Sunday, February 17, 2013

Finally some solar activity! M 1.9 Solar flare around Region 1675

  After a long while a M 1.9 solar flare took place. Maxed out at 15:50 UTC.


Two new regions numbered and filament lift off

We have two new regions. The first is region 1675, which is a BXO Beta type group at 10 millionths in size. On my thoughts, this region is a larger type group and also in size larger than reported. There may even be a Beta-Gamma developing in the central portion of the group. This region emerged onto the solar disc. The second is region 1676, which is a single spot HAX Alpha type group at 30 millionths in size. This region rotated over the south-east limb. We also have  a couple of other sunspot region which are visible but are not numbered yet.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteor hits central russia it wasnt 2012 DA14! It's still up there

Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. A pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. There are reports of many people injured (by shattered glass blown out by the shock wave).

Here's a video collection of the Ural Meteorit:

A vast collection of internet videos showing "Tuguska Light" (is there an 'official' term by now?) and its aftermath (Photo of the meteorite from the space and the 6-meter wide crater at Lake Chebarkul included) :

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First M Flare of 2013!

After what seamed like an eternity of no moderate solar flares, the Sun came back to life today with the first M flare of 2013!
A M1.7 Solar Flare occurred early this morning peaking at 09:31 UTC from a unnamed region that lays just over the Eastern (left) limb of the sun.
This  region will be rotating into a Earth facing position over the next few days.

NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of M-class eruptions and a 5% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. - SpaceWeather

The last M+ Solar Flare we had was on Nov 28, 2012
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