The Sun is crackling with multiple M class flares from a sunspot that is getting close to being geo-effective. NOAA is predicting that there is a fairly good chance of a larger flare erupting over the next couple of days. The coronal hole in the Northern Hemisphere is still expected to become potentially geo-effective on Dec. 26th - Dec 27th. Our first possibly busts collection for EFW on the Van Allen Probes will start on the 26th when they fly over the Halley and SANAE stations.
Temp.: -7. C
Wind speed: 12 knots
Temp.: -4.7 C
Wind speed: 8 knots
Payloads up: Our first possible launch date is late on the day of Dec. 26 th.
SANAE IV: none
Halley 6: none.
Payloads coming down:
Collection times for EFW:
A: 16:00 - 19:00 (MLTs from 14 - 17)
B: 16:00 - 19:00 (MLTs from 14 - 16.5)
A: 16:00 - 20:00 (MLTs from 11.5 - 14.5)
B: 16:30 - 20:30 (MLTs from 11 - 15)
A: 18:50 - 21:50 (MLTs from 11-14)
B: 19:00 - 22:00 (MLTs from 11-13.5)
Halley Bay :
GOES Electron Flux:
Have continued to be at normal to moderate levels and are expected to be the same for the next three days.
GOES Proton Flux:
Has stayed at background levels for the lat 24 hours and is expected to increase slightly over the next three days.
Space Weather from Spaceweather.com and SWPC
Solar wind speed: 289.2.3 km/s
Solar proton density: 1.1 cm^(-3)
Sun spot number: 108
NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 60% and a 10% chance of an X class flare.
Kp is quiet
kp = 0 with a 24 max of kp = 1
Bz = 2.6 nT south
Btotal = 3.7 nT
There is a Coronal hole in the northern hemisphere which could possible hit Earth on Dec. 26th - 27th.
AE: very quiet.
Dst: very quiet.