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Large Solar Eruptions Continuing On The Sun

Activity on the sun has been continuing in the past few days since a large coronal mass ejection, or CME, erupted from the Sun on November 23, 2012, at 8:54 a.m. EST. Further solar eruptions are a possibility in the near term. The image above was taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), capturing

X-Class Solar Flare Released A CME Headed Towards Earth (VIDEO)

The strongest solar flare of the summer, an X1.4-class flare, just erupted on July 12th. It was the second X-class solar flare in just one week. It peaked at 12:52 p.m. EDT (1652 GMT) on the 12th. The massive X-class flare included a powerful coronal mass ejection. The CME, a mass of charged solar plasma

Strongest Solar Flare Of The Summer Just Occured

  The strongest solar flare of the summer, so far, erupted from the sun on Friday, July 6. It’s the latest in a run of powerful solar storms this week. The solar storm happened just after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) and was observed to be a class X1.1 solar flare. X-class flares are the strongest

Powerful Solar Flare Producing Sunspot Facing The Earth

  An active sunspot-filled region on the sun, AR 1504, rotated into our view on June 10, 2012. So far, the sunspot region fired off two M-class flares, and two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on June 13th and 14th. The final flare lasted a long time for a CME, nearly 3 hours. It peaked around

Sun Erupts With Two Massive X-Class Solar Flares (VIDEOS)

[UPDATE: March 10, 2012; see below] Late yesterday morning, two massive X-class solare flares erupted form our sun’s surface. These are amongst the most powerful class of ‘solar storm’. One of these flares ranked an X 5.4 which makes it the most powerful flare so far this year, and one of the most powerful in

The Truth about 2012, from NASA

  There’s a bit of hysteria about the whole end-of-the world in December 2012 thing. I’ve got some comments on it–researched it a bit several years ago–but will leave that for another day. For today, here’s a response from NASA on the concern that there will be earth-destroying solar flares or solar storms (to put

Giant Sun Spot Turns Toward Earth – More Large Flares Possible (VIDEO)

Active Region (AR) 1302 is slowly coming into position where it directly faces the Earth. The region contains a “behemoth” sunspot — several times larger than the Earth — named sunspot 1302.

The sunspot has already been the source of two ‘X-class’ solar flares (‘X’ signifying the most extreme known); the first, measuring an X1.4, on September 22, and the second, an X1.9, coming just three days later on Sept. 24. Are more X-class flares on the way, and on their way towards Earth?

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