Sun Blasts Out a Solar Flare & Coronal Mass Ejection - A New Active Region is Turning Into View
An active region approaching the northeast limb just produced a solar flare that may be associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME). The event registered as a long duration B-Flare, but may have been somewhat stronger due to the fact it is not yet in direct satellite view.
Images from SOHO/LASCO C2 reveal a wave spreading across the farside of the sun, which is sometimes indicative of a CME. Because the region is on the farside of the sun, it should be directed completely away from our planet. The sunspot belonging to Cycle 25 will begin to turn into view this weekend.
M1.1 Class Solar Flare & Radio Blackout - Something Flare-y This Way Comes
The first M-Flare of the new Cycle was detected this morning. An impulsive M1.1 solar flare was observed off the northeast limb at 07:24 UTC this morning. We will get a better look at the likely sunspot during the next 24 hours as it begins to turn into view. This flare caused a radio blackout, labeled as an R1 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations scale. LOCATION OF HF FADEOUT: India.
But there is more....
Another solar flare near M-Class, this time a C9.3 was detected at 10:46 UTC (May 29).
For the past two days, Earth orbiting satellites have detected a series of solar flares. The source is hiding just behind the sun's northeastern limb.
The flares are probably coming from a sunspot. We can't see the hidden sunspot, but we can see its magnetic canopy towering over the edge of the sun. In 24 to 48 hours, the underlying blast site will rotate into view. Whatever it is, its high latitude suggests it comes from new Solar Cycle 25.
M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow
an M-class flare. At the nadir of the solar cycle, many months can go by with no flares at all. Suddenly, an M-Class solar flare is interesting.
More could be in the offing, so stay tuned!
Cracks in Earth's Shield
Earth is entering a slow (350 km/s) but dense (20 protons/cm3) stream of solar wind. The stream contains south-pointing magnetic fields that are opening cracks in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind flowing through the gaps could spark polar auroras on May 30th.
Solar Minimum Interrupted
Yesterday, in the pits of the deepest Solar Minimum of the Space Age, the sun unleashed a flurry of solar flares. One of them, an M1-class explosion, was the strongest flare in nearly 3 years. The source of the activity is now turning toward Earth as it rotates into view over the sun's northeastern limb.
The question now: What is it? Early views of the emerging active region suggest that it is a relatively small sunspot surrounded by a vast field of magnetic froth (plage). The magnetic polarity of the region marks it as a member of new Solar Cycle 25.
The sunspot might already be decaying. If so, the flares will subside just as the region turns toward Earth, and the quiet of Solar Minimum will resume. It is too soon to say for sure, however. Stay tuned for updates as the region emerges more fully in the hours ahead.
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