Solar Fire for the 2012 Chinese Water Dragon

Solar dragon by artist Henry Roll | http://solar-center.stanford.edu/art/art-images.html

Tracking Cosmic Hieros Gamos ~

Preparation for the arrival of the Year of the Chinese Water Dragon 2012 began on January 19, 2012 with Celestial Dragon Alchemy as the Moon prepared to cross its North Nodal point in Constellation Ophiuchus on the 20th.

Solar flare, Spaceweather, Gamma Ray Burst and Earthquake activity in this Time Window is reported below. Here are Quick Jumps to reports for January {19} {20} {21-A} {21-B} {21-C} {22} {23} {24} {25} {27} {29} {30} {31} {01} {02} {03} {04}

Metaphysical perspective

When the Moon crosses the Ecliptic Plane from South to North she will be transducing a bolt of Solar System current from the Earth’s Zodiac Belt at the nodal point called Rahu or “the Dragon’s Head” before moving on to her next Nodal crossing on the following day. She will cross the Galactic Plane from North to South — the Dragon’s Tail — where a similar transduction process will occur but with the energy upgraded. This crossing point is a Galactic-Earth Lunar Node as it connects the principles of Luna’s nodal points with the fact that it is the Galactic Zodiac Belt from the Earth’s perspective that is being crossed.

At the same time the Dragon Moon is crossing the Galactic Equator the Sun will be crossing a constellation boundary, leaving Sagittarius and moving into Constellation Capricornus. Sun and Moon will be on their respective constellation cusps at extreme opposite ends of Constellation Sagittarius for only some minutes — affording just enough time for a plasma arc to connect them both with the Galactic Spiritual Plane at the same time (the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy resides in Constellation Sagittarius) to imbue both Sun and Moon with Cosmic Spiritual Fire — not enough fire power to boil the blood or set anything ablaze. Just enough to bond them both to the same Spiritual ideals, goals, and benevolent intentions so their offspring have a good chance at being Rainbow Dragons.

We will watch the Solar Activity to see if the Sun has generated such an arc of Solar Light.

Meanwhile, the Solar System is currently processing energy from the Moon’s transit of Constellation Ophiuchus.

The following space weather reports describe the build-up and discharge of solar energies beginning on January 19.

Solar activity was already building during the preceding week with a backside C6 class flare discharged in the direction of Venus on January 16. However, the flurry of solar activity around the target date of January 23 seemed to come to a definite end in the week following Chinese New Year.

To check out those details for yourself visit the daily archive at Spaceweather News.

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Solar Activity Reports

Solar Activity Report for January 19, 2012

EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: Active sunspot 1401 erupted today, Jan. 19th, between 15:15 and 16:30 UT. The long-duration blast produced an M3-class solar flare and a CME that appears to be heading toward Earth. This movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the extreme UV flash:

NASA’s twin STEREO spacecraft recorded an impressive CME emerging from the blast site: movie #1movie #2. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab confirm that the CME is heading for Earth, and they say strong geomagnetic storms are possible (although not guaranteed) when the cloud arrives this weekend. Their animated forecast track predicts an impact on Jan. 21st at 22:30 UT (+/- 7 hrs). Aurora alerts: textvoice.

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Here is what that looked like in the sky:

Again we see the telltale signs of sentient Solar-Constellation Ophiuchus complicity as Due West in this screen capture is falling across the Heart of Ophiuchus.

Metaphysically, Due West is the feminine direction (Sunset) as Due East would be the masculine (Sunrise).

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Solar Activity Report for January 20, 2012

From Solar Watch

The original report

The update

Notice the synchronicity of the “twin” or second event detected within the appearance of a single original blast. This prediction is made in Ophiuchus & 2012 ~ Chinese Year of the Water Dragon.

From Spaceweather News

INCOMING CME: Active sunspot 1401 erupted yesterday, Jan. 19th around 16:30 UT, producing an M3-class solar flare and a full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME). The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud expanding almost directly toward Earth:

Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives this weekend. Their animated forecast trackpredicts an impact on Jan. 21st at 22:30 UT (+/- 7 hrs). Aurora alerts: textvoice.

