At 11 times the size of the Earth, the gigantic sunspot AR1785 is now in the center of the Sun disc and directly facing Earth.
It sits a little below the Sun’s equator and although it has an energy field that makes it able to throw off both M and X-Class flares it is reasonably quiet at the moment…which is very good news given its position.
NOAA estimates the chances of an M-Class flare over the next 24 hours to be 55% and of an X-Class at 10% though they are keeping a very close eye on things and the figures will be revised if need be.
Todays sunspot number is 112 and there are currently no coronal holes visible on the Earth side of the sun.
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