Space Weather Alert – X-ray Event exceeded M5 2-4-14

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Large Sunspot 1967 can be seen right center, facing Earth. This was the source of the event today.

The solar activity is picking up and NOAA predicts a 25% chance of a geomagnetic storm caused by a passing CME. There is also a 80% chance of M-flares and a 50% chance of X-flares on Feb. 4th. See the most recent alert below.

Issue Time: 2014 Feb 04 0414 UTC

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded M5
Begin Time: 2014 Feb 04 0357 UTC
Maximum Time: 2014 Feb 04 0400 UTC
End Time: 2014 Feb 04 0406 UTC
X-ray Class: M5.2
Optical Class: 1b
Location: S14W06
NOAA Scale: R2 – Moderate

Comment: Source Region was Sunspot 1967.

Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered primarily on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth.
Radio – Limited blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for tens of minutes.

NOAA Space Weather Scales (meaning of R1,
S1, Etc.) can be found at http://www.knowledgeorb.com/current-space-weather/noaa-space-weather-scales/
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