|X1.8 Solar Flare on October 23, 2012 - NASA/SDO/Goddard|
From the National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center report: "Impulsive flares aren’t generally associated with severe space weather, and additionally, this region is still several days away from directly facing Earth from center disk. Nonetheless, the potential for continued activity remains..."
SolarHam.com produced a video of the X1.8 solar flare based on NASA imagery.
An earlier M5 flare on October 22 from the same active region peaked at 6:51 PM UTC (2:51 PM EDT).
|M5 Flare on October 22, 2012 - NASA/SDO/GSFC|
|Graph depicting both the Oct. 23 X1.8 Flare and Oct. 22 M5 Flare - NOAA/SWPC|
The M9 flare on October 20 also was emitted from active region AR 1598. This area is being carefully monitored for future flare activity.
NASA reported on October 22 multiple slow coronal mass ejections (CMEs), but due to the active region's position on the sun, these were not headed towards Earth. Early reports from non-NASA sites such as SolarHam.com suggest that the larger X1.8 flare will likely not produce a CME directed towards Earth. Stay tuned for future official reports from NASA on the latest flare.