A powerful X2-Class flare measuring 1.8 was unleashed from sunspot 1402 last night as it was rotating away from us. The protons unleashed by the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) are bombarding Earth right now but fortunately, the sunspot was rotating away from us at the time of the explosion so it will just miss us. Nonetheless, the Earth will see some of the affects caused from this with radio interference and GPS issues. Had this sunspot directly faced us at the point of explosion, it could have caused more substantial effects. we may continue to see more light shows similar to the ones enjoyed in the Northern latitudes this past week. Most of the effects will reach Earth January 30th/31st.
- The Sun’s still blasting out flares… BIG ones (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Friday’s Solar Flare Twice As Energetic As Monday’s; Earth Safe (science.slashdot.org)
- CosmicLog: Sunspot unleashes a parting shot (cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com)