On July 7th, the sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts. Click on the dynamic spectrum below to play a 21 MHz sample recorded by amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft in rural New Mexico. The action begins about 18 seconds into the 2-minute recording:
The roaring-static sound you just heard was a combo Type III-Type V solar radio burst caused by electron beams moving through the sun's outer atmosphere. The source of the electrons could be an newly-emerging sunspot group in the sun's southeastern quadrant, although this is not certain. The active region is crackling with C-class solar flares, and it could produce more radio sounds in the days ahead. (SpaceWeather)
The solar X-Rays have been fairly quiet since the C-Class activity on Friday. Sunspots 1245 and 1247 persist and there could be a chance for a further C-Class flare on Saturday. The STEREO Behind images show atleast 3 regions in the norhtern hemisphere that will begin to rotate into view during the upcoming week. (SolarHam)
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