Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:43 CDT
New sunspot 1496 unleashed an impulsive M3-class
solar flare on June 3rd at 1755 UT. In New Mexico, amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft was monitoring the sun when the explosion occurred, and he video-recorded a powerful solar tsunami
issuing from the blast site:
"This was a great solar event!" says Ashcraft. "The blast wave sparked powerful radio emissions as it plowed through the sun's atmosphere, and I recorded the sounds
using my shortwave radio telescope."
The explosion also hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space: SOHO movie
. The cloud does not appear to be heading for Earth, although this conclusion could be revised by further analysis.