press release about the Sun's upcoming magnetic field reversal does not pose any threat to our Earth.
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For a more in-depth look at the data and images highlighted in this video see these links below.
Special Interest Segment:
NASA Science Release: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/the-suns-magnetic-field-is-about-to-flip/#.UhOetL9sjdk
Solar Imaging and Analysis:
Flare Analysis: http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/
Computer Aided CME Tracking CACTUS: http://www.sidc.oma.be/cactus/out/latestCMEs.html
GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.html
NOAA Sunspot Classifications: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/lates...
GONG Magnetic Maps: http://gong.nso.edu/data/magmap/
LMSAL Heliophysics Events HEK http://www.lmsal.com/isolsearch
ACE Solar Wind: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ace/ace_rtsw_data.html
Wang-Sheeley-Arge Solar Wind Prediction Model: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ws/
NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSy...
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/
Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere:
GOES Magnetometer: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/mag_3d.html
Ionosphere D-Region Absorption (DRAP) model: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap/
Auroral Oval Ovation Products: http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/
POES Auroral Global Maps: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/
Global 3-hr Kp index: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.html
Wing Kp index prediction: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wingkp/index.html
USGS Ground Magnetometers: http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/
USGS Disturbance Storm-Time (Dst): http://geomag.usgs.gov/realtime/dst/
HAARP Data Meters: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/
Multi-Purpose Space Environment Sites:
Definition of Geomagnetic Storm, Radiation Storm, and Radio Blackout Levels:
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