Sunday, August 12, 2012
2012 08 12 M1.0Class Solar Flare, Perseid Shower, Comet 96P Machholz 1 HD
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Sunspot AR1540 erupted on August 11th, producing a long-duration M1-class solar flare that peaked around 1220 UT.
The explosion hurled a faint cloud of plasma into space. Judging from the blast site's off-center location on the solar disk, the cloud is probably not heading for Earth. This conclusion is uncertain, however. Stay tuned for additional analysis.
The multi-station Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar, sponsored by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, is also monitoring the Perseids. Bright spots in this sample radar sky map show the radiants of currently active showers
Live data from NASA http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov/cmor-radiants/
Thank you for watching and wish you all a very enjoyable week.