The sun produced another M-flare on March 28, 2022. At 11:30 UTC, a solar flare peaked at M4.1. The M4 eruption produced an R1 level shortwave radio blackout over Africa. A burst of radio waves indicating a possible fast CME was detected. There is also a sudden increase in solar protons. Stay tuned for updates on how this will affect earth.
A CME is due to arrive on March 28, 2022. And a low level geomagnetic storm – with auroras at high latitudes – is possible. NASA said the CME will impact Earth late on March 27, 2022, or early on March 28. Activity at Earth is expected to be minor.
The March 28, 2022, CME is from a March 25 solar flare, which also caused a shortwave radio blackout over southeast Asia.
Recent sun and aurora images from EarthSky’s community
Bottom line: Sun activity for the week of March 28, 2022. A CME is due to arrive today. A low level geomagnetic storm – with auroras at high latitudes – is possible.
C. Alex Young is a solar astrophysicist studying the Sun and space weather. Alex is passionate about sharing science with diverse audiences. This led him to start The Sun Today with his designer wife, Linda. First through Facebook and Twitter then adding an extensive website thesuntoday.org, the two work together to engage the public about the Sun and its role in our solar system. Alex led national engagement efforts for the 2017 total solar eclipse. He is the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Armando is well known as an astronomy educator, after 30+ years leading extensive initiatives of public outreach and 10+ years teaching in colleges. As one of only a handful of Puerto Rican science communicators during Comet Halley’s last visit, he assumed a pioneering role starting in 1985 when science was just beginning to enter the local mindset; over time his work brought meaningful change to the culture, inspiring people to pursue interests in science and technology. His affiliations include Ana G. Méndez University–Cupey, where in 2014 he spearheaded an 8-course extension program focusing on observational astronomy, the first ever in the island.
Raúl Cortés studied engineering at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico, obtained a scholarship to continue his studies in Japan and after returning to Monterrey he got credits on MBA from the Graduate School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Faculty. He became a teacher at the University UANL teaching Math and Physics and dedicated the rest of his professional career to serve in engineering areas for USA, Japan and Germany based corporations. His passion for the skies go back to when he was a child, always intrigued about the stars and constellations and reading and researching about the matter. From 2010 on, he dedicated his attention to photographing the stars, constellations, the moon and the sun. Raúl’s work on his photography has been published and posted on the ESC as well as in other platforms and has gained attention to be published by local Monterrey newspapers.
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