The cloud is also heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Jan. 24th. NASA’s Curiosity rover, en route to Mars now, is equipped to study solar storms and might be able to detect a change in the energetic particle environment when the CME passes by.

more images: from the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project of Atlanta, GA; from Theo Ramakers of Social Circle, GA; from Jim Haklar of Edison, New Jersey; from Zach, Annissa, and Annie of The G.W. Hinckley School in Hinckley, Maine

INCREASING SOLAR ACTIVITY CLEANS UP SAT-DEBRIS: Earth’s atmosphere has been puffing up in response to increasing levels of UV radiation from sunspots. This is good news for satellite operators, because a puffed up atmosphere helps clean up low-Earth orbit. “The number of cataloged debris in Earth orbit actually decreased during 2011,” reports Nick Johnson in NASA’s Orbital Debris Quarterlynewsletter. “[The figure below] illustrates how the rate of debris reentries from the Fengyun-1C anti-satellite test of January 2007 increased during the past year.”

“Even though only 6% of the total 3218 cataloged debris from the ill-advised engagement had reentered by the end of 2011, half of these debris fell out of orbit in the past 12 months,” he points out. “Likewise, many debris from the 2009 accidental collision of Cosmos 2251 and Iridium 33 are accelerating their departure from Earth orbit. In the absence of a new major satellite breakup, the overall orbital debris population should continue to decrease during 2012 and 2013.”

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Here is what it looks like in the sky as the Sun and Moon lie at the opposite cusps of Constellation Sagittarius, sign of Galactic Sacred Fire.

We are heading toward the next metaphysical mark, the Moon’s crossing of the Galactic Plane:

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Solar Activity Report for January 21, 2012 – from Spaceweather.com

WHILE WAITING FOR THE CME… An incoming CME of Jan. 19th (see below) has not yet arrived. Nevertheless, auroras are already dancing around the Arctic Circle. This was the scene last night over Chatanika, Alaska:

“My fellow Fairbanks aurora chaser, Roger Marty, is shown here shooting a corona as the display began to peak,” says photographer Ronn Murray. “Perhaps we got a sneak peak of what’s to come with tomorrow’s expected CME from sunspot AR1401.”

Indeed, it could be a preview. NOAA forecasters are estimating as much as a 25% chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the CME arrives during the next ~36 hours. High latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

more images: from Frank Olsen of Tromsø, Norway


What has happened to the Solar Flare activity since yesterday?

After the initial solar flare activity on the 18th and 19th the sunspots calmed down and solar flare activity wasn’t strong enough for Spaceweather News or Solar Watcher to comment on except to say the Northern Lights were beginning to dance around the polar regions of our planet (see above).

The geomagnetic storm at this point is still on the way.

Judging by what I’ve seen today (see below) the geomagnetic storm that is on the way is going to be one for the record books. There is cosmic energy layered into it that may not be measurable by anything NASA has or can imagine ever building.

Here for those of us who can never get enough data is a list of the solar bursts beginning with the M1.7 on the 18th.

Solar Burst Events #19-34 January 18-22, 2012

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gev_20120118_1904

2012/01/18 19:04:00

19:27:00

19:12:00

M1.7

N17E32 ( 1401 )

20

gev_20120118_2257

2012/01/18 22:57:00

23:33:00

23:20:00

C5.1

N25W44 ( 1396 )

21

gev_20120119_0115

2012/01/19 01:15:00

03:00:00

02:12:00

C1.1

N18E29 ( 1401 )

22

gev_20120119_0352

2012/01/19 03:52:00

03:57:00

03:55:00

C1.2

N29E28 ( 1402 )

23

gev_20120119_1022

2012/01/19 10:22:00

10:31:00

10:26:00

B8.9

N30E27 ( 1402 )

24

gev_20120119_1241

2012/01/19 12:41:00

13:00:00

12:50:00

C3.2

N26W51 ( 1396 )

25

gev_20120119_1343

2012/01/19 13:43:00

16:30:00

15:30:00

M2.6

N32E27 ( 1402 )

26

gev_20120119_1344

2012/01/19 13:44:00

17:50:00

16:05:00

M3.2

N32E27 ( 1402 )

27

gev_20120120_1458

2012/01/20 14:58:00

15:04:00

15:01:00

B9.1

N18E08 ( 1401 )

