Flashpoint! An X-3 flare (July 17, 2002)
- LASCO Movie (MPEG,324K)
- MDI Movie (MPEG,624K)
- EIT Movie (MPEG,101K)
- LASCO Movie (Quicktime,2.3M) and a smaller version (Quicktime,426K)
- MDI Movie (Quicktime,3.2M) and a smaller version (Quicktime,613K)
- EIT Movie (Quicktime,1.3M)
- LASCO Higher resolution Image (TIF,4.4M)
- MDI Higher resolution Image (TIF,2.8M)
On 15 July 2002, a large (X-3) flare and a coronal mass ejection
(CME) exploded out from the Sun, the largest flare observed since 28
December 2001. We have seen only four X-class flares this year. The
source of the flare and CME was Active Region 30, which scientists
were watching carefully as it had the characteristics of sunspots
that produce X-class flares. The large sunspot region (many Earths
across) can be seen in the MDI video clip and still image up to just
hours before the flare.|
The trademark flash point of the flare was seen in the ultraviolet EIT 195 Angstrom image at about 20:12 UT. The LASCO C3 instrument shows a fast-moving cloud of particles heading off left of center over the course of a few hours. Thus, it may deliver a glancing blow to Earth. The leading edge of the CME may reach us on July 17 or soon thereafter and may generate some intense auroral activity.
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