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It is time for another solar storm forecast from Dr. Tamitha Skov. Enjoy!

03/30/2015 - "The Sun is giving us some well-deserved rest this week after hitting us with that huge solar storm over Saint Patrick's Day. The unsettling effects of that storm lingered for nearly a week afterwards causing aurora flare-ups and wreaking havoc with the amateur radio bands. Flare activity is remaining low despite numerous active regions on the Earth-facing Sun and we have had very little in the way of solar ejections. However, two large coronal holes are teaming up to give us an extended period of high speed wind over the coming days. This fast wind could bring storm conditions, especially at high latitudes, that could impact GPS and amateur radio operations, but will also bring a good chance for aurora. Learn details of this coming fast wind, catch some stunning aurora pictures from the lingering effects of last week's storm, and see what else the Sun has in store this week."

For daily and often hourly updates (during active times) visit Dr. Skov on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/TamithaSkov


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A severe geomagnetic storm is underway. #Aurora are possible at mid-latitudes. Read about #spaceweather at http://1.usa.gov/1GjrN21Also, follow aurora as an aurora hunter at http://aurorasaurus.org/

Possible Impacts: 
Power systems: Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid.
Spacecraft operations: May experience surface charging and tracking problems, corrections may be needed for orientation problems.
Other systems: Induced pipeline currents affect preventive measures, HF radio propagation sporadic, satellite navigation degraded for hours, low-frequency radio navigation disrupted, and aurora has been seen as low as Alabama and northern California (typically 45° geomagnetic lat.).
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T - 3 days until the launch of NASA's MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale) mission from NASA's Kennedy Space Center! 

Why four spacecraft? Building four spacecraft isn't easy!

There are four spacecraft in order to get three-dimensional science information. Four spacecraft also give MMS the necessary observational perspectives to determine whether reconnection events occur in an isolated locale, everywhere within a larger region at once, or traveling across space.
Each spacecraft can be thought of as the point of a triangular pyramid, or tetrahedron. As the tetrahedron flies through space, it can measure the three-dimensional properties of magnetic reconnection regions. The separation distances will vary depending on the orbit and can be changed as the mission progresses. The inter-spacecraft distance can be made to be as large as 250 miles (400 km) to as small as 6 miles (10 km).

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T - 8 days until the launch of NASA's MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale)​ mission.

MMS will travel through two known areas of reconnection near Earth: on the dayside where magnetic fields from the sun connect to Earth’s fields and on the night side where Earth’s own fields can reconnect with each other.
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BANG! Pop goes the sun with M3.7 flare, beautiful erupting filament and a CME on the northwest limb - The flare and eruption March 2, 2015 at 15:28 UT seen by SDO in 304 then 304, 171 and 131 then the CME in SOHO/LASCO 
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WOW! Now  those are some long filaments!

These 2 segments of chromospheric material held up in the solar corona by magnetic fields are called filaments. Combined they are at least around 1.5 million kilometers long or about the diameter of the sun or ~109 Earths lined up side-by-side.

Cooler than the surrounding million degree corona, these structures are around 40,000 to 80,000 Kelvin (roughly celsius). Sometimes these structures become unstable and erupt from the sun giving us coronal mass ejections (CMEs). CMEs are one of the types of space weather and drive geomagnetic storms (and aurora.) We will have to wait to see if these leave the sun and give us a show at Earth. 
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Another great space weather forecast and discussion from our colleague Dr. Tamitha Skov. I am a little late on posting this but it still provides a fantastic discussion of recent space weather as well as the very cool activity now called the St. Patrick's Day Storm. Enjoy! 

https://youtu.be/vQthkf9cgpY
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YAY!!! GO MMS!!!

Launch of Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft Aboard Atlas V 421 Rocket

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft onboard launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, March 12, 2015, Florida. NASA’s MMS mission studies the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.
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Yay!! ULAAV and NASA"s MMS! Best of luck on more discoveries about how the magnectic fields around Earth connect and disconnect..! Beautiful shot :-)
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How would you like to understand a fundamental process happening throughout the universe?

You can! The mission is studying magnetic reconnection, which happens in the atmosphere of stars, planets with magnetic fields and exotic objects across the universe such as black holes and neutron stars. MMS will unlock the answers on a small-scale using Earth as a laboratory. Scientists will share these discoveries with us, and then we too, will understand the process that happens on small and big scales, happening from close to home to the farthest reaches of the universe.

These images show some of the phenomena caused by release of energy through magnetic reconnection, a coronal mass ejection (SDO), a solar flare (SDO), the aurora, a black hole accretion disk flares, nebula around a neutron star (black hole is an artist impression.) credit: NASA

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By looking close to home, NASA’s newest mission with provide a window to the universe.

Like stretched rubber bands, magnetic fields store energy that is released when the fields lines realign – explosively accelerating particles to nearly the speed of light.

This process of energy release from magnetic fields is called magnetic reconnection. Studying and understanding this fundamental process is the main purpose of MMS. This process creates interesting phenomena both near and far on objects with magnetic fields. It causes eruptions on the sun, it releases energy from matter disks around black holes and neutron stars into space, it even happens at the boundaries of the giant bubble surrounding the solar system, letting in charged particles from the rest of the galaxy.

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The Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission was created to study how magnetic fields around Earth interact with activity from the sun. The Earth has a magnetic field like a bar magnetic that is generated by its spinning liquid metal core. The magnetic field forms an invisible bubble around ...
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T - 10 days until the launch of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. This group of four identical spacecraft will study how magnetic fields around Earth rearrange themselves to explosively release energy -- a process known as magnetic reconnection. 

The MMS mission will provide the first three-dimensional views of this fundamental process that can accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light. MMS uses Earth's protective magnetic space environment, the magnetosphere, as a natural laboratory to directly measure reconnection. Reconnection is a common processes in our universe; occurring in space near Earth, in the atmosphere of the sun and other stars, in the vicinity of black holes and neutron stars, and at virtually any boundary between space plasmas, including the boundary between our solar system's heliosphere and interstellar space.

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I study the sun. My friends and family have always been excited by my work. In particular, they are especially interested because the Sun feels real and tangible. Of all the many interesting astrophysical objects in the universe the sun is the one object most people can feel through its light and heat. I have always enjoyed sharing my bit of knowledge about the sun with my friends, family and the public at large.

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