sunspot 1302 has already produced two X-flares (X1.4 on Sept. 22nd and X1.9 on Sept. 24th 2011).
Our Sun has unleashed a massive sun's spot 1302 which is so large, clearly visible to naked eye during sun rise and sun's set.
An Important Note: Sun is safe to be seen with naked eye only for few seconds after sun rise and before sun set. Don't try to watch sun with any other way directly or indirectly except using proper filtering and that too for few seconds at a time even with filters you are risk of loosing your eyes permanently.
some details of the sun's image:
The image was taken using a Semi DSLR camera on Tripod on 25/09/2011 at 5.55 am in Kairambedu Village, some 60 Kms south of Madras, South India.
The sheer size of the sun spot region suggests the odds might be even higher than that. Sunspot 1302 has already produced two X-flares (X1.4 on Sept. 22nd and X1.9 on Sept. 24th 2011). Each of the dark cores in this snapshot is larger than Earth, and the entire active region stretches more than 100,000 km from end to end. The sunspot’s magnetic field is crackling with sub-X-class flares that could grow into a larger eruption as the sunspot continues to turn toward Earth. A sun's spot of this size can hold several thousands earths and few Jupiters.When the X class flare hits earth there is a fair chance of Aurora hitting upto latitude of California and disruption of power, communication services. Passengers in aeroplane are also at risk of exposing to solar radiation.
The Image has been placed on APOD discussion forum: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=22862#p142677