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Large farside eruption creates impressive coronal mass ejection (CME)

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A powerful eruption took place on the farside of the Sun at around 22:23 UTC on February 15, 2022, creating an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME). This is one of the largest CMEs of Solar Cycle 25.

The source region for this event is beyond the east limb and therefore not likely to have an Earth-directed component.

This region is expected to turn into Earth-view in about a week.

Image credit: ESA/NASA LASCO C2 and C3, Helioviewer, TW

Solar activity is likely to be low with a slight chance for an M-class (R1-R2, Minor-Moderate) flare through February 18, particularly from Region 2941. By February 18, solar activity should begin to return to low levels as Region 2941 rotates beyond the west limb.

The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels over the past 24 hours.

Mostly quiet conditions are expected through February 18 under an ambient solar wind regime.

Featured image credit: ESA/NASA SOHO LASCO C2 and LASCO C3, Helioviewer, TW

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