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A faint halo CME observed in association with the X1-flare on
18 July is expected to impact the earth in the latter half of
the UT day of 20 July. Further CME activity observed on 18 July
may possibly be also earthward directed and geoeffective on
Significant Solar Limb Activity Observed
20 JULY 2002
As noted in the AstroAlert of 19 July, there exists a potential for significant solar activity visible on the east limb of the Sun. Over the last 24 hours, frequent surging has been observed as the strongly active sunspot complex just behind the eastern limb of the Sun begins to rotate into view.
Today, at 21:30 UTC (5:30 pm EDT), a very strong class X3.3 solar x-ray flare was observed from this sunspot complex. Although the sunspot complex itself is not yet visible, the activity it is producing is visible.
Originally posted by Midnight Mutilator
Let's just hope these blasts don't get to close to our planet, it could knock out the electricity in the US or UK...