Sun’s fastest CME since 2005.

Sun’s fastest CME since 2005.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) exploded from the vicinity of sunspot 1164 during the late hours of March 7th. It lept away from the sun traveling some 2200 km/s, making it the fastest CME since Sept. 2005. A movie of the cloud prepared by Karl Battams of the Naval

Seven M-class flares today

Seven M-class flares today

Several M-Class flares (7) took place during the day on Monday. Sunspot 1165 which is located in the southern hemisphere is in the process of rotating onto the western limb and will soon be out of direct earth view. Sunspot 1164 which is in the northern hemisphere

Several low level M-class solar flares occurred today

Several low level M-class solar flares occurred today

Several low level M-Class flares have taken place around each of the big three regions 1164, 1165 and 1166 during the early parts of Monday. The largest one of these thus far was an M1.8 around Sunspot 1165. Sunspot 1165 will begin to rotate onto the western limb over

Missing sunspots gathered NASA’s scientist for briefing

Missing sunspots gathered NASA’s scientist for briefing

NASA said it has rescheduled a media teleconference to Wednesday 2 pm EST to discuss the first computer model that explains the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun’s 11-year cycle.The recent solar minimum, a period characterized by a lower

The beautiness of solar flare

The beautiness of solar flare

M3.6 solar flare occurred on February 24 near the solar esatern limb and blew out a gorgeous CME plasma waves that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period. Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. This event was

After M3 flare, active sunspots turned to Earth-side

After M3 flare, active sunspots turned to Earth-side

New sunspot 1163 doesn't look very impressive, but the M3-class flare it unleashed yesterday was absolutely spectacular. Click Eastern Blast to download a movie recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. When the eruption occurred, sunspot 1163 was…

Approaching active sunspot region aiming Earth

Approaching active sunspot region aiming Earth

A significant active region is set to emerge over the sun's northeastern limb. The underlying sunspots are not yet visible from Earth, but the region's towering magnetic canopy is already in view. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took this picture…

Coronal holes on the farside of the Sun

Coronal holes on the farside of the Sun

For the past week, all eyes have been on the Earth-side of the sun, where sunspots 1158 and 1161-1162 have unleashed some of the strongest flares in years. Meanwhile, the farside of the Sun has been busy, too. Here is the movie from NASA's STEREO-B probe…

Plasma cloud from X2.3 solar flare headed our way

Plasma cloud from X2.3 solar flare headed our way

Plasma cloud from the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 (X2.3 on February 15, 2011) is headed our way. It is expected to arrive around February 17. 2011/02/15, at 07:07 UTC – PRESTO-alert: NOAA AR 1158 has produced an X2.3 flare peaking at 01:56 UTC,…

First X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 – X2.3 on February 14, 2011

First X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 – X2.3 on February 14, 2011

Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X2.3 solar flare at 01:56 UTC on February 14, 2011. This is the most powerful solar flare in nearly five years, and the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24. The source was behemoth sunspot 1158.

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