Two solar flares were released by the Sun this morning, one of which was the most powerful flare recorded since 2008!
A solar flare is an intense burst of radiation that occurs when built up magnetic energy is suddenly released.
Harmful radiation from a flare can’t hurt us here on Earth but can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
The flare was so big that it disrupted radio communications on Earth and some customers in America reported problems using their phones!
The issues are over now as the solar flare and its black out has now passed.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of the events.
One of two solar flares measured “X9.3” on the scale.
The ‘X’-class means the flare was quite powerful and the number provides more information about its strength. An X2 is twice as intense as an X1, an X3 is three times as intense.
The storm may even make the northern lights more visible.
Space weather looks interesting we have just seen a large solar flare from the sun, could be a chance of the northern lights tonight. pic.twitter.com/R0QzfHEBKV
— BBC SW Weather (@BBCSWWeather) September 6, 2017
The current solar cycle began in December 2008 and is now decreasing in intensity. Basically, the solar flare comes at a time when eruptions on the sun should be rare.
NASA says it continues to monitor the sun and that none of its actions pose any real risk to us on Earth.
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