NASA catches two significant solar flares


The solar cycle - a 11 year periodic activity cycle - began in 2008 and is now moving to the lowest level of activity.

The two flares occurred Wednesday morning at 5:10am and 8:02am EDT.

Two high-intensity solar flares were emitted on Wednesday, the second of which was the most intense recorded since the start of this sun cycle in December 2008, NASA said.

Solar storms can make satellites and power grids on Earth go a little wonky.

If a solar flare is directed at Earth, which these ones were, it can generate a radiation storm that interferes with radio and Global Positioning System signals.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted intense solar flares this week.

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The Solar Heliospheric Obervatory in space also noticed the CME but said that analysts are also still trying to figure out if it could potentially reach Earth. Physicists believe the magnetic field can become twisted and looped as the Sun rotates, until finally these lines "snap".

The second flare was massive.

Head of the Center for space weather of Institute of terrestrial magnetism, ionosphere and radio wave propagation named Pushkov of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IZMIRAN) Sergey Gaydash told about the deteriorating relations in the United States and Europe after the last solar flare. The biggest solar flare of all time was a humungous X28 back in 2003, which luckily was at an oblique angle to Earth, so we managed to avoid the full brunt.

If Earth is in the CME's path, the particles interact with our magnetic field.

CMS and solar flares are different phenomena but often occur at the same time when it comes to the strongest solar flares. High-frequency radio signals blacked out across the daytime side of Earth for about an hour after Wednesday's initial bursts, according to National Geographic.

The solar flares were strong enough to cause radio disruptions on the day but will have a continued impact during the night. They should be arriving within a few days.