Todays sunspot number is 117
Less than 24 hours ago sunspot AR1678 did not exist, now it’s three times larger than planet Earth. It’s highly likely given the speed of it’s growth that the magnetic field within it is unstable. Unstable magnetic fields often give rise to significant flares.
In light of this NASA estimates the chance of an M class flare within the next 24 hours at 55% and that of an X class as 15% in the same time frame.
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