July 17 – Powerful solar flare activity is forecast for Monday which may interfere with short-wave communications, Russian scientists said after three flares were observed on the sun on Sunday.
The Fedorov Institute of Applied Geophysics, in Moscow, said that class X and proton flares are possible. Short-wave radio signals will also deteriorate.
X class flares can cause long lasting radiation storms. The proton flare is a solar storm that consists primarily of protons.
Solar flares happen when the powerful magnetic fields in and around the sun reconnect. According to NASA, they can damage communications and satellites by affecting Earth’s magnetic fields.
In 2022, A geomagnetic disturbance caused by an intense burst from the sun knocked out 40 newly launched SpaceX Satellites.
Three solar flares were observed on Sunday, the Fedorov Institute said, with one lasting 14 minutes, accompanied by disruption in radio communication.
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