May started off a little quite but it isn’t likely to stay that way. On May 7th we had a M3.91 size flare. We are not likely to see much activity from this flare, as it was not earth facing. However this is a very good size sunspot with very complex structures. As you watch the video below you will see several snaps as it erupts at the sunspot then a tidal wave that floods out along magnetic fields from that sunspot region. Experts are predicting that we are very likely to see more than one flare out of the sunspot as it seem to be developing as it is rotating into earth facing. This very well could be another active month!
We do have coronal holes earth facing that may keep us at a KP3 but are not at this time expected to give us a large aurora show. There is a small sunspot region that will be earth facing with in the next 48 hour, if that has some flaring it could change the forecast. The large sunspot region will be rotating in and could make impact as early a May 12th. Both NASA and NOAA had increased predictions for the May 14th about a week ago, based on this and what experts are saying we have really good chance at a fairly good size Aurora Event. Weather is expected to be Partly Cloudy through most of this aurora event next week.
This weekend we are going to do a flash sale for Mother’s Day. Give your mom a gift she can use all year with Gold Membership to North American Dark Skies Website. Featuring zoom classes in auroras and photography, educational videos, weather and solar weather forecasting, photo contests and more. This is a chance to get to know other members online and find mentors. Share your journey with other member and get one on one help from talented photographers.
Upcoming events Sunday May 9th & 11th Gold members will have a Questions and Answer session where you can all your questions about when to see auroras and how to photograph them before the next big Aurora event. Details will be in members area on website.
Saturday May 15th, Peggy will be doing a talk about storm chasing and how to photograph lightning. Tools you will need, Apps to use, and how to remain safe will storm chasing.
We also need our members to reply on webpage what days and times would be best for photo club. Photo club is going to cover a wide verity of topics. Everything from Learning your camera, rules of composition, tips to improve, weekly projects, how to edit photos, which programs to use, and step by step instructions using your photos you send to be edited.