There was a recent CME event – here’s the video captured by LASCO C3 imager on SOHO:

An astute reader pointed out that we may have experienced a polar magnetic reconnection event – here’s the GOES magnetometer and NICT Real Time Magnetosphere Simulatio, notice the field lines flip?

Check out the cloud system at the South Pole:

Also interesting are the North Pole “streamers”

We expect the latest solar burst to arrive around September 8th.

You can read more about magnetic reconnection from Wikipedia here.