Solar Wind Predictions Moves Forward

DSC_3552 copy“White Hole Sun” : a photo taken in West Seattle the morning of 23DEC17, by DrKMBeck. Ca II light (calcium atom ion Ca+) is cooler and deeper in the Sun than the well-known Hydrogen Alpha light of the Photosphere, Chromosphere, and Corona.  Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) give rise to both communication black-outs and Solar Wind-generated Aurora.  

The white hole in the purple haze (above) represents massive magnetic disruptions and a gigantic hole which the Sun is refilling.  While not uncommon, the fact that we are staring down at it means we are in for some amazing Northern and Southern Lights on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Long before the first CME forms, we can predict that a Solar Wind will strike Earth with 50-70%  accuracy within 48 hours using a 3D imaging technique pioneered by chief author, Dr Ken Beck.  A true improvement from the 30-40% previously observed via older techniques over a shorter time frame of 30-35 hours.

The photos now coming in from Iceland, Norway, and Sweden 40 hours later look like this:

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