They occurred close together — May 12-13, 2013, depending on the time zone. An X1.7 and an X2.4. They are not earth directed but these are significant events. More may follow as the area of activity on the sun moves into view from our perspective. Sunspot AR1738. The Astronomy world is abuzz.
9:30 PM EST — Oops!! A third X-class flare just occurred!! An X3.2. The proton flux and density is beginning to rise and the electron flux is starting to dip. 😦