Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupts from eastern limb

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After impulsive M3.2 solar flare on August 21 emerging Active Region 2149 erupted with another M-class solar flare early on August 22. This latest event started at 06:18, peaked at 06:28 as M1.2 and ended at 06:34 UTC.

AR 2149 has 'beta' magnetic configuration and is still not in position to send Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections. It is, however, signaling another small uptick in solar activity. This is fifth M-class solar flare in last 30 days.

NOAA SWPC forecasters estimate 25% chance for M-class, and 1% chance for X-class solar flare in next two days.

Sunspots

There are currently 7 numbered sunspot regions on the Sun. 

New Region 2149 (N12E77) was the most active region in last 24 hours. Region 2146 (N10E07, Cso/beta) continues to grow and was initially believed to be responsible for two potential CMEs yesterday. Both events were the result of low level flares. However, neither a definable halo signature in LASCO, nor a plasma cloud in STEREO could be observed.

The remaining regions were stable, inactive, and unremarkable.

Regions 2130, 2132 and 2136 are due to return between August 22 and 24.

2139 – Beta
2141 – Beta
2143 – Beta
2146 – Beta
2147 – Alpha
2148 – Beta
2149 – Beta

Featured image: SDO AIA 131 on August 22, 2014 at 06:27 UTC.

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