Large filament eruption to deliver a glancing blow early Friday

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A large solar filament located in the southern hemisphere lifted off the Sun at about 8:50 UTC on August 20, 2013. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced as the result. Though the majority of Sun's material is directed south current forecast shows it will make a glancing blow to Earth's geomagnetic field early on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Wide spread geomagnetic storming is not expected but high-latitude skywatchers should be alert for auroras.

Sunspots

There are currently 10 numbered sunspot regions on the Sun.

1817 – Beta
1818 – Alpha
1820 – Beta
1822 – Beta
1823 – Beta
1824 – Beta
1825 – Beta-Gamma
1826 – Beta
1827 – Beta
1828 – Beta

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

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