X9.0 flare
Unexpectedly, a major flare was fired from a source region at the very east limb. The first X-flare since September 2005.
Nederlandstalige versie posted: December 5, 2006
A presto release:
A major flare, ~X9, has just been detected by GOES. Nancay radioheliograph and GOES SXI images indicate its source to be the large active region now rotating over the SE limb to the S of NOAA AR0929. EIT and LASCO data are both unavailable at present due to spacecraft manoeuvres, though given the extreme easterly longitude it seems unlikely that any associated CME would be strongly geoeffective.

The picture on right is a snapshot of the Sun in X-rays taken by the telescope SXI onboard GOES-13. The flare is seen as a light flash: a sudden and strong intensity increase localized in space and time. The flare peaked at 10:35UT.

Hopefully, the holy man is not struck by this lightning and will still be able to bring all presents to the children tonight.