Source - Space Weather News for August 9, 2011: http://spaceweather.com
X-FLARE: This morning at 0805 UT, sunspot 1263 produced an X7-class solar flare--so far the most powerful flare of new Solar Cycle 24. The brunt of the explosion was not Earth directed. Even so, a minor solar proton storm is in progress around our planet, and the flare also created waves of ionization in Earth's upper atmosphere. Visit http://spaceweather.com for images and more information.
SOLAR FLARE ALERTS: Did you miss the eruption? Next time get a solar flare alert: http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherpone.com (voice).