Exactly. This is why I'm a huge proponent of commercial #space endeavors. @elonmusk @richardbranson & friends may be a bit cavalier when it comes to #SpaceWeather, but they force us physicists to transition research tools & models into operations to keep them & their assets safe!
Nice catch! Looks like a #solarstorm was launched too! The "halo" signature from the COR2 coronagraph confirms it's headed towards STEREO-A (highlighted by arrows in the back-and-forth (aka "swing animation"). It might be partly Earth-directed, but we need to wait for LASCO data.
Are these what #SpaceWeather growing pains look like? NOAA, NASA & MetOffice all predicted a #solarstorm shouldve arrived at STEREO-A early to mid-day July 23 & nothing yet. SWPC also predicts a hit at Earth July 24. Lack of consensus betrays humble beginnings of our young field!
SWPC just transitioned a new computer model into operations to increase understanding of space weather events and improve space weather forecasting capabilities. Provides a specification of ionosphere and thermosphere conditions with forecasts two days in advance.
Actually, it might yet be slightly Earth-directed, which is interesting considering we already have another partly Earth-directed #solarstorm en route to Earth! Waiting for updated prediction runs from NASA & NOAA to see if they agree!