From: TerryMoselaol.com Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 15:45:44 EST Subject: 3rd largest Solar flare, aurora alert, JKB photos Hi all, The Sun continues to surprise & amaze! Not only have we just been treated to two very large spot groups - some of the largest I've seen - on either side of the Sun, but a new very active group has suddenly appeared near the centre of the disc! It is designated AR (Active Region) 488. It has a very unusual oval ring shape, and has just ejected the third largest solar flare ever recorded! And it's heading our way! So there's a high aurora alert for tonight and tomorrow night, with the possibility that latitudes as low as ours could be affected. SO DO KEEP A LOOK OUT TO THE NORTH IF THE SKY IS CLEAR! It's lucky for International Space Station Expedition 7 crewmembers Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu, plus European researcher Pedro Duque, who returned to Earth on Monday night aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule! IAA member Peter Paice from Belfast has taken another excellent photo of the spot groups, with a 'before and after' which I'm going to forward to you all separately, in case the size of the file slows this up too much. If anyone has any good photos of J Kelly Beatty giving his excellent opening lecture to the IAA in Belfast in September, Andy McCrea would be very grrateful for copies. You can email them to him at andrewmccreaa.freeserve.co.uk, or post to 4 Ailsa Park, Bangor, Co Down, BT19 1EA. Thanks, & Clear Skies, Terry Moseley Hi all, Hope you get these great photos by Peter Paice OK. Terry From: PAPAICEaol.com Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 05:55:19 EST Subject: Sudden arrival of new sunspot group - Peter Paice Hi Terry, Yesterday was poor solar imaging, however there seemed to be a new group in the centre of the disk. SOHO (MDI) has taken 24 hrs to number it (AR488). Very high activity associated with it (see Soho image below). Have put disk for 26th. and 27th. below for comparison. Peter.
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