Friday, November 07, 2014

X1.6 Flare 17 Nov at 1726

No, it wasn't your radio.  New active region 2205 produced a major solar flare this morning (US time), peaking X1.6 at 1726 UTC. This caused a brief R2-level radio blackout, and a CME of unknown geo-effectivness.

2205 and another new region still rotating into view promise more of this sort of activity in the week or so ahead.  As they track across the sun, things may get interesting regarding CMEs and magnetic disturbances.