The sun has fired another blast directly at Earth. A class M8.4 solar X-ray flare just was just sent hurling in our direction at 12:44 PM (EST) today from sunspot (AR1429) again . This is a major flare that is just a couple of points short of an X-Class flare and it is directly facing Earth so we will feel it with full force. Our magnetosphere is already stressed from the recent barrage and this can’t make things any better. The chance of a strong geomagnetic storm is probable. This post will be updated as more details are determined. Sometime during the morning of March 12, a strong (K7 or higher) geomagnetic storm will arrive in the form of a magnetic cloud resulting from the full halo CME generated on March 9.
The sun has hurled a 2nd X Class flare at Earth. The flare was measured at X1.3 and was not directly aimed at Earth. This is the 2nd X-Class flare from sunspot AR1429 in less than 24 hrs. It is expected to reach the sometime in the next 24-48 hours and will create geomagnetic disturbances that may significantly disrupt radio and GPS systems.
- Sun blasts out an X-treme flare (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
NASA’s Impact Risk Report confirms that newly discovered asteroid 2012 DA14 will be the closest asteroid to ever pass by Earth since it has been measuring these objects. Flying below even the orbit of the Google geo satellite, the asteroid is scheduled to arrive February 15th, 2013. Current calculations indicate that it will miss our planet but not by much. More to come…..
- Asteroid Will Make Close Pass To Earth (science.slashdot.org)
- Fears of deadly asteroid hitting Earth next year are likely overrated (news.yahoo.com)
- Mid-Size Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth in 2013, NASA Says (livescience.com)
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)
Arriving Nov 8th. May be visible without a telescope as it comes within 200,000 miles of Earth. NASA says this will not hit the planet.