On Wednesday the Hi-C rocket lifted off from White Sands Missile Range (just over the mountains from the SDO ground station) and took high-resolution images of the Sun. I haven't seen any images yet, but I'm sure they will look great!
- Sun unleashes most powerful solar flare of the summer (msnbc.com) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48166317/ns/technology_and_science-space/
- X-Class Solar Flare Causes Radio Outages (U.S. News & World Report): http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/12/x-class-solar-flare-causes-radio-outages
- Major Solar Flare Erupts From Giant Sunspot (Space.com): http://www.space.com/16560-major-solar-flare-erupts-giant-sunspot.html
- Sun uncorks X-class blast (USA Today): http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2012/07/sun-uncorks-x-class-blast/1
With 2 X-class flares in 2 week it looks like the southern hemisphere is moving toward solar maximum!