Monday 3 April 2017

Our Star wakes up and delivers six M-class solar flares in the first three days of April: Still almost 2 years since she fired off an X-class flare

A M5.7-class flares and M5.3-class flare and M4.4-class flare have shown our Sun is alive and kicking.
After the quietest period for seven years she bounces back with six M- class flares since Friday.
We have to go all the way back to 23rd of July 2016 to the last time we had a higher reading than the M5.7-class flare when the Sun registered a M7.6-class flare.
We have to go all the way back to the 5th of May 2015 to the last time the sun unleashed an X-class flare
The latest blast is shown here in a picture from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of M-class solar flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on April 3rd as sunspot AR2644 continues to crackle with magnetic explosions