Image credit: Brian Whittaker. Pilot Brian Whittaker took this picture on Oct. 21st while flying 36,000 ft over Resolute, Nunavut, Canada
A massive sunspot, almost the size of Jupiter, is releasing large numbers of flares and NOAA warns that there is no sign of it slowing down.
So far, due to its position on the sun disc, there have been no major effects here on Earth but NOAA warns that that could change over the coming days.
Some HF radio blackouts have occurred, but they have been short-lived.
The active region is now moving into line with Earth and for the next few days blasts produced will put us in the firing line. NOAA estimates the chance of M-class flares at 95% and X-class flares at 55% over the next 24 hours.
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