|An X-Class solar flare is currently in progress around region 2205.|
November 7, 2014 - SPACE - Solar activity is once again at high levels. Active sunspot AR2205 erupted again on November 7th (1726 UT) producing a potent X1-class solar flare and a CME.
The strong X1.6 solar flare event was associated with a Type II radio emission with an estimated velocity of 602 km/s.
ALERT: Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Nov 07 1719 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 602 km/s
Description: Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the sun and typically indicate a coronal mass ejection is associated with a flare event.
ALERT: Type IV Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Nov 07 1735 UTC
Description: Type IV emissions occur in association with major eruptions on the sun and are typically associated with strong coronal mass ejections and solar radiation storms.
UV radiation from the flare ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere, producing a short-lived HF radio blackout on the dayside of our planet.
We do not yet know if the CME is Earth-directed. The CME is likely headed to the north and east.
|An updated coronagraph image courtesy of LASCO C2 confirms the emergence of a coronal mass ejection (CME) following the X1.6 event around region 2205.|
A possible Earth directed component will need to be determined once coronagraph imagery becomes available.
WATCH: Sunspot 2205 unleashes X1.6 Solar Flare.
SunspotsRegion 2205 (Beta-Gamma-Delta) has been very productive since rotating into view off the east limb. Another solar flare, this time a moderately strong M5.4 event, was observed at 03:46 UTC (Nov 6).
The latest event was associated with Type II and Type IV radio emissions, indicating another coronal mass ejection (CME) is possible. An earlier M3.0 event at 19:44 UTC (Nov 5) hurled a CME into space and much like all other eruptive events up until this point, looks to be directed to the east and away from Earth.
Region 2205 will continue to turn into a better Earth facing position over the next week. The only question is, will the sunspot remain productive?
- Solar Ham | Space Weather.