Friday, May 3, 2013

Stunning: Two M-Class Solar Flares Within An Hour (Videos)

Solar flares, 03 May 2013
May 3, 2013 - Two flares in under an hour! First came a "long duration, moderate, solar flare" reaching M1.3 peaked at 16:53 UTC on May 3. "The source of the event was Region 1731 still classified as Beta-Gamma-Delta and capable of more strong eruptions. This region has rotated out of the Sun’s central disk area toward western limb," reports The Watchers website.

But wait, there's more! "Before that event ended," The Watchers continued, "an impulsive and strong M5.7 solar flare erupted and peaked at 17:32 UTC." That's roughly half an hour later, and that's astounding. "A Type II radio emission was associated with the event which typically indicates Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)." But don't panic: Experts say that if a CME was shot into space it probably was not in our direction. Below,  two great videos explain the May 3 double solar flares.