X-Ray image of the Sun, February, 15, 2011. (NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center)

Above is the most recent image of the Sun’s lower atmosphere in X-Rays. Compare with a similar image from Sunday. One thing that you can notice is the rotation of the Sun on its axis – it rotates about once per month at the equator, but rotates a bit more slowly at the poles.

Solar X-Ray flux, February, 2011 (NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center)

The X-Ray flux measurements from the GOES-15 satellite shows a number of small bursts from the Sun during the past couple of days, but nothing major.

Auroral Oval, Norther Polar Map (NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center)

In fact, a look at the Earth’s polar regions shows that the Auroral Ovals are roughly normal. You would be able so see the aurorae if the yellow circle were to lie near your portion of the world. As of now, it appears that viewing is limited to northern Canada, Norway, Greenland and northern Siberia. For more details, please see NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

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