Moderately strong M5.7 solar flare erupts from Region 3004

m5.7 solar flare may 4 2022

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M5.7 erupted from geoeffective Active Region 3004 at 08:59 UTC on May 4, 2022. The event started at 08:45 and ended at 09:10 UTC.

The region is located at the center of the disk, a location that favors Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs).

However, at the time of press, no radio signatures were detected that would suggest a CME was produced.

This region has a ‘beta’ magnetic configuration and is capable of producing more moderate and strong solar flares.

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d-rap m5.7 solar flare may 4, 2022

This is the strongest solar flare of the day so far. It comes 9 hours after M5.3 erupted from a region located on the Sun’s southeastern limb. This region was also responsible for the X1.1 solar flare at 13:25 UTC on May 3.1

There are currently 3 numbered regions on the Earth side of the Sun – 2999 (Alpha), 3001 (Alpha) and 3004 (Beta).

sdo hmi sunspots on may 4 2022

References:

1 X1.1 solar flare erupts from the Sun’s SE limb – The Watchers – May 3, 2022

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-16 SUVI

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