Active sunspot fires solar flares, CME toward Earth

Active sunspot fires solar flares, CME toward Earth

Summary: Four powerful solar flares and CMEs have erupted from a sunspot over the past few days, and one could affect us on late Friday.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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    X-class solar flares

    Here are the first three X-class solar flares that were launched in under 24 hours on May 12-13.

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    May 13 flare

    This image of the May 13 flare, shown in the upper left corner, was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in light of 131 angstroms,

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    The sun today

    Here's a look at the sun today, and the latest solar forecast from the Space Weather Prediction Center:

    "Region 1748 was unproductive in the past 24 hours, but the S1 (Minor) Solar Radiation storm persists. Forecasters have re-analyzed yesterday's CME and now predict it to glance by the Earth's magnetic field late on May 17. No change in the magnitude, however, still predicted to be less than storm levels. Things can change quickly, so check here for updates."

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • I have seen some strange

    things that resulted from such solar flares. I have had a series of data corruptions in weather station data loggers from solar flares. All data corruptions were at the same time across a network of 23 crop weather stations along the Texas Gulf Coastal Plains.

    A good friend of mine was the GM of an FM Radio Station in Corpus Christi in 1991 when extreme solar flare activity was peaking. The station advertised an 800 phone number for listeners outside the local market to call into. During the peak solar flare period of several days the radio station began getting calls fro Atlanta Georgia cab drivers. The Atlanta Yellow Cab drivers all started tuning into the station and calling the 800 line to comment on how much they liked the format of the radio station. They got so many calls from Atlanta cab drivers that they started running promo commercials with the compliments from the cabies in Atlanta. Talk about Rockin the Gulf Coast!