M9.6 solar flare

Thursday, 21 April 2022 07:42 UTC

M9.6 solar flare

Our Sun continues with what she is good at: producing more solar flares! An M9.6 (R2-moderate) solar flare peaked today at 01:59 UTC.

Sunspot region 2993 was the source of the eruption. The good news ends there however. The eruption was very localized and while powerful in the terms of X-ray output it was fairly short in duration. There is still not a lot of coronagraph imagery to work with but it seems very little ejecta left the Sun and only in a very narrow northward range despite the event being associated with both Type II and IV radio sweeps. With the information available right now it does not seem the resulting coronal mass ejection has an earth-directed component.

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