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)
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)
A massive solar eruption commonly referred to as a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) was spotted earlier this morning (4/3/2011) and has been verified late this evening by NASA solar observatories. The massive sun eruption was not directly facing Earth at the time but the eruption does have a chance of hitting the Earth and causing a glancing blow to our magnetic field.
It is expected to reach us on April 6th.
See the link below to see the eruption: