Reprinted from http://spaceweather.com
X-FLARE: For days, giant sunspot AR1515 has looked capable of producing a really strong explosion. On July 6, it finally did. The sunspot’s magnetic canopy erupted, producing a brief but potent X1.1-class solar flare. The explosion hurled a CME into space and sparked a solar proton storm around Earth.
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