The Sun Just Released The Biggest Solar Flare In 12 Years

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

According to Sansa, the burst of radiation was so intense, it caused high-frequency radio blackouts on the daytime side of Earth, affecting high-frequency communication over Africa, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean. The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) warned that two monster solar flares unleashed from the Sun of Wednesday, were accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) which travelled towards Earth at speeds over 1200 km per second. This makes five large flares spotted in the same region since September 4.

The flare was classified as an M-class one, measuring a tenth the size of the most intense flares, the X-class flares.

Spectacular aurora displays seen across the northern hemisphere in recent days have been caused by a huge solar flare with the energy of a billion hydrogen bombs, United Kingdom scientists have said. A total of six solar flares have erupted from the same active sunspot since Monday - including the largest flare the Sun has produced in its current cycle.

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The team said flare observation using ground-based telescopes is hard because X-class flares can form and reach their peak intensities in little more than five minutes. 4, 2017. The last one occurred on September 8 while many more are expected to observe in coming days.

The sun is having an explosive day. At the end of the active phase, these eruptions become increasingly rare but still can be powerful. On an average, solar cycles last for up to 11 years. NICT had initially projected the particles emitted by the flares would reach Earth between 3 p.m. and midnight on September 8.

But it can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where Global Positioning System and communications signals travel, something that NASA said was felt as a high-frequency radio blackout, that lasted for about an hour on Wednesday. The flash of light and high energy particles released is the solar flare, while the solar matter from the magnetic contortions are CMEs.

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