For anyone who missed it here's the Mauna Loa movie of the large filament eruption (not from 1575, but about 10 degrees east). The fact that this filament was straddling the equator means we're looking at a worst-case scenario as far as geo-effectiveness is concerned. This eruption was perfectly located to give us a strong geo-magnetic storm and some awesome aurora this weekend.
[link to halpha.nso.edu
HOLD THE PRESSES! NASA Goddard predicts this CME will arrive TODAY!
This one is really fast!!
Event Issue Date: 2012-09-28 01:20:34.0 GMTCME Arrival Time: 2012-09-28 22:43:02.0 GMT
Arival Time Confidence Level: ± 6 hours
Disturbance Duration: 6 hours
Disturbance Duration Confidence Level: ± 8 hours
Magnetopause Standoff Distance: 4.2 Re
[link to iswa.ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080
I must get some rest now, looks like another interesting day of solar excitement tomorrow. Good-night and blessings to all.