Asymmetric, Earth-directed partial-halo CME and M1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2497

Asymmetric, Earth-directed partial-halo CME and M1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2497

An asymmetric partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) erupted from Region 2497 late February 11, 2016. The CME was, at least in part, produced by a long duration C8.9 solar flare that peaked at 21:03 UTC. 

Associated with the event were Type II and Type IV radio sweeps (estimated shock speed of 483 km/s). Initial analysis suggests this CME has an Earth-directed component and is expected to arrive early on February 15, causing periods of G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming.

Partial-halo CME on February 11, 2016. Image credit: ESA/NASA SOHO/LASCO C2.

At 10:47 UTC on February 12, the same region erupted with M1.0 solar flare (R1 - Minor radio blackout). There were no radio signatures that would suggest a CME was associated with that event.

Slight growth and consolidation was observed in Region 2497 as well as the formation of a delta within its larger intermediate spots over the last 30 hours.

SWPC forecasters expect C-class flares with a chance for another R1 - Minor event over the next few days.

Sunspots on February 12, 2016. Image credit: NASA SDO/HMI

2492 - Alpha
2494 - Beta
2497 - Beta-Gamma-Delta
2498 - Alpha

WSA-ENLIL CME prediction model. Credit: NASA/GSFC

Featured image credit: NASA/GSFC

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