CURRENT SPACE WEATHER
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Activity Level on the Sun
April 21, 2019
VERY LOW — No C-class flares in the past two days.
SIDC reports solar activity was at very low levels. Small active region NOAA 2739 decayed further and is expected to become spotless later today. CACTus revealed a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the west limb starting around 05:00UT in LASCO/C2 coronagraphic images. This CME was most likely associated with eruptive processes in NOAA 2738 from behind the west limb, as evident from SDO EUV imagery.
None of the observed CMEs had an earth-directed component.
The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at nominal values. An equatorial negative polarity coronal hole (CH) is transiting the central meridian.
Solar wind speed was fairly steady between mostly 320 and 350 km/s (DSCOVR). Bz varied between -5 and +4 nT. The interplanetary magnetic field was predominantly directed away from the Sun (positive sector). Geomagnetic conditions were at quiet levels, with an isolated unsettled interval (06-09UT) recorded at Dourbes.
Finally, SIDC reports mostly quiet geomagnetic conditions are expected, with a chance on an isolated unsettled episode. Late on 23 or on 24 April, geomagnetic activity is expected to increase following the arrival of the wind stream from an equatorial negative polarity coronal hole.