Surely a big one's on the way!

Sunspot 1476 continues to dominate solar activity it released 2 large M class flares to day and chances are it may let go a bigger X class flare in the next few days (well we can live and hope anyway).

Also magnetic activity is on the increase, either from a CME released yesterday or a fast solar wind buffeting Earth as I type. In any case my magnetometer shows enough activity for aurora to be visible so check your northern horizon. Ronan Newman from Galway Astronomy Club captured aurora last night with minimal magnetic activity so it's always worth taking a look when conditions are right.

Dave Gradwell

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