DEPARTING SUNSPOT: Big sunspot AR2665 is rotating toward the sun’s western limb, turning away from Earth. “It is putting on quite a show as it departs,” says Mike Taormina, who sends this picture from Malta, New York:
AR2665 still poses a threat for solar flares and CMEs, but future eruptions won’t likely be Earth directed. Nevertheless, this sunspot will still affect our planet in the days ahead. A CME it hurled toward us two days ago is due to arrive on July 16th, sparking high-latitude auroras and moderately-strong geomagnetic storms.