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M-class solar flare, possibly Earth-directed CME

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M-class solar flare reaching M1.1 took place at 13:35 UTC Wednesday morning around Sunspot 1342 which is located in the northeast quadrant. It now looks like a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) resulted and a portion of it may be Earth Directed.

A region located on the farside of the Sun produced a M-class solar flare and CME Wednesday morning. This region will begin to rotate into view on the eastern limb by the weekend.

Solar activity has been low within the past 24 hours, with the exception of the M1.1 Solar Flare around Sunspot 1342 on Wednesday morning. Sunspots 1338 and 1339 have lost magnetic complexity, but may still produce C-Class flares. All other regions are quiet. (SolarHam)

A couple of small new sunspots are visible Wednesday morning in the southern hemisphere.

Solar wind
speed: 357.2 km/sec
density: 0.3 protons/cm3

X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: M1 1335 UT Nov09
24-hr: M1 1335 UT Nov09

The Radio Sun
10.7 cm flux: 181 sfu

Planetary K-index
Now: Kp= 2 quiet
24-hr max: Kp= 2 quiet

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Nov. 10-11 when a coronal mass ejection could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The source of the CME is a solar filament that erupted during the late hours of Nov. 7th. NOAA forecasters estimate a ~20% chance of polar geomagnetic storms. (SpaceWeather)

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