Another Proton Storm (February 3, 2012)
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An X1.7 flare (largest category) and a coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from the Sun (Jan. 27-28, 2012) from the same active region that produced a smaller but Earth-directed storm a few days earlier. This resulting solar storm was not squarely Earth-directed, but the clouds of high-energy protons that it emitted continued to hit the SOHO spacecraft detectors for over a day and did generate a minor radiation storm on Earth. (SOHO is about a million miles towards the Sun from Earth.) The CME raced away from the Sun at a fast at 2500 km/s or 5.6 million mph clip.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
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