The best of... 2018!

A  compilation  of  the  most  memorable  space  weather  moments  of  2018, featuring data, links and movies.

Feeling the heat!...

Solar Orbiter, due for launch in 2020, is an ESA mission to perform close-up, high-resolution studies of our Sun and the inner heliosphere. The spacecraft has been tested in the thermal-vacuum chamber at the IABG test facility in Ottobrunn, Germany.

C5 flares in NOAA 2733

NOAA 2733 was a relatively small region that managed to produce two C5 flares: C5.0 on 26 January, and C5.2 on 30 January. These were the strongest flares since the C8 flare produced by NOAA 2699 on 7 February 2018.

C-class flare!

The Sun produced a C1 flare on 6 January. This is the first C-class flare since 6 July 2018.

A new Topical Issue for the SWSC Journal

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) has opened a new topical issue on "Space Weather research in the Digital Age and across the full data lifecycle".

Cruising the solar cycle minimum

A spotless stretch of 18 days and a new (but unnumbered) sunspot region from the new solar cycle have emphasized once again we're transiting the solar cycle minimum.

New records for the Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe has now the records for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object, and it is also the fastest-ever human-made object relative to the Sun.

Extremely severe geomagnetic storms

The under-performance of solar cycle 24 in terms of very strong geomagnetic activity is illustrated with a few new charts.

Just one year ago: Remembering NOAA 2673

Just one year ago, sunspot group NOAA 2673 was the source of a surge in solar activity. The complex region set numerous records for this solar cycle, and was responsible for some important space weather effects.

Strong geomagnetic storm

A strong geomagnetic storm that was observed on 26 August turns out to be the third strongest of the ongoing solar cycle.



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