APPROACHING EARTH FACING SUNSPOT AND INCREASING SOLAR ACTIVITY EXPECTED BY JULY 10, 2018
Today, the face of the sun is blank. Tomorrow, we may have a sunspot. A new active region is hiding just behind the eastern limb of the sun. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed its magnetic canopy towering over the edge of the solar disk on July 7th:
At the bottom of those magnetic loops probably lies a dark sunspot, which yesterday unleashed a C-class solar flare. Solar rotation is turning the region toward Earth, and it could emerge into view as early as July 8th. Amateur astronomers with backyard solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor developments.
A potential active region will begin to turn into Earth view during the next several days. Solar activity has been stuck at quiet levels for all of 2018 so even the slightest increase in flare activity would be welcomed. More updates in the days ahead. Image by SDO/AIA.