(Active Region 3007 is Facing Earth - Strong Solar Explosions are in the Offing)
So far this week, the sun has flared more than 20 times and hurled nearly as many CMEs into space. Not one of the storm clouds is heading for Earth. Over the past 48 hours coronagraph movies from SOHO shows major CMEs flying to the left and to the right of our planet.
The sources of most CMEs are farside sunspots--one located just behind the sun's eastern limb (left) and another just behind the sun's western limb (right). They couldn't land a blow.
The next CME might be on target, though. Sunspot AR3007 has a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions--and it is almost directly facing Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on May 12th.
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