Largest Sun Spot of Cycle 24 on the Horizon (Updated)

Russ Steele

The magnetic field of this enormous sunspot is tangled, and harbors energy for strong solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate an 80% chance of M-flares and a 25% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.

We are prepared for any X-class flares, with handy metal containers to put our portable electronics (cellphones, tablets, kindles)  in should a major X-flare erupt. Are you prepared?

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Largest Sun Spot of Cycle 24 on the Horizon (Updated)

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I live in a 12’x60′ single wide trailer. So I’m at least honorary trailer trash. It’s sheathed with aluminum, I wonder if that will help. Cycle 24 is very low energy so far, so this may not be another like the 1860 something that set fire to telegraph paper tape.

  2. POISED TO EXPLODE? Big sunspot AR1520 has been relatively quiet for the past 24 hours, but this could be the calm before the storm. The sunspot has a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares.

  3. X-FLARE! Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because the sunspot was directly facing Earth at the time of the blast, this is a geoeffective event. Stay tuned for updates about possible CMEs and radio blackouts.

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