NASA captures significant solar flare

Solar flare

Solar flare

The Sun emitted two powerful flares on Wednesday, September 6, followed by a coronal mass ejection (CME) that could damage Earth-orbiting satellites and shut down electronic communication and power grids while also producing handsome auroras.

The flare was one of three X-category flares - the largest type of flare - observed over 48 hour period, they said.

At its peak, the solar flare reached an energy level of X9.3, or nine-times more powerful than an X1 flare, that even at its most average eruption reaches power equivalent to the explosion of billions of hydrogen bombs.

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An X-class flare, the most powerful of solar storms, erupted from at 5:10 AM EDT (0910 GMT) from a huge sunspot. The solar burst can drive away the plasma from the surface of the sun with the speed in phenomena of upto 2000 Km per second which is called as "Coronal Mass Ejections".

"It's very unusual to observe the opening minutes of a flare's life", says Chris Nelson, of Sheffield University's Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre.

"We can only observe about 1/250th of the solar surface at any one time using the Swedish Solar Telescope, so to be in the right place at the right time requires a lot of luck".

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The sunny side of planet Earth had all of its Global Positioning System communications temporarily knocked out September 6 after the sun emitted two massive solar flares, showering the planet with radiation storms. "To observe the rise phases of three X-classes over two days is just unheard of".

The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reported high-frequency radio blackouts and disruptions in the low-frequency communication used for navigation as a result of the flares. The current cycle of the sun, which began in December 2008, saw the intensity of solar activity decline sharply, opening the way to the "solar minimum". "The number of Active Regions, where flares occur, is low, so to have X-class flares so close together is very usual".

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