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Region 11339 has rotated fully into view revealing what is easily the largest area of any region during cycle 24.
This FKC region spans about 17 degrees longitudinally with nearly continuous penumbral coverage (more than 2000 mills).
There is a significant magnetic delta structure in the central southern part of the region and apparently a few smaller deltas elsewhere in the region. This region has the potential to release very large flares (class X10+).
Originally posted by crazydaisy
I would expect more large flares soon,
after all there is a potential for an X10+.
The sun shot off a flare Thursday afternoon from a region that scientists are calling a "benevolent monster." Scientists at the federal Space Weather Prediction Center say that region is the most active part of the sun since 2005. It has dozens of sunspots, including one that is the size of 17 Earths. Thursday's flare wasn't aimed at Earth. However, this active region is now slowly turning toward Earth. Scientists say that region will be directly facing Earth in about five days.