The second strongest solar flare of Cycle 24 in terms of X-Ray Flux, just peaked around Active Sunspot 1429. This major event measured X5.4 at 00:24 UTC and triggered a strong R3 Level Radio Blackout. This was followed shortly thereafter by an X1.3 event at 01:14 UTC. A coronal mass ejection will likely result and due to the sunspots more geoeffective position, there will be a chance for some sort of impact. Stay Tuned to SolarHam.com for images, video and more details should a CME be produced. Remember, You can also follow the latest updates on Facebook and by clicking "LIKE".
MAJOR SOLAR FLARE - SpaceWeather.com: Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare. This one is the strongest yet, an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme UV flash:
This eruption hurled a bright CME into space, shown here in a movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Although the CME is not squarely Earth-directed, it appears direct enough to deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field on March 8-9. This would add to the magnetic unrest already underway at high latitudes.
The flare also accelerated energetic protons toward Earth, triggering an S3-class solar radiation storm, in progress. Such a storm is mainly a nuisance to satellites, causing occasional reboots of onboard computers and adding noise to imaging systems
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The Sun Unleashes X5 Flare
At 7:28 p.m. EST last night, an epic X5.4 solar flare ejected from sunspot 1429. This is the second strongest solar flare from solar cycle 24.
It is kind of early in the game, but it looks like a CME may have been released. If it is Earth directed, it may be bad news for us.
In a previous AccuWeather Astronomy blog, which can be accessed by clicking here, we talk about how bad a major CME can be here
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