Space Weather Alert Possible Major Solar Eruption/CME 4/16/14

Space Weather AlertA new alert was issued by NOAA. There are several sunspots that are directly facing Earth right now. An eruption from one of these could have the possibility to cause disturbances here on Earth.

Sunspots 4/16/14

Sunspots 4/16/14

Here you can see sunspots 2034, 2036 and 2037 are almost directly facing Earth. Were in the direct line of site should these be the source of the event. Multiple alerts issued,

Second Alert:Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Apr 16 1958 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 1071 km/s

Description: Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the sun and typically indicate a coronal mass ejection is associated with a flare event.

Original Alert Issue Time: 2014 Apr 16 1645 UTC

ALERT: Type IV Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Apr 16 1459 UTC

Description: Type IV emissions occur in association with major eruptions on the sun and are typically associated with strong coronal mass ejections and solar radiation storms.

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