May 11, 2012

Staring down the barrel

I will feel a little bit more comfortable in a few days.
From SpaceWeather:

NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of M-class solar flares and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. Any eruptions are likely to be geoeffective because the source, sunspot AR1476, is directly facing our planet.

Just like a venomous snake — gorgeous but deadly. I had written about AR1476 a few days ago here. It is now staring at us point blank — I love auroras but another Carrington would really cramp my style…

Here is a realtime chart of the last three days from the GOES satellite:

3-day GOES X-ray Plot

As famed Seattle Restaurateur Ivar Haglund would say: Keep Clam
More on Ivar here

Posted by DaveH at May 11, 2012 07:36 PM
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