When I got up this morning, Amber told me about a little report Fox News ran on another large solar flare. Evidently NASA spacecraft spotted it yesterday afternoon (April 16). Since I didn’t have all day to sit in front of the TV and wait for it, I just looked it up on the website. Here’s a link to the article. It describes it as a mid-level, M-class solar flare. I guess it also launched out a good bit of coronal mass ejection. This may make for some quirky radio propagation. Seems like it takes 24 hours to see the effects here on Earth. Maybe also some cool auroral activity will occur. There’s a short video showing the flare shoot out from the sun. Neat stuff! Supposedly the solar cycle peak comes in another year. Hopefully we continue to see improved propagation in the higher frequency bands.
In an unrelated note, I did enjoy watching Space Shuttle Discovery arrive in Washington this morning. The 747, with Discovery riding piggy-back, made several laps around various parts of the city for all to see and then touched down making a perfect landing. It will be on permanent display along with such other planes as the Concord, Enola Gay, and SR-71 Blackbird.