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Subject: RE: Solar Mega flare X18
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 11:00:18 -0600
Ugh!  Begins to really look as if they are "burping the sun" with scalar interferometry. A lot of damage can be done with that technique, and one suspects that may be what's at issue.
We'll just have to wait and see.

Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 9:59 AM
To: Tom Bearden
Subject: Solar Mega flare X18

Solar X-rays:
Geomagnetic Field:



and the X-ray flux reached a peak of 1.5 x 10 sup -3
X-Ray Flux    
which is about 5 orders of magnitude stronger than normal.
Apparently it was proton flare since GOES 8 started measuring elevated proton flux immediately:
Oh, the proton flux was already elevated from the previous event 2 days ago.
SEVERE SOLAR ACTIVITY: The most powerful solar flare in 14 years, a remarkable X18-category explosion, erupted from sunspot 486 this morning at approximately 1110 UT. A strong solar radiation storm is in progress. (Click here to learn about the effects of such storms.) The explosion hurled a coronal mass ejection almost directly toward Earth, which could trigger bright auroras when it arrives on Oct 29th or 30th.

Above: This SOHO coronagraph image captured at 12:18 UT shows the coronal mass ejection of Oct. 28th billowing directly toward Earth. Such clouds are called halo CMEs. The many speckles are solar protons striking the coronagraph's CCD camera.

Jan Alvestad's "Solar Terrestrial Activity Report" is well worth reading and I won't copy it here.
He's starting to use words like "unprecedented", "extremely severe"...