28

gev_20120120_2101

2012/01/20 21:01:00

21:22:00

21:12:00

C1.3

N25W71 ( 1396 )

29

gev_20120120_2148

2012/01/20 21:48:00

00:36:00

23:33:00

C1.4

N14W04 ( 1401 )

30

gev_20120120_2150

2012/01/20 21:50:00

00:00:00

23:15:00

C1.5

N13W04 ( 1401 )

31

gev_20120121_0434

2012/01/21 04:34:00

05:30:00

04:57:00

C1.2

N27E02 ( 1402 )

32

gev_20120121_1335

2012/01/21 13:35:00

13:47:00

13:42:00

C2.4

N25W82 ( 1396 )

33

gev_20120121_2044

2012/01/21 20:44:00

21:43:00

21:20:00

C1.3

N17W10 ( 1401 )

34

gev_20120122_0232

2012/01/22 02:32:00

02:57:00

02:44:00

C7.1

N18W10 ( 1401 )

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Gamma Ray Burst Report for January 21, 2012

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From GRB.Sonoma.edu

I haven’t spent any time explaining gamma ray bursts — it just seemed like between Solar Flares, Crop Circles and Earthquakes I was throwing enough at you in a short period of time so I didn’t bring it up.

But now I have to bring it up because we’ve just been pinged by Constellation Ophiuchus.

Today, on January 21 at 09:42:19 UTC a Gamma Ray Burst inside the Zodiac Belt Zone in Constellation Ophiuchus spoke volumes.

The alignment of GRB 20120121A with Alpha Scorpius-Omega Ophiuchus-Zeta Ophiuchus meridian is compelling all by itself. But factor in all the other alignments of stars to Asteroids and Cardinal Angles and even the most neophyte of Astrologers can plainly see the term “compelling” has just taken a quantum leap in meaning.

The screen captures of the sky at the time of the GRB outlines the high points of the celestial sphere’s body language. This is just the Ophiuchus part of it.

What has happened instead of intensified solar activity is that a Gamma Ray Burst from the Rho Ophiuchus area of the constellation has demonstrated its sentient energy body’s response to what is occurring in this process as we bring in to 2012 what may turn out to be the Mother of all Water Dragons — either figuratively or quite literally!

As you can see, the gamma ray burst has occurred parallel with the Heart of Constellation Scorpius, Antares.1 The definition of an Astrological Parallel is within 1.5-3.0° of Declination, depending on the bodies being considered.

This burst was timed to stop the cosmic clock with Due South at the Forked Tongue of the new Southern Serpent of Light Wisdom which was formerly a stinger tail aimed at Galactic Center.

Apparently this constellation is functioning as a Healing Serpent of Wisdom — as described in documentation on Startistics – and as such is communicating to Galaxy Center that all is in order, the Lights and Power are ON at Constellation Ophiuchus.

The southern serpent by the way needs no permission by Astrology to perform as a Serpent of Light instead of a Scorpion of Death. Get on board if you want to reprogram your own mind to trade Death and Malevolence for Light, Wisdom & Healing. This should be a no-brainer.

GRB 20120121A was also timed to stop the cosmic clock at a specific time when the Zenith of the Sky would give us the second part of this message, which isn’t necessarily the second in importance. It is the Crowning Energy, the Ray from the Celestial Sphere’s Crown Chakra – the Monad Ray of Power.

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It gets even better. Wait until you see this.

Okay, who isn’t convinced yet? Raise your hand — anybody?

Although I have no way of knowing what’s coming next (I missed on the Sagittarius Sun-Moon-Solar Arc prediction but this is much better ;-) ), I’m still rooting for the Water Dragon to give birth to a clutch of Rainbow Dragon babies. How about you?

I feel like singing …

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USGS Earthquake News

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 18:47:15 UTC

Magnitude 6.3 OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Here’s how we translate Seismic activity. Take zero hours Right Ascension (00H00M00S) and align it with the Greenwich Mean Line (0° Longitude). Freeze the Earth and Sky for long enough to take a screen capture. Drop a plumb line from the Zenith location of the various stars and celestial objects to their places on the Earth. That becomes their Default Terrestrial Coordinate.

It’s kind of like a giant Game Board. Constellation Ophiuchus is in the WATER off the coast of Mexico, Central and South America. That Condor looks like a pretty big Feathered Serpent to me–what do you think?

