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SPACE WEATHER WOMAN

A Trip Uphill (Never Gets Old)


Dear <<First Name>>,

As I watched the SpaceX launch of Dragonship Resilience the other day, I heard an announcer say the astronauts were taking a "nine-minute trip uphill" during the burn of their Falcon-9 rocket. I couldn't help but laugh at this unique description of the path to Low Earth Orbit. At the same time, I was thinking that no matter how many times I watch this uphill climb, it never gets old. It was then that I realized, it's the same with our Sun too.

I've been studying our star professionally for over 20 years now and have analyzed data from a multitude of solar cycles. You would think that watching the Sun light up as new regions emerge and activity grows would get old. Nope. Take this week for example. We have a bunch of new sunspots that have emerged in the Sun's southern hemisphere that are firing solar flares and boosting the solar flux at Earth. One region even launched a near-Earth directed solar storm (it will miss us to the East.) But just like the picture of the SpaceX launch shown above, all of this activity has me watching our star in anticipation of what will happen next. 

So, as you take a look at this week's forecast, know that we, like the astronauts, are also on a trip uphill. As we continue to climb upward in this new cycle, guaranteed, I will show eagerness at every solar flare and solar storm launch as if I were watching it for the first time. I know it seems silly. But you know, it just never gets old.

Cheers,
Tamitha
 
Activity Ups with Storms, Flares & Fast Wind | Solar Storm Forecast 11.14.2020
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