The solar radiation storm raging above us is intensifying. NOAA has announced that is currently at the S3 (strong) level. It’s advised that passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights are likely to be exposed to increased radiation. Earth orbiting satellites may experience some issues due to the increased radiation.
The storm started on May 22nd when sunspot AR1745 experienced an explosion in its magnetic fiels sparking a flare M5) and throwing out a large CME. The explosion occurred on the Suns western limb and was not squarely facing Earth, the CME is expected to arrive at about noon on May 24th. You can see the video of the explosion here.
Todays sunspot number is 107. Sunspot AR1756 is growing in size very rapidly and this sometimes signifies that large flares could be produced as time moves on. NOAA estimate the chance of an M-Class flare at 50% over the next 24 hours and an X-Class at 20% during the same time period.
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