M-Class solar flare and Sunspot 1319’s beta gamma configuration

M Class solar flare - October 2011The Solar Flare reaching M1.6 peaked at 03:25 UTC Thursday morning and was centered off the northwest limb near Sunspot 1318 which is rotating out of direct earth view. Solar activity remains at fairly low levels with only small to mid sized C-Class flares taking place in the past 48 hours.  There will be a chance for an M-Class flare around Sunspots 1319 and 1324.   Sunspot 1319 has a beta-gamma magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. Another Sunspot is now rotating into view on the eastern limb just behind Sunspot 1324 and was numbered 1325 and will be ones to keep an eye on.