Articles tagged "m-class solar flare"

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M1.3 and C9.9 solar flares occurred while Earth expects impact of September 28 CME

Sunspot 1583 on the western limb produced an M1.3 flare on Sept. 30 at 04:33 UTC. Region 1583 had grown rapidly in the past 24 hours, however it is only hours away from rotating off the solar disk and out of view. SIDC and NOAA/SWPC expect mostly eruptive conditions

October 01, 2012

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Sunspot 1434 unleashed M1.3 solar flare

Sunspot 1434 located in the southern hemisphere, produced a rapid M1.3 Solar Flare at 20:39 UTC on March 17, 2012. A Type II Sweep Frequency Event with a velocity of 1140 km/s was detected as well. Analysis of the M1.3 flare is ongoing to determine if it was

March 18, 2012

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M6.3 solar flare, geomagnetic storm still in progress

Sunspot 1429  just produced a strong M6.3 Solar Flare. AR 1429 is now located in the center of the visible solar disk so this solar flare and its CME is heading straight toward Earth. The Bz Component of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) is pointing south and

March 09, 2012

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A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 took place at 03:59 UTC Monday morning

A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 was generated by Sunspot 1402 in the northern hemisphere. The flare peaked at 03:59 UTC monday morning (Jan 23 2012) and started off an a long duration M1.0 event (LDE) before eventually rising again to its maximum. An R2 Radio

January 23, 2012

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M3.2 solar blast from Sunspot 1402 produced Earth-directed CME

The long-duration blast at active region 1402 produced M3.2 solar flare and CME which is heading toward Earth. This was two-wave flare and first CME wave was overtaken by the 2nd wave due to its higher speed velocity.The major bulk of the plasma cloud appears to be

January 20, 2012

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Large sunspot group harbors energy for M-class solar flares

A large sunspot group is rotating over the sun's northeastern limb, possibly signaling an uptick in solar activity. Measuring some 40,000 km wide and at least twice that in length, the behemoth active region is an easy target for backyard solar

November 02, 2011

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Minor geomagnetic storm subsiding

The solar wind was at increased levels Tuesday morning and combined with a south tilting Bz, it stirred up a minor geomagnetic storm at high latitudes. Things have since returned to quieter levels.Solar activity increased to moderate levels Monday with three M-Class

November 01, 2011

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Three M-class solar flares at northeast limb

An M1.1 Solar Flare peaked at 15:08 UTC Monday morning and was centered around a new region located on the Northeast Limb. Stay Tuned for increasing solar activity.The second and third M-Class Flares of the day has taken place around the new region hiding on the

October 31, 2011

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Sun blasted CME toward Mars

A bright CME blasted off the sun on Oct. 22nd, and it appears to be heading for Mars. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to reach the Red Planet on Oct. 26th (forecast track). A brief discussion of what CMEs can do to Mars follows this SOHO

October 23, 2011

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New sunspot record

The official Sunspot number for Oct 21,2011 is 207. This is a new record for Solar Cycle 24. Despite the amount of Sunspots, only low level M-Class flares have taken place thus far. This could soon change. Solar activity has been moderate with low level

October 22, 2011

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Sun is active again: M1.6 flare & sundiving comet

A Solar Flare reaching M1.6 peaked at 03:25 UTC Thursday morning and appears to be centered off the northwest limb near Sunspot 1318 which is rotating out of direct earth view.Solar activity remains at fairly low levels with only small to mid sized C-Class flares

October 20, 2011

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Minor geomagnetic storming underway

Minor geomagnetic storming (G1 on the Geomagnetic Storm Scale) is underway following the arrival at Earth of 1 or more Coronal Mass Ejections that erupted from the Sun late last week and into the weekend.  Activity is not expected to strengthen much beyond current

October 06, 2011

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Double eruption on Sun

On October 1st around 10:17 UT, widely-spaced sunspots 1302 and 1305 erupted in quick succession, revealing a long-distance entanglement which was not obvious before. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the movie of the double blast:Since it was

October 02, 2011

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Strong solar activity causing severe geomagnetic storm

