Space Weather News for Oct. 22, 2013

Comet13A COMET EXPLODES: Amateur astronomers are reporting a 100-fold outburst of brightness from Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR).  Images reveal a spherical shell of gas that reminds observers of Comet 17P/Holmes, which exploded in 2007.  So far the comet is too dim for naked-eye viewing, but at magnitude +8.5 it is bright enough for imaging by backyard telescopes.  Visit for photos and more information.

SOLAR FLARE ALERTS: Would you like a call when solar flares are underway? X-flare alerts are available from (text) and (voice).

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