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Sunspot AR1416 Poses Threat for Earth-directed M-class flares

February 11, 2012

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For the second day in a row, sunspot AR1416 has doubled in size. It has developed a beta-gamma magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. Any such eruptions this weekend would be Earth directed as the sunspot turns to face our planet.

Click here to see the sunspot growth. (Space Weather)

Region 11416 [S18E11] developed further forming large penumbrae in the leading and trailing spot sections.

Spot Count: 17 (^9)

Area Size: 100 (^10)

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