Farside CME hurled toward Mercury and Venus

An active region on the far side of the sun erupted on October 14 and hurled a significant coronal mass ejection toward Mercury and Venus. Analysts at the Goddard Space Flight Center expect the cloud to hit the innermost planet on October 15 around 08:30 UTC. (SpaceWeather)

<CME forecast track >

Several regions on the farside of the Sun have been producing Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) over the past 3 days Oct 13 - 15, 2011. This Movie shows what could be laying ahead for us in the near future.

Despite the sunspot count, solar activity remains low heading into the weekend. Sunspot 1309 has rotated onto the western limb and it looks like Sunspot 1315 has faded away. A new region that formed towards the east of sprawling Sunspot group 1319 now looks to be fading as well. The three largest Sunspot groups are currently 1314, 1316 and 1319. There will remain the chance for C-Class flares and there is the possibility for an isolated M-Class event. (SolarHam)

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