Major X2 Class Solar Flare and S2 Radiation Storm may brush the Earths Magnetic Field – Jan 27, 2011

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X 2 Class Solar Flare and S2 Radiation Storm

Active Region 11402 located on the northwestern limb, unleashed a major X2 Solar Flare at 18:35 UTC. S2 level Radiation Storm threshold has been exceeded, R3 Level Radio Blackout, 100 MeV proton spike is in progress and a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) was reported.

Sunspot 1402 is rotating onto the far side of the sun, so the blast site was not facing Earth. Nevertheless, energetic protons accelerated by the blast are now surrounding our planet, and a S2-class radiation storm is in progress.

Goddard Space Weather Lab’s analysists say the CME cloud raced away from the sun at 2500 km/s or 5.6 million mph.

Immediately after this flare a Full Halo coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed and components may brush the earths magnetic field Jan 30th.

This is the 7th largest in Solar Cycle 24!

Credits: SolarHam 

X6.9 – August 9 2011 (1263)
X2.2 – February 15 2011 (1158)
X2.1 – September 6 2011 (1283)
X1.9 – November 3 2011 (1339)
X1.9 – September 24 2011 (1302)
X1.8 – September 7 2011 (1283)
X1.7 – January 27 2012 (1402)
X1.5 – March 9 2011 (1166)
X1.4 – September 22 2011 (1302)
M9.3 – August 4 2011 (1261)

Source and author: spaceweather *thewatchers  (youtube) solar flare

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