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X9.3 earth-directed coronal mass ejection

The wait is over. We finally have a complete set of SOHO/LASCO coronagraph images from today's memorable X9.3 solar flare. If you missed today's space weather events be sure to read this news article before you continue reading here.

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Major X9.33 solar flare

What a day! The strongest solar flare of solar cycle 24 erupted today at 12:02 UTC and of course it was sunspot region 2673 that took center stage. It was a memorable X9.33 solar flare (R3-strong radio blackout) which was highly eruptive as well. We have to go all the way back to 5 May 2015 to find the last time we had an X-class solar flare and it has been 12 years ago since we had a solar flare which was stronger than today's X9.3 event! Not bad considering we are already in the declining phase of solar cycle 24!

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Current data suggest that it is not possible to see aurora now at middle latitudes
The density of the solar wind is moderate (22.02 p/cm3)

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