Solar Flare X-Ray On 9-10-17
Taken by Philip Smith on September 10, 2017 @ Manorville, NY USA
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Date Taken: 2017:09:10 19:19:56
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I got the chance to image my first Solar Flare X-Ray today on 9-10-17 from my backyard. It started out as a X8.2 Solar Flare.

Solar Flare Classifications
Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X according to the peak flux (in watts per square meter, W/m2) of 100 to 800 picometer X-rays near Earth, as measured on the GOES spacecraft. Each class has a peak flux ten times greater than the preceding one, with X class flares having a peak flux of order 10-4 W/m2. Within a class there is a linear scale from 1 to 9, so an X2 flare is twice as powerful as an X1 flare, and is four times more powerful than an M5 flare. The more powerful M and X class flares are often associated with a variety of effects on the near-Earth space environment. Although the GOES classification is commonly used to indicate the size of a flare, it is only one measure.
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Excellent shot. Can you explain x-ray. What type of telescope/filter?
Posted by supex71 2017-09-10 20:47:03
@supex71: Its a great image indeed. The author of the picture put an improper title: The image was obtained not in X-ray but H-alpha (X-rays from space are blocked by Earths high atmosphere, and only detected from spacecrafts). The author description explains how the classification of solar flares (including X class) is based on X-rays as measured by a spacecraft.
Posted by Mesarthim 2017-09-13 14:18:49
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