Tuesday 14 May 2024

MORE SIGNS AND WONDERS! Behemoth, Sunspot AR 3664, 15 times bigger than Earth and a quarter of a million km long fires off 3 more X-Class Flares: Another enormous X8.7 event causing a R3-level radio blackout over North America—Largest solar flare of the current solar cycle 25 and the strongest since September 2017.

 
Signs And Wonders—Yesterday we all assumed that the storm from Solar Behemoth, Sunspot AR 3664, 15 times bigger than Earth and nearly a quarter of a million km long was really over for now: But the monster had three more parting shots today as it turned away from Earth. firing off 3 more X-Class Flares. The last one this afternoon was an enormous X8.7 event that peaked at 16:51 UTC causing a strong R3-level radio blackout directly over North America. The flare was the largest solar flare of the current solar cycle 25 and the largest since September 2017. The flare was probably much bigger than the X8.7 recorded because the sunspot area is partially eclipsed around the Sun's Eastern limb.

What a week!

Earlier in the day, AR 3664 produced an X1.7 and an X1.2 bringing the total X-Class Flare count to 26 this year, just 15 short of this year's total of 41 major quakes (mag 6 or higher) which is indeed unprecedented. (As far as I know!)

Solar Behemoth, Sunspot AR 3664 has recorded "11" X-Class Flares this week.