Class X-1.4 Solar Flare Hits Earth Saturday

July 17, 2012 in Featured News, Science

July 12th, NASA scientists observed a class X-1.4 coronal mass ejection (CME) heading in the direction of Earth. As one might expect, X-class emissions are on the high end of the scale of solar irradiation, and a possible cause of concern. The CME hit the Earth two days later on Saturday at around 2PM Eastern Daylight Time (1800 UT).