M1.0 solar flare from sunspot region 2615

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:45 UTC

M1.0 solar flare from sunspot region 2615

We've been a bit inactive the past few days just like our Sun but she woke us up today with an M-class solar flare!

It was only a very impulsive M1.0 solar flare that peaked at 17:23 UTC so nothing too exciting but the last time we've had an M-class solar flare was on 7 August 2016... so yeah, it was about time! Source of this event was newly numbered sunspot region 2615 on the south-eastern quadrant of our star. A coronal mass ejection was not launched.

A quick look at sunspot region 2615 reveals that it actually is a fairly small sunspot group with only a few spots and a rather unimpressive Beta magnetic layout. Despite the small size of this sunspot region, its been remarkably active today with a few C-class flare and this M1 event. More M-class solar flares seem unlikely but let's hope we're wrong!

Any mentioned solar flare in this article has a scaling factor applied by the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), the reported solar flares are 42% smaller than for the science quality data. The scaling factor has been removed from our archived solar flare data to reflect the true physical units.

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