BARREL (Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses) is a multiple-balloon investigation that will study Earth's Radiation Belts.
Atmospheric losses of relativistic electrons play an important role in radiation belt dynamics; precipitation into the atmosphere may even completely deplete the radiation belts in some cases.
BARREL is the first NASA Living With a Star Geospace Mission of Opportunity, and will support NASA's RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) mission.
153 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has kept the likelihood of a M class flare at 40% and a 5% chance of an X class flare. There are now two newly observed sunspots nicked named the the Evil Twins. They are collectively known as AR1654.
Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 2
Bz = 1.2 nT south
Btotal = 4.0 nT
There are no large coronal holes on the sun... perhaps those "higher (almost 400 km/s! I know, I know still slow)" Solar Winds we saw were the high speed streams... or perhaps they were just too close to the solar pole.
AE: a small blip in the AE index at ~0900 UT Jan 9th 2013