So aligning the meridians and freezing Earth and Sky on the date and time of the 6.3 Quake offshore at Chiapas, Mexico, here is the confirming message Earth Mother is sending us about Her part in the goings on:

Galactic Earth Mother is online and ready.

Any questions?

A fun video ending with sparklers and a rocket ship ride.
Happy Chinese New Year’s Eve — tonight she comes!

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Solar Activity Report for January 22, 2012

CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at 0617 UT on Jan. 22nd. At first the impact did not appear to be a strong one: the solar wind speed barely lifted itself to ~400 km/s when the CME passed by. Now, however, in the wake of the CME, a dense and increasingly geoeffective solar wind stream is blowing around Earth, setting the stage for possible auroras on the night of Jan. 22nd. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

surge of ground currents in Lofoton, Norway, signaled the CME’s arrival, but the impact occurred as the sun was rising–too late for European sky watchers to spy the Northern Lights. In Canada, however, there was a window of visibility:

“It was very cloudy at Lake Laberge north of Whitehorse, but we just happened to get 10 minutes of clear sky not long after the CME hit,” reports Phil Hart from the Yukon. “A green corona appeared directly overhead.”

more images: from Chad Blakley of Aurora Sky Station, Abisko National Park, Sweden; from Andrei Penescu of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; from Marketa Stanczykova of Chatanika, Alaska; from Kimberly S Mietzah Damkoehler of Houston, Alaska;

From Solar Watcher:

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Solar Activity Report for January 23, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

RADIATION STORM IN PROGRESS: Solar protons accelerated by this morning’s M9-class solar flare are streaming past Earth. On the NOAA scale of radiation storms, this one ranks S3, which means it could, e.g., cause isolated reboots of computers onboard Earth-orbiting satellites and interfere with polar radio communications. An example of satellite effects: The “snow” in this SOHO coronagraph movie is caused by protons hitting the observatory’s onboard camera.

ALMOST-X FLARE AND CME (UPDATED): This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion’s M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the flare’s extreme ultraviolet flash:

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft detected a CME rapidly emerging from the blast site: movie. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say the leading edge of the CME will reach Earth on Jan. 24 at 14:18UT (+/- 7 hours). Their animated forecast track shows that Mars is in the line of fire, too; the CME will hit the Red Planet during the late hours of Jan. 25.

This is a relatively substantial and fast-moving (2200 km/s) CME. Spacecraft in geosynchronous, polar and other orbits passing through Earth’s ring current and auroral regions could be affected by the cloud’s arrival. In addition, strong geomagnetic storms are possible, so high-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Magnetic storm alerts: textvoice.

JAN. 22ND CME IMPACT: Arriving a little later than expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at 0617 UT on Jan. 22nd. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field and briefly exposed satellites in geosynchronous orbit to solar wind plasma. Shifting lines of magnetic force induced strong ground currents in Norway and sparked bright auroras over the upper reaches of North America. This colorful corona appeared over Chatanika, Alaska:

“We enjoyed some amazing displays as the late arriving CME made its presence felt,” says photographer Ronn Murray.

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Astronomologer’s Note: If I hadn’t been sitting here with a laptop in my lap, I would have missed the material above which has just been replaced with the following:

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JAN. 22ND CME IMPACT: Arriving a little later than expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at 0617 UT on Jan. 22nd. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field and briefly exposed satellites in geosynchronous orbit to solar wind plasma. For the next 24 hours, Earth’s magnetic field reverberated from the impact, stirring bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. Bjørn Jørgensen observed this display from Tromsø, Norway:

“This was amazing,” he says. “It was a wonderful experience to see these stunning auroras.”

NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% – 25% chance of continued geomagnetic storms tonight as effects from the CME impact subside. The odds will increase again on Jan. 24-25 as a new CME (from today’s M9-clare) approaches Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

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The impact also disturbed Earth’s ionosphere. In Atlanta, Georgia, radio engineer Pieter Ibelings monitored a 4.5 MHz CODAR (coastal radar) signal as it bounced off layers of ionization along the US east coast. “The moment of impact can be clearly seen on the CODAR radar plot,” he points out:

“The CODAR transmitters are located all around the coast and are used for mapping the ocean currents to a distance of about 200 miles,” Ibelings explains. “These signals also propagate through the ionosphere so they can be picked up all around the world. The signals are almost perfect for ionospheric sounding since they are linear chirps. I capture the chirp with a receiver locked to GPS both in frequency and time. I then de-chirp the waveform so I can extract the time of arrival information at my location.”

