Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Biggest of 2014 - Earth isn't totally out of the woods yet - next week

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 22:42.

Earth isn't totally out of the woods yet, however. This region of the sun is set to rotate more fully into view of Earth over the next week, according to officials with the NOAA-led Space Weather Prediction Center.

"Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the CME suggest an expansion velocity near 2,000 km/s or 4.4 million mph," Phillips wrote. "If such a fast-moving cloud did strike Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storms could be severe.

""Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare," astronomer Tony Phillips wrote in a alert. "This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle."

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