Good morning. A somewhat busy day on the space weather front, so I will provide you with this solar update. Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk. New regions 2160, 2161 and 2162 were all assigned today. Each are not considered a threat for strong solar flares at this time. Another new region is now just beginning to turn into view off the east limb. We will get a better look within the next 24 hours.
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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