Archive for February 14, 2011

SOLAR FLARE: Sunspot 1158 has just unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year, an M6.6-category blast @ 1738 UT on Feb. 13th. The eruption appears to have launched a coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth. It also produced a loud blast of radio emissions heard in shortwave receivers around the dayside of our planet.

BEHEMOTH SUNSPOT 1158: Sunspot 1158 is growing rapidly (48 hour movie) and crackling with C-class solar flares. The active region is now more than 100,000 km wide with at least a dozen Earth-sized dark cores scattered beneath its unstable magnetic canopy. Earth-directed eruptions are likely in the hours ahead. Stay tuned for updates!

Video: ‘Skywatcher88’

Does this mean disruptions to some electrical systems?  Space Weather claims the cloud will likely hit Earth’s magnetic field on or about Feb. 15th.

magnetosphere image shows an impact / event occuring

HERE for real time solar waves hitting the earth. 

JP