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SPACE WEATHER
Current conditions
Solar wind
speed: 298.0 km/sec
density: 2.5 protons/cm3
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Updated: Today at 2345 UT
X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: B1
1925 UT Jul18
24-hr: B1
0905 UT Jul18
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Updated: Today at: 2340 UT
Daily Sun: 18 Jul 10
Decaying sunspot 1087 poses a continued threat for C-class solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI
Sunspot number: 13
What is the sunspot number?
Updated 17 July 2010

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2010 total: 35 days (17%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)
Since 2004: 803 days
Typical Solar Min: 486 days
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Updated 17 July 2010


The Radio Sun
10.7 cm flux: 77 sfu
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Updated 17 July 2010

Current Auroral Oval:
Switch to: Europe, USA, New Zealand, Antarctica
Credit: NOAA/POES
Planetary K-index
Now: Kp= 1 quiet
24-hr max: Kp= 1
quiet
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Interplanetary Mag. Field
Btotal: 1.7 nT
Bz: 1.0 nT north
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Updated: Today at 2346 UT
Coronal Holes:
A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about July 22nd. Credit: SDO/AIA
SPACE WEATHER
NOAA Forecasts
Updated at: 2010 Jul 18 2201 UTC
FLARE
0-24 hr
24-48 hr
CLASS M
01 %
01 %
CLASS X
01 %
01 %
Geomagnetic Storms:
Probabilities for significant disturbances in Earth's magnetic field are given for three activity levels: active, minor storm, severe storm
Updated at: 2010 Jul 18 2201 UTC
Mid-latitudes
0-24 hr
24-48 hr
ACTIVE
05 %
05 %
MINOR
01 %
01 %
SEVERE
01 %
01 %
High latitudes
0-24 hr
24-48 hr
ACTIVE
05 %
05 %
MINOR
01 %
01 %
SEVERE
01 %
01 %
What's up in Space
July 18, 2010

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PUZZLING COLLAPSE OF THE THERMOSPHERE: Researchers are puzzling over a sharper-than-expected collapse of Earth's upper atmosphere during the deep solar minimum of 2008-09. "Something is going on that we do not understand," says John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding. Get the full story from Science@NASA.

SOLAR FLARE: Sunspot 1087 erupted on July 17th (1800 UT) producing a long-duration C2-class solar flare. Click on the arrow to view a 2.5 hour movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory:

The leisurely but powerful eruption hurled a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. Minor geomagnetic storms are possible on or about July 20th when the cloud reaches Earth. Arctic sky watchers won't likely see auroras because of the midnight sun; Antarctic sky watchers, on the other hand, should be alert for Southern Lights.

more images: from Michael Buxton of Ocean Beach, California; from Alan Friedman of Buffalo, New York; from Wouter Verhesen of Sittard, The Netherlands; from K. Snyder and J. Stetson of South Portland, Maine; from Fabio of Imperia, Liguria, Italy

VENUS AT VENUS POINT: On July 11th, Canadian astronomer Alan Dyer was in Tahiti to witness a total eclipse of the sun. If only that cloud hadn't spoiled the moment of totality...! He didn't leave the South Pacific empty-handed, however. "On the evening of the eclipse," he says, "I was able to photograph Venus from historic Venus Point."

"This is where Capt. James Cook made his famous observations of the transit of Venus in 1769," explains Dyer. "Cook named the site 'Venus Point' and it became the mooring point for other expeditions that followed, such as the infamous Bounty voyage. What a beautiful place to watch the sky."

Apparently, missing an eclipse isn't so bad ... when you miss it in the South Pacific. Browse the gallery to see the shots that didn't get away.

Solar Eclipse Photo Gallery
[NASA: South Pacific Eclipse] [animated map] [details]

 
       
Near-Earth Asteroids
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
On July 18, 2010 there were 1139 potentially hazardous asteroids.
July-Oct 2010 Earth-asteroid encounters:
Asteroid
Date(UT)
Miss Distance
Mag.
Size
1999 JD6
Jul 27
53.9 LD
17
1.8 km
6239 Minos
Aug 10
38.3 LD
18
1.1 km
2005 NZ6
Aug 14
60.5 LD
18
1.3 km
2002 CY46
Sep 2
63.8 LD
16
2.4 km
2010 LY63
Sep 7
55.8 LD
18
1.3 km
2009 SH2
Sep 30
7.1 LD
25
45 m
1998 UO1
Oct 1
32.1 LD
17
2.1 km
2005 GE59
Oct 1
77 LD
18
1.1 km
2001 WN5
Oct 10
41.8 LD
18
1.0 km
1999 VO6
Oct 14
34.3 LD
17
1.8 km
1998 TU3
Oct 17
69.1 LD
15
5.3 km
1998 MQ
Oct 23
77.7 LD
17
2.0 km
2007 RU17
Oct 29
40.6 LD
18
1.0 km
2003 UV11
Oct 30
5 LD
19
595 m
3838 Epona
Nov 7
76.8 LD
16
3.4 km
Notes: LD means "Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256 AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on the date of closest approach.
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