WARNING!! X-class Solar Flare in Progress... Earth is Direct Target!
A very strong solar flare currently above X1 remains in progress. The eruption is centered just to the west of 1944 at the same location of the M4.0 event on January 4th.
UPDATE: A major solar flare measuring X1.2 was detected on Tuesday afternoon peaking at 18:30 UTC. The source of the eruption was region 1943, with interaction between sunspot 1944. Because the flare appears to be long in duration, a coronal mass ejection is possible. The blast site is in a great geoeffective position for Earth directed eruptions. Attached image by the Solar Dyanamics Observatory (SDO) below, captures a "wave" of plasma racing away from the blast site. Stay tuned for the latest updates.