Above chart shows that this week has been a busy time for Earth and the solar wind. CLICK this link for SpaceWeather.com page and see great photo of Northern Lights and also latest Sun image
SolarHam.com latest report...Sunspot 1429 is now in a great geoeffective position for Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections. This region just produced a strong M6.3 Solar Flare at 03:53 UTC Friday morning. A movie presentation is now shown below. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is now seen in the latest Lasco C2 and STEREO Behind COR2 images. The CME does not look too impressive, judging by the initial images and appears to be mostly directed to the North and West. More images will be needed to determine how large of a plasma cloud it is, and if it will be Earth directed.
The ACE Spacecraft detected a shock passage and a Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse measuring 58 nT at the Boulder Station was recorded at 11:05 UTC Thursday morning. The Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) caused by the X5.4 Solar Flare did impact Earths geomagnetic field.
Minor Geomagnetic Storming (Kp=5) persisted for many hours today, but the Kp Index is now below the G1 minor storm level. Depending on the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF), there will be a chance for additional storm flareups over the hours ahead. Visible Aurora will remain possible at very high latitudes.
A 7.1-MAGNITUDE earthquake hit in the South Pacific near Vanuatu and New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The quake struck at a depth of 23 miles (37km) at 6:09pm local time, 37 miles (60km) northeast of Isangel in Vanuatu and 128 miles (206km) southeast of the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, according to the USGS.
There was no threat of a widespread tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
"However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter," it said, according to AFP...Click above theaustralian.com.au link for more