Sun ain’t giving us a rest – after series of M-class events an M6.1 peaked at 11:44 UTC

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The Sun keeps producing M-class flares for second day in a row. We are now bound to get used to M-class same as we did with C-class. Yesterday we saw 5 strong M-class flares – today we reached that number before 8:00 UTC.

 

The day is still not over and we have already seen 8 M-class solar flares, almost all of them from Region 1515.

At 11:44 UTC on July 5, 2012 notorious Region 1515 peaked with M6.1 solar flare, the stronges so far. The event started at 11:39, peaked at 11:44 and ended at 11:49 UTC. Potential impacts: Area of impact centered primarily on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Radio – Limited blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for tens of minutes.

Immediately after this eruption a powerful Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was observed but it’s not Earth directed.

 

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded M5
Begin Time: 2012 Jul 05 1139 UTC
Maximum Time: 2012 Jul 05 1144 UTC
End Time: 2012 Jul 05 1149 UTC
X-ray Class: M6.1
Optical Class: 1b
Location: S20W32
NOAA Scale: R2 – Moderate

SUMMARY: 10cm Radio Burst
Begin Time: 2012 Jul 05 1142 UTC
Maximum Time: 2012 Jul 05 1144 UTC
End Time: 2012 Jul 05 1145 UTC
Duration: 3 minutes
Peak Flux: 290 sfu

Description: A 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the 10cm wavelength was double or greater than the initial 10cm radio background. This can be indicative of significant radio noise in association with a solar flare. This noise is generally short-lived but can cause interference for sensitive receivers including radar, GPS, and satellite communications.

 

 Latest solar events: updated at 15:20 UTC, July 5, 2012

DATE/START END PEAK CLASS REGION
2012/07/05 01:05:00 01:15:00 01:10:00 M2.4 1515
2012/07/05 02:01:00 02:32:00 02:05:00 C7.0 1515
2012/07/05 02:35:00 02:47:00 02:42:00 M2.2 1515
2012/07/05 03:25:00 03:39:00 03:36:00 M4.7 1515
2012/07/05 04:42:00 04:49:00 04:45:00 C9.1 1515
2012/07/05 06:49:00 07:05:00 06:58:00 M1.1 1515
2012/07/05 07:40:00 07:48:00 07:45:00 M1.3 1515
2012/07/05 09:05:00 09:11:00 09:08:00 C5.0 1515
2012/07/05 09:17:00 09:24:00 09:20:00 C5.8 1515
2012/07/05 10:44:00 10:50:00 10:48:00 M1.8 1515
2012/07/05 11:39:00 11:49:00 11:44:00 M6.1 1515
2012/07/05 13:05:00 13:32:00 13:17:00 M1.2 1514

 

There is 80% chance for more M-class flares and 20% chance for X-class.

More updates as they become available.

Follow Sun’s activity in real-time – SWS.

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