Major X2.8 solar flare

Thursday, 14 December 2023 17:34 UTC

Major X2.8 solar flare

A major X2.87 (R3-strong) solar flare just peaked at 17:02 UTC. Sunspot region 3514 is the source of the eruption.

This sunspot region is starting to rotate away towards the west limb and flew under the radar a bit but it has rapidly developed into a complex Beta-Gamma-Delta magnetic layout which as we see right now harbors energy for spectacular X-class solar flares. As a matter of fact this is the strong solar flare of the current Solar Cycle thus far! The last time we had a stronger solar flare was back in 2017!

Type II and IV radio sweeps have been reported which indicates the solar flare likely produced a coronal mass ejection but it is still too early to tell how large the coronal mass ejection is and if it has an earth-directed component. Keep your eyes on this website, our app and our socials as we will keep you up to date whenever there is more news!

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