Forecast for Week of May 12th

The question we are all asking, is will this sunspot continue. At the moment it seems NASA is down grading predictions for this sunspot region. Seem the coronal holes have a weaker wind stream and the small B class flare is going to brush off the left of us. Looking at the below comparison of the sunspots it seems 2822 or the northern coronal hole is beginning to spread. It remains capable of producing a CME with tightly wrapped polarities. but the outer edges seem to be growing and spreading. It is has seem to reduce activity as it is has connected magnetically with earth. 2823 the southern sunspot is spreading as well, growing larger as it spreads the distance between polarities. We will have to keep a close eye on these as they are are now capable of affecting earth if they produce a CME. Now it frequently happens that when the sun connects with the earth magnetically, that is dampens the energy a bit so and then as it rotates away from earth it gathers energy again releases some of the energy. This is not a bad mechanism. if it protects us from getting a super large CME that could be a threat to our power grids.

The Aurora forecast has been down graded for the moment , will have to see what the sunspots will do in the in the coming days. Also will have to see what incoming sunspots will bring

We hosted our first Zoom meeting last night. Some of those in the meeting requested to some use full links. If you are becoming a Gold or Silver member at our Website https://northamericandarkskies.com/membership-account/membership-levels/

We will be doing a lot of different classes in Aurora, Weather, and Photography. So lets begin with aurora links and end with some of the photography links.

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/space-weather-enthusiasts

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/27-day-outlook-107-cm-radio-flux-and-geomagnetic-indices

https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/news.html

https://helioviewer.org/

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/

https://www.windfinder.com Weather app

https://www.blitzortung.org/en/live_lightning_maps.php Lightning Map

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Wildland fire maps

https://www.darktable.org/ Free Photo Editing

https://rawtherapee.com/ Free Photo Editing

https://www.gimp.org/ Free Photo Editing

https://www.inpixio.com/ Photo Editing

https://skylum.com/ Photo Editing

https://www.dxo.com/ Photo Editing

https://www.paintshoppro.com/ Photo Editing

https://pixlr.com/ Photo Editing

https://www.captureone.com/ Photo Editing

https://affinity.serif.com/ Photo Editing

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Flickr.com North American Dark Skies group. Photo sharing

List of Apps for your phone. Aurora alerts, Aurora Forecast, Star Walk, Light Pollution Map, Blitzortung, Weather Station, Lightning Pro, Windfinder.

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