A moderate solar flare reaching M1.7 peaked at 12:41 UTC on November 20, 2012. This event originated from Active Region 1611 located on northwest limb and was not Earth directed. NOAA SWPC forecasters estimated there was 30% chance for an M-class event today and 5% for an X-class event.
Fastly growing Active Region 1618 has more than quadrupled in last 36 hours and has reached Beta-Gamma classification thus harboring energy for strong solar flares. Any eruption from that region would be Earth directed.
Featured image: SDO AIA 171, November 20, 2012 at 12:40 UTC. Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
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