The CODAR echoes show ionization layers shifting vertical position by some hundreds of kilometers, changes that surely affected the propagation of HF radio signals in the aftermath of the impact. More information about Ibelings’ observations may be found here.

more aurora images: from Lance Parrish of Skiland, Alaska; from Coby Brock of North Pole, Alaska; from Phil Hart of Lake Laberge, Yukon, Canada; from Jason Ahrns of Chatanika, Alaska; from John Dean of Nome, Alaska; from Sam Tsai of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada; from Chad Blakley of Aurora Sky Station, Abisko National Park, Sweden; from Andrei Penescu of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; from Marketa Stanczykova of Chatanika, Alaska; from Kimberly S Mietzah Damkoehler of Houston, Alaska;

January 2012 Aurora Gallery

From Solar Watcher


Astronomology Report

Have you invested in suspenders to hold your socks up yet? We don’t want to keep having to go into the next Universe in search of them every time you’re blown away by what the Cosmos is showing us.

In this frame we see Due East in Constellation Ophiuchus is aligned with Cat’s Eye Nebula in Constellation Draco. Cat’s Eye Nebula is the celestial object we use to mark the North Celestial (Zodiac) Pole.

NGC 6543 Cat's Eye Nebula | Constellation Draco

At the Ascendant (where the Horizon bisects the Zodiac Belt) is Constellation Scorpius, rising at a critical degree. It’s a critical degree by virtue of the number of celestial events that have occurred here recently2 to mark it. It is highly charged.

Asteroid Imhotep is still aligned with Alpha Ophiuchus and will be for some days yet. Asteroid Asclepius is still transiting Constellation Ophiuchus though I did not include it in the sky map above.

The Moon as you can see is now all the way into Constellation Capricornus and while the conjunction will not be perfected until 07:39, it was close enough to be in the Sun’s embrace for the M8.7 Solar Flare.

Had the Sun waited any longer to release plasma, Due East would have slipped into Constellation Sagittarius and the perfect alignment with Cat’s Eye Nebula would have been lost, as would the Scorpius Ascendant at the fully-charged critical degree briefly described above.

The Sun and Moon were also in Ecliptic Longitude alignment with Alpha Aquila (Altair), the Eye of the Celestial Eagle. The Moon was within 1 degree and applying to the alignment while the Sun was within 1 degree and separating from alignment culmination. Hence the Zero Point of the Ray from the Eagle’s Eye was  between the Sun and Moon like the pole of the Caduceus was put between the two serpents by Hermes in the Greek Myth.

We can see from this combination of signs and images that the Scorpion-Serpent-Eagle Alchemy isn’t just a spiritual ideal toward which humanity is working. It is a formula for electro-magnetic energy that can be produced on this Cosmic Circuit Board and delivered to us via pulsations from our Solar Star.

Another observation I hope we have all agreed on is that true Magic is being made here by the so-called “13th Zodiac Constellation-Sign” — and we should all be encouraged by it. It does, after all, represent solutions to problems on this planet that are quite possibly hundreds of thousands of years old.

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Solar Activity Report for January 24, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

CME IMPACT: As expected, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 24th at approximately 1500 UT (10 am EST). Geomagnetic storms are likely in the hours ahead. If it’s dark where you live, go outside and look for auroras.

In Lofoton, Norway, the CME’s arrival produced a surge in ground currents outside the laboratory of Rob Stammes:

“The expected CME arrived and showed up on my instruments at 15.10 UTC–a fantastic shockwave followed by a magnetic storm,” says Stammes. “This could be a happy day for many aurora watchers.” Aurora alerts: textvoice.

