Thursday, January 9, 2014

Solar Observation: 9 January 2014

Here are some images taken for the Solar Observation Program (SOP) in RTU. With me were Raven Pelobello and Babie Rose Quiniquis, two of the freshmen members of the SOP.

Of particular highlight right now is the huge sunspot group AR 1944 (above image) which over the past few days has released several flares including an X-class flare. The size and structure of the sunspot group puts it at an Fkc classification which corresponds to a high solar flare probability. NOAA forecasters estimate an 80% chance of M-class flares and a 50% chance of X-ray flares over a period of 24 hours.

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