It's been a long time since I have given a solar update, but the video images from last night just begged to be posted.
In the past 48 hours we have had two major solar flares- an M4.5 and an X1.6- both came with CMEs and are directly geoeffective Earth facing. The M4.5 launched a slow moving CME that should intercept Earth early tomorrow- Sept 12. The X1.6 launched a fast moving CME that should intercept Earth..... early tomorrow. The X1.6 event lasted for a full hour from beginning to end.
The two sun spots we are eagerly watching are 2158 and 2157- both showing beta gamma delta configurations and both growing in size. 2158 is above the solar equator and 2157 just below it.
We are currently experiencing a radiation storm with elevated levels of high and low energy protons streaming past Earth, and are expecting a geomagnetic storm tomorrow morning as the first of the CME waves arrive.
... none of this info was what inspired me to post this article though. It was watching the video posted below. This photo is a screen shot that I captured from the video.