The C8.0 solar flare Saturday morning around region 2157 appears to have been responsible for a coronal mass ejection (CME) as seen in the attached image by LASCO C2. It does not appear to be Earth directed.
The Solar X-Rays are active once again. Region 2157 produced a moderate M1.1 solar flare at 17:09 UTC. The active region continues to evolve and will remain a threat for additional moderate to strong solar flares.
ACE spacecraft data showed an increase in solar wind speed on Saturday morning and it could be related to an expected glancing blow CME impact. A geomagnetic sudden impulse was also detected at 15:25 UTC. Increased geomagnetic activity will be possible in the hours ahead. More updates to follow if required.
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