Long duration M1.4 solar flare erupted near the northeast limb

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A long duration solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted on July 1, 2014, at 11:23 UTC. The source of this event was AR 2106 ('beta') located near the northeast limb. 

The event started at 11:05, peaked at 11:23 and ended at 11:59 UTC. Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from this event should not be Earth directed.

Forecasters estimate 40% chance of M-class, and 5% chance of X-class solar flares over the next two days.

M1.4 solar flare on July 1, 2014 @ 11:41 UTC. Image credit: NASA SDO / AIA 304

Sunspots

There are currently 8 numbered sunspot regions on the Earth side of the Sun. Two old and huge active regions AR 2080 and AR 2085 are making another rotation over the Earth side of the Sun. They both emerged over the weekend and are now numbered 2104 and 2107, respectively. They both remain of greatest interest and risk for significant flares.

AR 2104 has developed a 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field configuration and harbors energy for major solar flares.

Sunspots on July 1, 2014. Image credit: NASA SDO / HMI

2096 – Beta
2097 – Alpha
2100 – Beta
2102 – Beta
2104 – Beta-Gamma-Delta (ex 2080)
2105 – Beta
2106 – Beta
2107 – Beta-Gamma (ex 2085)

Featured image: NASA SDO AIA 304 on July 1, 2014, at 11:41 UTC.

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