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Space weather monitors return of sunspot clusters; Geomagnetic Watch Released: Space: Nature World News

The latest report from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center showed that a strong (R3) outburst was observed from NOAA/SWPC Region 3697 on May 31. Flashes could potentially impact radio frequency radio (HF) users and disrupt communications signals.

The flares and sunspot clusters will help provide new insights into their activities. According to a recent report, the eruption peaked in late May. The revival of sunspot activity managed to reappear after a period of inactivity.

The return of sunspot clusters and potential geomagnetic storm

Aurora australis or southern lights. According to reports, aurorae are likely during geomagnetic storms. In addition, strong CMEs can potentially affect communications signals and satellite operations, especially high-frequency radio. Recently, NOAA observed a strong eruption on May 31 (Photo: by PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a report, this cluster helps unleash intense geomagnetic storms, which could trigger aurora sightings. It was observed at a width of 200,000 kilometers and possibly produced M-class flares and additional flares from May 30 to 31.

The June 1 report from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center explains that an eruption is an outburst of solar energy. These flares could probably last minutes or hours. The frequency of flares can cause signal loss and temporary degradation of HF radio signals.

In addition, there is a chance that strong eruptions could cause geomagnetic storms. Potential Auroras are likely, especially in the northern and upper Midwestern states. These can lead to disruptions in satellites and electricity networks.


On May 30, the recent NOAA report announced a Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the period May 31 to June 1. The report noted that a CME linked to the X1.4 flame could affect Earth’s magnetic field. Region 3697 produced this.

CME, known as coronal mass ejection, refers to an eruption of solar material with the potential to arrive on the planet. This leads to geomagnetic storms and watches. Likewise, people can see Aurora from New York to Idaho.

Based on the recent highs of the NOAA forecasts, sunspot and solar flare activity was also detected. Region 3697, known as Region 3664, produced flares. Additionally, the report explains that active regions 3691 and 3697 have the potential to keep the likelihood of flare-ups higher than normal.

According to the highlights, the mentioned two sunspot clusters returned from regions from early May. These helped with the frequency of M class or R1-R2 Minor flares moderately. The old RGN 3664 was considered the source of the stronger activity.

In a May 21 report, NOAA Space Weather monitored a halo CME on the far side, observed in NASA/SOHO coronagraph images.

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More facts about geomagnetic storms

Geomagnetic storms are disturbances that occur in the Earth’s magnetosphere, associated with CMEs. When they appear in space, it can take days before they hit Earth.

Furthermore, the report explains that it has expected effects. For energy systems, there is a chance of weak fluctuations in the electricity grid. In addition, spacecraft operations may have minor impacts on satellite operations. Animals are likely to be affected.

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