As we continue deeper into Solar Cycle 25, more solar flares are expected to erupt from the sun’s surface. One of the most recent, an X3. 3 solar flare, was actually captured in an image thanks to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
These powerful blasts of energy can bring about a ton of beauty and destruction on our planet. They can disrupt radio and navigation signals, as well as fueling the beautiful aurora borealis we’ve seen in many pictures.
This most current image , is one of many solar flares images NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured over the years. As an X-class, this was one of the most intense flares that can be ejected from the sun.
The danger from this one has already passed, but NASA and the NOAA did note that there were some moderate solar radiation storms caused by the X-class solar flare. These storms are what often cause the northern lights to appear further south than they usually do, and they often lead to some radio blackouts in different parts of the world.
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This particular solar flare showcased in NASA’s newest image saw solar radiation storms, which peaked on Saturday morning as an S2 event. These S2 events are roughly 100 times more powerful than the normal amount of particles that interact with our planet’s atmosphere. It was quite the show.
Of course, these kinds of events are only going to get more and more frequent as we continue deeper into Solar Cycle 25, closer and closer to our Solar Maximum, which is when the Sun’s energy is at its most intense. If you look at the image embedded above, you can see the flare responsible for this recent storm in the lower right corner of the image.
NASA scientists continue to track sunspots which have been seen on the Sun’s surface. These sunspots can be the beginning of massive solar flares such as this X class, and so tracking them will help predict solar weather.
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