PHOTOGENIC EXPLOSION: During the early hours of May 9th, a magnetic filament snaking over the sun's northeastern limb rose up and flung itself into space.
While this eruption was underway, another magnetic filament connected to sunspot AR2339 also erupted. The two wild filaments combined to produce a bright CME: image. The expanding cloud does not appear to be heading for Earth. It was photogenic, but not geoeffective.
More explosions are in the offing. Behemoth sunspot AR2339 has a 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of M-flares and a 10% chance of X-flares on May 9th.