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+ - Sun produces first cycle 24 X class solar flare

Submitted by radioweather
radioweather writes: The heart of the sun came alive the evening of Valentines day. For the first time since solar cycle 24 began, the sun produced a massive X-class solar flare, the strongest type of flare event. This comes from sunspot group 1158, which produced an M-class solar flare on Sunday.

The EVE X-ray imager on the solar dynamics observatory shows a bright explosion on the sun, so bright it made a lens flare.

The last X-class solar flare was on December 13th, 2006 and was part of solar cycle 23. Look for spectacular auroras in about 2 days as the slower Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) hits earth. This will be a test of how well our newest technology handles stray energy from such solar disruptions.
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Sun produces first cycle 24 X class solar flare

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