Oleg Toumilovitch "spotted" it on July 31st rising over Blairgowrie, South Africa
A sunspot directly related to a series of massive solar storms was captured in this photo of sunrise over South Africa on July 31st. The next day, August 1st displayed a solar tsunami, C3 class solar flare. That is as strong as they come. According to Spaceweather, this included multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more. Below see video of the actual storm. Another video at the bottom of this post discusses the forecast for a dramatic increase in activity up through 2012.
This was on the earth facing side of the sun, and has been sent directly towards earth. The results could be a beautiful display of the northern lights tonight (August 3rd), and Wednesday night (August 4th). But it can also lead to problems with satellites. Many satellites monitoring Earth and space are followed locally at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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