06 December 2023 - Mission Day: 10232 - DOY: 340

X14.4 Flare and Particle Event

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LASCO C2 images

MPEG movies: 512x512, 256x256, QuickTime. Still frames: 1, 2, 3.

LASCO C3 images

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EIT 195 Å images

Full field still frames: 1, 2, 3, 4.
MPEGs: Subfield (384x400, 192x192), Full field (512x512, 256x256).

Caption: Another major flare erupted on the Sun today around 13.50 UT. It is currently classified as a X14.4 flare which will place it as the 5th strongest flare on record.

A shower of high energy protons was also emitted by the Sun during this event. These are the particles that are causing a hazard to humans in space and can cause disruption of satellite electronics, and the cause of the "snow shower" seen in the LASCO and EIT images.


Instruments: Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO); Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT);
Taken: 15 April 2001.
Picture credit: SOHO/LASCO and SOHO/EIT (ESA & NASA)


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