Todays sunspot number is 74. Both AR1791 and AR1793 have the energy for M-Class flares with NOAA estimating the chance of an M-class at 15% over the next 24 hours.
The mild CME that arrived on July 13th opened a small fissure in the Earth’s magnetosphere that resulted in spectacular auroras.
This photograph is by Zack Clothier.
“At about midnight on July 15th, just as the moon was setting, the lights came alive over White Dome Geyser in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park,” says Clothier. “While I was standing there in the darkness a coyote started howling nearby, adding to the already eeriness of the scene. If you look closely you can see a meteor streaking down towards the geyser, to the left of the Milky Way.” (source)
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