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The View From Here & Holiday Cheer

Dear <<First Name>>,

I have just returned from the largest gathering of Earth and Space scientists in the world. It's called the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, where over 25,000 of us meet, share our work, and talk about where our science should go next. With that many experts concentrated in a single space, the whole meeting is charged with a buzzing energy that serves to both enlighten and inspire. 

This year, I learned some amazing details about our star and how it creates the solar wind that bathes our solar system in Space Weather. The findings from the Parker Solar Probe continue to dazzle. I will share these insights with you in future Space Weather News episodes. But that is not all!  If you are a member of my Patreon community, my latest Rocket to My World episode reveals some of the other mind-blowing topics covered at the AGU, like new details on the Martian and Jovian space weather systems, that I will dip into during future forecasts. Deeper dives into these subjects (including short video clips and pictures of the charts taken during the actual science sessions at the AGU) will be found in my Patreon community. Depending upon the interest, I might even cover some of these exciting new developments in a Q&A-Mini-Course. So stay tuned for some really mind-bending content in the new year.

As for the forecast this week, our Sun is bringing us some holiday cheer with some fast solar wind that is creating aurora-filled skies at high latitudes. Despite frigid weather, quite a few field reporters are braving the cold to take some stunning shots for which I am very grateful (but please stay warm and well, you brave ones!) Along with this mild storm, another solar cycle 25 bright region has emerged on our Sun over the past couple of days. The region is already beginning to decay, but for a while it was strong enough to be seen as a sunspot in white light. This is yet another indicator of the coming cycle! Between the upward trend in solar flux over the past few months and the increasingly frequent sightings of solar cycle 25 bright regions like this one, 2020 is poised to be a fantastic year for our Space Weather community.

So from my family to yours, may you thoroughly enjoy your holiday season-- and as you celebrate the new year, I hope you'll agree, the view from here is a promising one. 


A Fleeting Sunspot & A Familiar Hole | Space Weather News 12-19-2019

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