Solar activity is rapidly picking up again, the huge sunspot, 1429, continues to pose a threat for the Earth, as it unleashed today, a massive coronal mass ejection on the eastern limb of the Sun.
ANOTHER CME FROM SUNSPOT AR1429: Transiting the farside of the sun, never-say-die sunspot AR1429 erupted during the late hours of March 26th, producing its 11th major CME. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) photographed the cloud flying over the sun's eastern limb. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit two spacecraft, STEREO-B and Spitzer, on March 28th. Earth is not in the line of fire. This event shows that AR1429, the source of several strong geomagnetic storms in early March, is still active. It will begin turning back toward our planet about a week from now. Stay tuned.
GEOMAGNETIC OUTLOOK: NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% to 45% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles on March 28-29 in response to an incoming solar wind stream. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: text, phone. - Space Weather.
1429 PRODUCES STRONG SOLAR FLARE: Old faithful Sunspot 1429 produced a strong solar flare off the eastern limb of the Sun. The time of the flare was around 22:45 UTC Monday evening. This region is about 2 days away from returning onto the visible solar disk off the eastern limb. The image [above] shows the bright flash captured by STEREO Behind and a large, fast moving Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Stay tuned as we may be in for more activity in the weeks ahead. - Solar Ham.WATCH: Sunspot 1429 unleash massive CME.