Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X2.3 solar flare at 01:56 UTC on February 14, 2011. This is the most powerful solar flare in nearly five years, and the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24. The source was behemoth sunspot 1158.
speed: 452.8 km/sec
density: 5.2 protons/cm3
X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: X2 0156 UT Feb15
24-hr: X2 0156 UT Feb15
Image credit: NASA SDO (via SpaceWeather)
Featured image: NASA SDO
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