posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 11:30 PM
Yes, it is Earth-directed. This NOAA page has animations of the solar wind predictions:
At the time of this posting, the animation has not been updated yet. What you see at the time of the posting is the X1 that this flare sent off on
March 4 which was followed by a M class. Once updated, you will see an X5 followed by an X1 aimed just to the bottom of the green dot to the right
(Earth). It will not be a 100% direct hit, but Earth will get a significant portion of the CME.
DO NOT PANIC.
I have been watching solar activity since the last solar minimum (early 2000s) and we had plenty of X-class flares back then. That is not to say two
X flares in rapid succession is insignificant, it is just that I do not think there would be much terrestrial impact. We'll have to see how the
magnetosphere holds up. Satellite communications could be adversely affected but that is all I would expect.
THE GOOD NEWS:
There is an excellent chance of a great aurora show in a couple days!