Friday, February 18, 2011

Solar Storm Heads Toward Earth

As a radio armature (ham) we are always interested in what the sun is doing. The sun's activity makes it possible to communicate around the world. The sun cycles in eleven year intervals. We are now just at the beginning of such a cycle. The present cycle has been a slow starter compared to ones in the past. This storm just may be the start of a good thing for us Hams....... Jack

According to and the SOHO web site, on February 14th at 8:56 PM EST, the Sun produced its largest solar flare in over four years, which was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME). It has been rated as a Class X2 flare, the largest in the new solar cycle. This solar explosion occurred from sunspot cluster 1158 and followed two smaller CMEs that occurred during the previous two days. How do solar flares work and how will this event affect us? Read more about it at: