QUIET SUN: Right in the middle of Solar Max, the sun has entered one of
its deepest quiet spells in years. Flare activity has subsided and the
sun's x-ray output has flatlined. This event highlights the
unpredictability of the solar cycle. Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates and commentary.
AURORAS ANYWAY: Even during a period of low solar activity, geomagnetic
storms and auroras are possible as solar wind streams buffet Earth's
magnetic field. Earth is inside such a stream right now. Geomagnetic
storm alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).