Sun Becomes More Active Yet Again

3/22/2011 12:37:56 PM

Today and yesterday, the sun has become more active than it recently has been. Numerous solar flares are being observed. Please click here for an easy-to-understand website showing these flares. As can easily be seen, there were three minor flares (called class C) both today and yesterday. According to my understanding, none of these flares were directed at the Earth, and thus there will not be any impacts from them here on Earth. Even if they were directed at the Earth, because of their strength, impacts would of been minimal.

A terrific image of a solar flare taken several years ago, thanks to NASA

According to NOAA,"Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at quiet levels during days 1 - 2 (22 - 23 March). Geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to quiet to unsettled levels on day 3 (24 March) as a coronal hole high-speed stream begins to disturb the field. The greater than 10 MeV event at geosynchronous orbit is expected to end on day 1 (March 22)."

So we should expect more possible solar events soon. How strong will they be? Will they be directed at the Earth? Will they affect our day-to-day life here on the Earth? (Please see a past blog about how solar activity may alter our lives by clicking here.)

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