Major X 5.4 Solar Flare!!
Yesterday we had reported X1.1-Class Eruption – M3.3 Solar flare en route to Earth
Today, the second strongest solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 and the Second X-Flare occured from Active Region 11429. This major event measured X 5.4 at 00:24 UTC and triggered a strong R3 Level Radio Blackout. A coronal mass ejection was captured shortly after and is likely to be headed earths way. more information shortly.
The expected CME from March 4 has impacted the earths magnetic field moments ago, causing the Bz component of the IMP to deviated sharply southward to – 18 nT.
A CME propelled toward Earth by yesterday’s X5-class solar flare is expected to reach our planet on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr). Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, who prepared the CME’s forecast track, say the impact could spark a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm.
G2 Class geomagnetic storm is now in progress at 9.00 UTC March 8. Second CME must arrived 12.00 UTC March 8. Solar winds now spiking to 560 km/s
Source and author: SolarWatcher Solar Flare