Second X-class flare erupts on the Sun in less than a month

March 10, 2011 – X-FLARE: March 9th ended with a powerful solar flare. Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X1.5-class explosion from behemoth sunspot 1166 around 2323 UT. A first look at coronagraph images from NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft suggests that the explosion did propel a coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth. This conclusion is preliminary, however, so check back later for updates says Space Weather. After four years without any X-flares, the sun has produced two of the powerful blasts in less than one month: Feb. 15th and March 9th. This continues the recent trend of increasing solar activity, and shows that Solar Cycle 24 is heating up. NOAA forecasters estimate a 5% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours. -Space Weather

  

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8 Responses to Second X-class flare erupts on the Sun in less than a month

  1. ashish says:

    is this earth directed ?

  2. jamie s. says:

    I think its funny how Noaa can say they anticipate a 5% chance of more when you have 2 in less then one month. Does anyone have any tangible info on what to expect if the magnetosphere decides to drop a bit and we get blasted with a big boy such as this one or a more powerful one. All the info I have ever seen is the end of the end type.

  3. rastahappy says:

    Hi there
    This site is very important and brings crucial information, while in my country there is only main stream propaganda. Can I make a Polish version of it also on wordpress?

  4. Lorraine Ridge says:

    Why doesn’t this kind of information reported on the news? I have a coworker who I give updates on flares and such to the point that he is teasing me about it. I wish that I could impress on him that THIS IS NO JOKING MATTER !

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