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Originally posted by PureET
reply to post by westcoast
I believe it is indeed a LDE event,
But one I have not seen before,
We are going to have to wait until someone explains us why it is taking so long to finish.... And why it's stabilizing..
Solar flares are considered as release of magnetic energy which has been stored in the corona. They have been classified into two types, using soft X-ray duration and other characteristics. One type is ``impulsive flares'', whose characteristics are a short duration, simple compact loop structure in soft X-rays, and an impulsive time variation in hard X-rays. The other is ``long duration events (LDEs)'', which show large-size or complex structure in soft X-rays and a gradual time variation in hard X-rays. LDEs have relatively stronger thermal characteristics than impulsive flares.
Originally posted by Phage
We are in the "path" of the flare. That's why it was detected by the satellite. Actually, flares are pretty much omnidirectional. When one occurs on the hemisphere of the Sun which faces us, it "hits" us.
A C class flare is really nothing to get excited about but flares really have no effect on Earth's surface other than disrupting radio communications. The high energy spectrum is absorbed by the atmosphere. That's why the x-ray detector is in space.
edit on 3/16/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)