Will this event affect our planet? Probably not. It is located too far from disk center. Stay tuned, however, to see what kind of CME the blast produced.
MERCURY-DIRECTED CME: A coronal mass ejection that blasted away from the farside of the sun yesterday is heading for Mercury. According to Goddard Space Weather Lab, it should hit the innermost planet on Jan. 3rd around 16:30 UT.
07 January 2012
INCOMING CME? A magnetic filament in the sun's northern hemisphere erupted on Jan. 5th and hurled a CME in the general direction of Earth. At first it appeared that the cloud would sail north of Earth and completely miss our planet. Subsequent work by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab suggests a different outcome: the CME might deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 7th.