M3.2 Class flare seen by several NASA satellites
See article about new flare on 1/24/12 here
Update 1/21/12 – The CME has passed and NOAA has removed the warning for a CME Event.
The CME is Earth directed with impact predicted for Jan. 21, 2012. Increasing sun activity let loose a long duration M3.2 class flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) between 15:15 and 16:30 UT (or 10:15 eastern) 1/19/12.
This video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows a close-up of sunspot 1401 region as the flare erupts. The CME cloud lifting off is visible just past midway in the video. Across the top is a graph of corresponding X-ray measurements taken by the GOES 15 satellite.
The Goddard Space Weather Lab confirms the CME is heading for Earth, they say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives this weekend. Their forecast track predicts an impact on Jan. 21st at 22:30 UT or 5:30pm Eastern (+/- 7 hrs)
Video from the SOHO spacecraft of CME
The CME will reach Mars on Jan. 24th. NASA’s Curiosity rover, en route to Mars now, is actually performing science data collection right now on it’s trip (Read about it here) and might be able to detect a change in the energetic particle environment when the CME passes by.