Indeed, the first auroras, post-impact, have been sighted in Scandinavia. Ashton Seth Reimer sends this picture from Longyearbyen, Norway:

“All day I was anticipating a beautiful auroral display,” says Reimer. “In Longyearbyen, we certainly weren’t disappointed. The display lasted for an solid hour before pushing south. I hope the rest of you enjoy the display as much as we did up here.”

more images: from Jens Buchmann of Kiruna, Sweden; from Alister Chapman of Karasjok, Norway

Here is what that looked like among the Stars from Stonehenge:

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Solar Activity Report for January 25, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

SUBSIDING STORM: A geomagnetic storm caused by Monday’s M9-class solar flare and Tuesday’s CME impact is over. The aurora watch is cancelled for all but the highest latitudes around the Arctic Circle.

STORM RECAP: As expected, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 24th at approximately 1500 UT (10 am EST). The impact produced a G1-class geomagnetic storm and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. As the storm crested, Göran Strand of Östersund, Sweden, took a panoramic photo and wrapped it 360-degrees to create this composition, which he calls Planet Aurora:

Even veteran aurora watchers were impressed. “This was one of the best Northern Lights displays that I’ve ever seen, and I mean ever in over 5000 hours on the ice,” says Andy Keen of Inari, Finland. “It was, in short, truly spectacular and something that will live with me for a lifetime.” In the Abisko National Park of Sweden, aurora tour guide Chad Blakely contributed a similar report: “Eight tourists and I were treated to one of the most wonderful displays I have ever seen. The auroras began as we were eating dinner and continued into the very early hours of the morning. Words can not describe the excitement we shared.”

The storm subsided as it crossed the Atlantic and petered out almost completely by the time it reached North America. Only observers in Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland witnessed the full display:

“We went out with snowmobiles to wait for the incoming storm,” says photographer Antti Pietikäinen of Muonio in the Finnish Lapland. “The show started slowly, but after 15mins the landscape was green! This was the first time for Thomas (pictured above) to see the Northern Lights. He was very happy.” Aurora alerts: textvoice.

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Solar Activity Report for January 27-28, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

RADIATION STORM: Accelerated by yesterday’s X-flare, energetic protons from the sun are swarming around Earth on Jan. 28th. The radiation storm ranks S2 on NOAA scales, which means this is not a severe storm. Nevertheless, it can still affect spacecraft and satellites at the nuisance level. For instance, this coronagraph image from SOHO is clouded by protons hitting SOHO’s onboard digital camera.

ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE: A “ring of fire” solar eclipse is coming to the USA this spring. It’s the first annular eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in almost 18 years. Science@NASA has the full story and a video.

X-FLARE (UPDATED): Departing sunspot 1402 unleashed an X2-class solar flare on Jan. 27th at 18:37 UT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

Sunspot 1402 is rotating onto the far side of the sun, so the blast site was not facing Earth. Nevertheless, energetic protons accelerated by the blast are now surrounding our planet, and an S2-class radiation storm is in progress.

The explosion also produced a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME). A moviefrom the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the cloud racing away from the sun at 2500 km/s or 5.6 million mph. Update: Work by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab shows that the CME will just miss Earth when its edge passes by our planet on Jan. 30-31. Click to view an animated forecast track:

The cloud will deliver a glancing blow to Mars on Feb 1st and a nearly-direct hit to NASA’s STEREO-Ahead spacecraft on Jan. 29th. Solar flare alerts: textvoice.

AURORAS OVER THE USA: The geomagnetic storm of Jan. 24th died out before night fell over North America–or did it? According to reports still trickling in, auroras were reported not only in Canada, but also in some of the lower 48 US states. Shawn Malone of Marquette, Michigan, took this picture looking north from the shores of Lake Superior:

“I got to view a slice of the aurora through a tiny opening in an otherwise completely overcast sky,” says Malone. “It appeared to be a pretty decent display.”

Prompted by the CME warning, Mike Hollingshead of Nebraska drove 450 miles to the Badlands National Park of South Dakota hoping to catch a glimpse of the auroras. He got more than he bargained for: “While I waited for some sign of auroras, the most amazing fireball I’ve ever seen blasts down. It flashed brightly and illuminated the terrain around me.” Later, the auroras made a belated appearance, turning the badland sky green.

