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M1.7-class solar flare + A really spectacular eruption!!

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Published on Apr 16, 2012

Report from Spaceweather.com: "Magnetic fields on the sun's northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16th, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years."
"The explosion, which registered M1.7 on the Richter Scale of solar flares, was not Earth-directed, but it did hurl a CME into space. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have analyzed the trajectory of the cloud and found that it will hit NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft, the Spitzer space telescope, and the rover Curiosity en route to Mars. Planets Venus and Mars could also receive a glancing blow." http://www.spaceweather.com

M1.7 -- Begin:1724 Max:1745 End:1800
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpmenu/indi...

AIA 304 (2012-04-16 16:17:56 -- 2012-04-17 01:27:32 UTC)

AIA 304 (2012-04-16 17:11:56 -- 20:11:20 UTC)

AIA 1600 (2012-04-16 17:12:17 -- 20:11:29 UTC)

AIA 171 (2012-04-16 17:11:48 -- 20:11:12 UTC)

AIA 193 (2012-04-16 17:12:07 -- 20:11:31 UTC)

AIA 335 (2012-04-16 17:11:39 -- 20:11:03 UTC)

AIA 304/LASCO C2 (2012-04_16-17:11:56 - 20:11:20 UTC)

Credit: Helioviewer.org.

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