More Auroras on the way?

Spaceweather says the sun’s firing bullets at us again:

So if you missed the show last week, you still might get lucky tonight or tomorrow.

In which case you’d miss the aurora.

Wow! You whooshed me for about 30 seconds there, lieu! :smiley:

As a thoughtful parting gift, the sunspot that was responsible for last week’s show shot off what might possibly be the most powerful solar flare ever recorded just before rotating around to the other side of the sun. Because we’re so tangential to the blast, I doubt we’ll see a repetition of last week’s auroral display, but check out the pictures on the SOHO page. This was one monster explostion.

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/hotshots/2003_11_04/

This article says there may have been more sunspots since the 1940s than in the previous 1000 years:

http://www.newscientist.com/news/print.jsp?id=ns99994321