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X-flare directed at Earth

September 11, 2014

What’s up in space

X-FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected a powerful X1.6-class solar flare (Sept. 10 @ 17:46 UT). The source was active sunspot AR2158, which is directly facing Earth. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

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Ionizing radiation from the flare could cause HF radio blackouts and other communications disturbances, especially on the day-lit side of Earth. In the next few hours, when coronagraph data from SOHO and STEREO become available, we will see if a CME emerges from the blast site. If so, the cloud would likely be aimed directly at Earth and could reach our planet in 2 to 3 days.

Looks like a Heart to me…

(Thanks @Dr. John!)

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4 comments

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/09/10/solar-flare-space-weather/15415827/


  2. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/a-perfect-storm-of-planetary-proportions


  3. http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/alerts/archive/current_month.html



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