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M4.2 solar flare with earth-directed CME

We have had some stormy space weather these first few days of May! Perhaps not stormy in the sense of geomagnetic storms as we only had a maximum Kp value of 6 on the 6th of May and we hit Kp5 today, yesterday and on the 8th of May. But fair enough, not too bad perhaps reflecting on it but we want to focus on the Sun right now as that is where the real action is taking place. She has been popping of with many M-class solar flares, most of which we can thank sunspot region 3296 for.

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