Moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on April 5, 2013

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A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on April 5, 2013. The event peaked at 17:48 UTC. The source of this solar flare appears to be old Region 1695 located near the northeast limb. This region is just coming into Earth view. Earth side of the Sun was relatively calm for the last couple of days. The largest solar event yesterday was a C1 flare observed at 09:57 UTC from Region 1713.

NOAA SWPC forecasters estimated 10% chance for M-class event and 01% chance for an X-class event today.

Xray_1m - April 5, 2013

 

Global D absorption map - April 5, 2013

 

SDO AIA 304 - M2.2 - April 5, 2013

 

Sunspots

There are currently 7 numbered sunspot regions on the disk. 4 of them are classified with Beta magnetic configuration – Regions 1710, 1711. 1713 and 1715. Regions 1704, 1708 and 1714 are classified with Alpha magnetic configuration.

MDI Sunspots - April 5, 2013

 

Combimap - Sunspots - April 5, 2013

 

Solar activity is likely to be low with a slight chance for an M-class flare from April 5 – April 7. The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet levels in the same period.

Featured image: NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

 

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