Yep indeedy... nother X-8 this time WHOOSSSH!!!
____________________________________________________Wind has died down to some degree but still blowin like the dickens!! I'de say between 25-35 mile an hour today......here in Northern Arizona.Keep those foil hats at the ready!
Sunspot count: 277
What's Up in Space -- 2 Nov 2003
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X-FLARE: Another remarkable solar flare has erupted from giant sunspot 486--an X8-class blast at 1725 UT on Nov. 2nd. Because the sunspot is nearing the sun's western limb, this explosion was not aimed squarely at Earth. Even so, a coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading our way. Auroras could appear on Nov. 3rd or 4th when the electrified cloud delivers a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field.
Above: Using a safely-filtered telescope, Ginger Mayfield of Divide, CO, captured this view of today's flare shortly after its peak. "What a fantastic week for the Sun!" she says.
As a result of the flare, solar protons are streaming past Earth. The ongoing radiation storm is a strong S3-class event. Passengers and crew in commercial jets at high latitudes may receive low-level radiation exposure--approximately equal to one chest x-ray. [more]Would you like a phone call when auroras appear over your home town? Sign up for Spaceweather PHONE.
AURORAS: Last week was a wonderful one for sky watchers. Two fast-moving clouds of gas from the sun (CMEs) swept past Earth--one on Oct. 29th and one on Oct. 30th--and sparked extreme geomagnetic storms. Auroras appeared in places where they are rarely seen: Texas, California, Florida and elsewhere. Visit our growing storm gallery to view a selection of photos from around the world.
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