Twenty Three X-class Solar Flares Since 10/15/13

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The sun has issued 23 X-class solar flares and numerous M and C class flares since October 15, 2013

This high activity began on October 24th, 2013 at 00:30 UT, with region AR 11877 erupting an M9-class flare. At this time the Earth’s magnetosphere was about to receive an impact from three other CMEs that were observed leaving the Sun between Oct. 20th and 22nd. Forecasting models suggested that the three clouds merged en route to Earth, and their combined impact could trigger a strong polar geomagnetic storm on Oct. 24-25, 2013. That was the beginning of a series of very strong solar flares as described and shown on the videos below.

Next, on October 25th, 2013, two major X-Class solar flares erupted on the sun and peaked to a set of twin flares, an X1.7 and X2.3. These particular twin flares were issued from sunspot 1882 at 08:01 UTC, and at 15:03 UTC, an event that was accompanied by a 10 cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) lasting 24 minutes. Two large Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) were detected by LASCO imagery and were earth directed. (Since this date, there were other double and triple X-class flares.)

The following 2-3 days experienced strong geomagnetic disturbances and sporadic power failure in world in regions where the magnetic field lines were lower at the time or more heavily charged with radiation particles.

Then, on October 28th, 2013 another major X1.0 Solar flare was recorded at sunspot 11875 at 02:03 UTC with a strong CME directly aimed at the earth. It didn’t end there. On October 29th, 2013, another X-Flare erupted from sunspot 11875 at 21:54 UTC. The eruption peaked to X2.3 and produced a R2 level radio blackout and a type IV radio shock. A very large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) followed the blast but the active region was rotating off the solar disk and not all of its effect were earth directed. The concern is that a series of solar storms of this magnitude could overwhelm the earth’s magnetosphere and overcharge the magnetic field and its entire collapse.

Overcharged magnetic field lines can break apart and cause tremendous damage to the earth’s ionosphere and all our communication systems and satellites associated with electronics and computerized communications in general. However; the real concern is that the magnetic field has already been receiving a series of solar storm bombardment few months without time for the magnetic field to recuperate from the effects of strong space weather influence or to discharge before another storm is in effect, which seems to be the present case.

Here below are videos of M-class and X-class solar flares (including the ones discussed). M-class and X-class are the strongest solar flares issued so far by our star during this Solar Maxima phase. There is, of course, another class of solar flares, called Carrington and Super Solar Flares, which are discussed on the book, Sounds of the Sun.

But before you scroll down to watch the videos you might like to know that:

Very strong M-class as well as C-class flares have also been ongoing during this Solar Maxima phase. And these also, contribute to the increase of harmful solar rays or radiation that affects our planet’s physical environment and atmospheric system and near-earth space in diver adverse ways. A relentless, ongoing, bombardment or solar radiation at the Earth’s magnetosphere overcharges the magnetic field. And this has been contributing to the weakening of the magnetic field in escalating proportion, weakening it. (For more on the affects on a weak magnetic field, read Sound of the Sun.)

Solar Flare Statistics – Obviously there is not enough space here to list details on all X-class and M-class solar flares since October 2013; therefore, from now on I will only post the videos here below for you to watch. Details are on the book, Sounds of the Sun.

The videos posted below are public domain, and courtesy of NASA, NASA’s fleet of solar exploration satellites, the Goddard Flight Space Center, Solar Watcher, The Watchers, TESIS, and the NOAA. The Watchers, the Solar Watchers, and TESIS websites. These sites monitor and publish solar weather activity. I recommend you visit them to learn more about Heliophysics science and the sun.

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M9.3 Flare – October 24, 2013

CREDIT: Solarwatcher.net

Twin Flares (X1.7 and X2.3) – October 25, 2013

CREDIT:Solarwatcher.net

X1.0 Flare – October 28th, 2013

CREDIT: Solarwatcher.net

X2.3 Flares – October 29th, 2013

CREDIT:Solarwatcher.net

X3.3 Flare – 3 M-class flares and dozens of C-clares – Nov. 5, 2013

CREDIT: Solarwatcher.net

X1.1 Flare – November 8, 2013

CREDIT:  Solarwatcher.net and The Watchers

X1.1 Flare – November 10, 2013

CREDIT: Solarwatcher.net and The Watchers

M3.5 Flare – December 19, 2013

CREDIT: Solar Watcher.net and The Watchers

M6.4-class flare – December 31, 2013

CREDIT: Helioviewer. org and The Watchers

M9.9-class solar flare – January 1, 2014

CREDIT:The Watchers

M7.2 Solar Flare – January 7, 2014

CREDIT: Solar Watcher.net

X1.7 Solar Flare – January 7, 2014

CREDIT: Solar Watcher.net

X4.9 Solar Flare – February 25, 2014

CREDIT: Solar Watcher.net

X1.2 Solar Flare – January 7, 2014

CREDIT: SolarWatcher.net

X1.0 Solar Flare – March 29, 2014

CREDIT: Image NASA/SDO – Courtesy of Solar Watcher.net

M6.5 Solar Flare – April 2, 2014

CREDIT: NASA/SDO – Courtesy of Solar Watcher.net

X1.3 Solar Flare – April 25, 2014

CREDIT: NASA’s GOES – Courtesy of Solar Watchers.net

Double X-class Flares (X2.2 and X1.5) – June 10, 2014

CREDIT: NASA/GOES 15 – Courtesy of Solar Watcher.net

X1.0 Solar Flare – June 11, 2014

CREDIT: NASA/GOES 15 – Courtesy of Solar Watcher.net

X1.6 Solar Flare – September 10, 2014

CREDIT: NASA/SOHO, NOAA/GOES, Helioviewer, Solar Watcher.net 

X1.1 Solar Flare – October 19, 2014

CREDIT: NASA-SDO, AIA – Courtesy of Solar Watcher

X1.6 Solar Flare – October 22, 2014

CREDIT: NASA – SDO – AIA – Helioviewer, Solar Watcher, NOAA-SWPC, Sun Today

X3.1 – Solar Flare – October 24, 2014

CREDIT: NASA, GOES, NOAA-SWPC – Courtesy of The Watchers

X1.0 – Solar Flare – October 25, 2014

CREDIT: NASA’s GOES, Solar Watcher

X2.0 – Solar Flare – October 26, 2014
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CREDIT: TESIS

X2.0 – Solar Flare – October 27, 2014

CREDIT: NASA’s GOES, TESIS, Solar Watcher

X1.6 – Solar Flare – November 7, 2014

CREDIT: SolarWatcher.net

X1.8 Solar Flare- December 20th, 2014

CREDIT: SolarWatcher.net

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