A long duration solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted at 15:41 UTC on October 17, 2013. The responsible region is "beta-gamma" classified AR 1861 located near the west limb. If CME was generated it would be directed mostly away from Earth.
NOAA SWPC forecasters estimated 30% chance for an M-class solar flare, and 1% chance for an X-class.
Image credit: NASA SWPC, SDO, EVE SAM
There are currently 9 numbered sunspot regions on the disk.
Active Regions - October 17, 2013. Image credit NASA SDO HMI
1861 - Beta-Gamma
1864 - Alpha
1865 - Beta-Delta
1867 - Beta
1869 - Beta
1870 - Beta
1871 - Alpha
1872 - Alpha
1873 - Beta
Featured image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams
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