More auroras could be in the offing. A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, due to arrive on Jan. 28-29. NOAA forecasters estimate a 15% chance of geomagnetic storms at high latitudes. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

more images: from Stephan Hoglund of Grand Marais, Minnesota; from Kimberly S Mietzah Damkoehler of Houston, Alaska; from Robert Berdan of Calgary, Alberta;from Bob Conzemius of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota; from Matt Melnyk of Edmonton, Alberta; from Sylvain Serre of Ivujivik, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada;

From Solar Watcher

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Solar Activity Report for January 29, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

RADIATION STORM: Accelerated by Friday’s X-flare, energetic protons from the sun are still swarming around Earth on Jan. 29th. The radiation storm ranks S2 on NOAA scales, which means it is not a severe storm. Nevertheless, it can still affect spacecraft and satellites at the nuisance level. Click on the image for an animated demonstration:

That was a coronagraph image from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). The many speckles and streaks are energetic protons striking SOHO’s onboard digital camera. Stronger radiation storms (S4 to S5) can fill images like these with “snow,” rendering them useless for normal operations. The current storm will probably subside later today and restore SOHO’s clear view of the sun.

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Solar Activity Report for January 30, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

Daily Sun: 30 Jan 12

A new sunspot is emerging just south of AR1410. Otherwise, solar activity is very low. Credit: SDO/HMI

CHANCE OF AURORAS: NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of minor geomagnetic storms on Jan. 30th in response to a possible glancing blow from a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME is from last Friday’s off-center X-flare. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

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Solar Activity Report for January 31, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

RING-SHAPED SUNSPOT: New sunspot AR1413 is emerging in the shape of a ring. This two-day movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sunspot’s geometric development:

Does the magnetic architecture of this unusual spot harbor energy for strong flares? Magnetograms appear to show some mixing of polarities between the left and right halves of the ring, which could lead to explosive instabilities. So far, however, solar activity remains low.

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Solar Activity Report for February 1, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

FARSIDE ERUPTION: Sunspot AR1402, the source of last week’s X-flare and many beautiful auroras, is on the farside of the sun now. Although we can’t see it, the active region is still erupting. During the late hours of Jan. 31st, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed this coronal mass ejection flying over the sun’s western limb:

The cloud is heading in the direction of NASA’s STEREO-Ahead spacecraft, which witnessed the explosion from directly above the sunspot. An initial inspection of the data suggests that no planets are in the line of fire.

If AR1402 hangs together for another two weeks, it will complete its transit of the farside and re-emerge on the Earthside of the sun. A return is unlikely, however, because sunspots rarely last for more than one solar rotation.

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Solar Activity Report for February 2, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

QUIET SUN: Solar activity is low. None of the sunspots on the Earthside of the sun is actively erupting. NOAA forecasters estimate no more than a 1% chance of M-class flares during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: textvoice.

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Solar Activity Report for February 3, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

QUIET SUN: Solar activity is very low. None of the sunspots on the Earthside of the sun is actively erupting, and NOAA forecasters estimate no more than a 1% chance of M-class flares during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: textvoice.

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Solar Activity Report for February 3, 2012 from Spaceweather.com

SLIGHT CHANCE OF AURORASNOAA forecasters estimate a 15% chance of geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle today in response to an incoming solar wind stream. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras mixed with waxing-full moonlight. Aurora alerts: textvoice.

FLAT-LINED: With none of the sunspots on tthe Earthside of the sun actively flaring, the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined, as shown in these data from NOAA’s GOES15 satellite:

Solar activity is expected to remain very low throughout the weekend. NOAA forecasters estimate no more than a 1% chance of M-class flares during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: textvoice.


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Have you seen enough to convince you that Ophiuchus & the Water Dragon are a winning combination in 2012?

*As always, we will continue to keep watch and report on a daily basis
until this Solar Activity window closes.

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  1. The Parallel is an Astrological aspect that acts as a animator. It is virtually a “breath of life”.
  2. The two most significant events occurring at this Ecliptic Longitude coordinate are the 2006 triple conjunction of planets and the enigmatic 2008/TC3 bolide event.

About Donna Provancher

I initiated my mysticism & occult path with a course in Astrology from the Rosicrucian Fellowship in 1970. In 1987 as I was preparing to become a professional Astrologer I bought a sky atlas for fun and found constellation Ophiuchus walking along the zodiac belt. I was shocked. I've dedicated myself to evolving Astrology for the New Age ever since then. Let those with the ears to hear, hear. Take what resonates. Leave the rest.