Today's update from SpaceWeather.com -
http://spaceweather.com/THREE DAYS, THREE FLARES: For the third day in a row, active sunspot 1261 has unleashed a strong M-class solar flare. The latest blast at 0357 UT on August 4th registered M9.3 on the Richter Scale of Flares, almost crossing the threshold into X-territory (X-flares are the most powerful kind). Stay tuned for updates.
INCOMING CLOUDS: At least two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are now en route to Earth, propelled toward us by eruptions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot 1261 on August 2nd and 3rd. Analysts at the GSFC Space Weather Lab have just produced a new 3-D model of the advancing CMEs.
The CME clouds are due to hit sometime today with likely additional impact from the near X class solar flare. Some interesting guff related to this phenomenon, which is starting to ramp up in frequency since the "big sleep"...
Maybe the flares have started earlier than expected?NASA has recently discovered that the earth’s magnetic field contains a hole, which is ten times larger than they previously believed. The magnetosphere shelters us from solar flares, but the hole is now four times the size of the earth.
National Geographic magazine reported that scientists said, "An unexpected, thick layer of solar particles inside Earth's magnetic field suggests there are huge breaches in our planet's solar defenses."
The article went on to say that during the next solar flares in 2012 these holes will be responsible for tremendous solar storms. David Sibeck, a space-weather expert at NASA said, "So if all of this is true, it should be that we're in for a tough time in the next 11 years."
Tin hat on for the next 12 years....