A second X-class flare has come from the small sunspot AR1882. It was recorded at 15.07 UT, just 8 hours after the X-1 was reported.
The electromagnetic radiation from the flare had a significant effect on the upper atmosphere as a wave of ionization spread across the day lit side of the planet blacking out shortwave radio signals and replacing them with static. This is often the sign that a CME (coronal mass ejection) is exiting the blast site and moving off through space.
AR1882 is one of three sunspots causing concern right now as they all have the potential to produce strong flares along with AR1875 and AR1877.
NOAA estimates a 70% chance of M-class and a 35% chance of X-class flares occurring over the next 48 hours.
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