Monday, May 13, 2013

Bright X2.8 Solar Flare with R3 Blackouts at 1600 UTC

While X.2.8 is not a huge solar flare, it's a pretty respectable one, and one of the largest in the low Cycle 24.  This event occurred just over the sun's east limb and sunlit side HF radio propagation is only now starting to recover at 1642 UTC.

This comes after a flare in the X1 range last night (North American time).

Due to location on the sun, any CME should miss the Earth, or any other planet.