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Message Subject SOLAR WATCH * 312 M & 25 X FLARES starting 3-7-2011 (Updated Daily)
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I don't know a lot about this stuff but it does interest me. I have been following for a while and have couple questions..

1- so are you guys looking for an x-class here? let's say we were to have one..what would the implications be?

2- it seems that x-class flares are not too uncommon so what is the hype?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28236632


Not all X-class flares are equal. For example, an X1 will be more common than an X20 and so on. Also, not all flares produce CME's (coronal mass ejections). These ejections are what can really mess with out geomagnetic field and cause big geomagnetic storms.

This is the short answer. Theoretically...two M class flares that produce big CME's could do more damage than two X-class flares that do not produce CME's. All about the CME in a lot of cases. Although, you can still get other impacts from non-CME flares (radio blackouts and such).
 
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