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. A strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm is in progress. Earth's magnetic field has been strongly disturbed since approximately 1300 UT on Sept. 26th when a CME hit our planet. The impact strongly compressed the

September 26, 2011

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Earth-directed coronal mass ejection expected

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading toward Earth and it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field on Sept. 22th around 23:00 UT. There are no large coronal holes on the Earth-facing side of the sun. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for

September 21, 2011

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STEREO-SOHO detected six coronal mass ejections

On Sept. 19th, the STEREO-SOHO fleet of spacecraft surrounding the sun detected six coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Two of the clouds rapidly dissipated. The remaining four, however, are still intact and billowing through the inner solar system. Click to view a movie of

September 20, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress

As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field at ~03:30 UT on Sept 17th. The impact sparked a moderate geomagnetic storm (in progress) and auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watch

September 17, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm continues

New sunspot AR1295 is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb and crackling with solar flares. The strongest so far, a C9.9-category blast, did something remarkable. Click on the arrow to watch an extreme ultraviolet movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics

September 13, 2011

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New sunspot is emerging over the Sun's northeastern limb

A big new sunspot is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb. AR1271 has at least four dark cores and it is crackling with small flares. The sunspot's entrance was captured in this 24-hour movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory: NOAA forecasters...

August 16, 2011

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Another M-class solar flare

A second M-Class flare, this time a M2.5 took place at 03:54 UTC Tuesday morning around Sunspot 1263. This is in addition to the earlier M3.5 flare which we reported yesterday. The first flare produced a small, but fast moving (2010 km/s) Coronal Mass Ejection...

August 09, 2011

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Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size

Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size this weekend. A 28-hour movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the spot developing a tail that has added some 50,000 km of length to the active region.This development may increase the likelihood of a stro

August 08, 2011

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One of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years subsiding

Earth's magnetic field is still reverberating from a CME strike on August 5th that sparked one of the strongest geomagnetic storms in years. Registering 8 on the 0 to 9 "K-index" scale of magnetic disturbances, the storm, at its maximum, sparked...

August 06, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm still in progress but lingering

A geomagnetic storm is in progress. It began on August 5th around 18:00 UT when a CME struck Earth's magnetic field. At its peak during the hours just after impact, the storm registered 8 on the 0 to 9 "K-index" scale of geomagnetic disturbances,...

August 06, 2011

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Major geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

A major geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a CME on August 5th around 1800 UT. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras after nightfall. Tip: the best hours for aurora sightings are usually around local midnight.Analysts at the

August 05, 2011

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Strong solar activity - M9.3 solar flare took place, expecting CMEs

Sunspot 1261 is at it again, this time producing a strong M9.3 Solar Flare at 03:57 UTC Thursday morning. It also turns out that yet another Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced and you can see it in the still image below captured by STEREO Ahead.Proton Levels are o

August 04, 2011

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A moderate solar flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261

A Moderate Solar Flare reaching M6.0 took place around Sunspot 1261 at 13:47 UTC Wednesday and appears to be long in duration. A brief R2 Radio Blackout resulted. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is associated and can be seen in the image below. It is most likely

August 03, 2011

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Sunspots 1261 and 1263 produce pair of M-Class flares - Expecting geomagnetic storm

An M1.1 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1261 at 03:37 UTC Wednesday morning followed an hour later by a M1.7 flare around Sunspot 1263 at 04:32 UTC. Stay tuned to this website for any further developments.A long duration M1.4 Solar Flare took place around

August 03, 2011

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Solar tsunami and dark fireworks on the Sun

On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only "M" (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill eruption- that is, until

July 12, 2011

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Sunspot 1236 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

The magnetic field of sunspot 1236 harbors energy for M-class solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of such an eruption during the next 24 hrs.

June 16, 2011

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M2.5 solar flare, CME expected on June 9 and 10

On June 7th at 0641 UT, magnetic fields above sunspot complex 1226-1227 became unstable and erupted. The resulting blast produced an M2-class solar flare, an S1-class radiation storm, and an unbelievable movie:Much of the plasma thrown up by the blast simply fell

June 08, 2011