Regarding the Solar Flare: This proton eruption is
It shows the current UVI index. Guess from that
solar flare it was a 9!
There is speculation that the "SOHO" satellite
got hit bigtime from this eruption..the pictures it is now sending appear as
if the lens took the brunt of the hit. Here's the latest picture from
SOHO (it's a large file!):
Here's a page that shows not only the SOHO images, but
earth bound observatiories as well.
And in other news:
Seems like all of nature is in an uproar! Powerful
tornadoes in China and Alberta, CA, earthquakes in Japan and other
locations, locusts in China, extreme heat in Europe! Awesome stuff
(weather.com news reported today that: The Chinese
province of Jiangsu faces a major clean-up, after a tornado touched down
there, reportedly killing 11 people and injuring 500 others.
The twister touched down Thursday afternoon in the cities
of Yangzhou and Taizhou, located 215 miles southwest of Shanghai. It
destroyed 10,000 houses, uprooted large trees and disrupted electricity and
communication systems, according to Chinese media. In addition, the
tornado hit rice and corn fields, causing more than 4-million yuan in
damage, according to the official Xinhua news agency.