Monster sunspot group 1890 now faces Earth. Taken on Nov. 8, 2013. Credit and copyright: Ron Cottrell.
The Sun is finally acting like it’s in solar maximum. Our Sun has emitted dozens of solar flares since Oct. 23, 2013, with at least six big X-class flares. On Friday morning (Coordinated Universal Time), it blasted out a X1.1 flare at 04:32 UT (11:32 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2013). While old Sol had been fairly quiet for the time where it was supposed to be active in its normal 11-year cycle, only recently has activity ramped up with increased flares and sunspots.
Speaking of sunspots, a huge group designated AR 1890 has turned to face Earth. This sunspot has a trend of producing very brief flares. The X1-flare today was no exception as it lasted barely a minute.
More - Link >>> http://www.universetoday.com/106278/solar-activity-ramps-up-as-giant-sunspot-group-turns-to-face-earth/
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