Saturday, 18 August 2012

M2 Flare! - 18th August

M1 flare by Mark Townley
M1 flare, a photo by Mark Townley on Flickr.

I couldn't believe my luck today, the continuous cloud that has been present for the past week finally broke to give a warm and sunny end to the afternoon. Needless to say I capitalised on the opportunity and got the solar scope out. Imagine my suprise when the as yet undesignated active region threw off an M2 class flare at just past 17.00GMT. The near Earth sized eruption of plasma from our star was easily the largest explosion currently happening in a several light year radius. Taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm DMK31.