The greatest solar flare in four years hits Earth and disables technology, according to NASA.
A STREAM OF RADIATION from the largest solar flare in years caused a tech blackout this weekend, according to astronomers.
On July 3, a “significant” solar flare was spotted on the Sun, the first X-class occurrence since September 2017. The Sun’s enormous blast of energy escaped and slammed the globe, disrupting technology and maybe creating blackouts over the Atlantic Ocean. Although the pulse of X-ray radiation was not detrimental to life on the surface, it reacted with the planet’s magnetic field, disrupting electronic instruments and radio frequencies.
All of the instruments at an astronomer’s space weather observatory in Norway briefly went haywire, according to the astronomer.
According to the astronomy website Space Weather, Rob Stammes said, “This is the first in many years.” “Magnetic disturbances are extremely rare.”
The X-flare most likely resulted in a radio explosion and a spike of electrical currents in the ground, which harmed the astronomers’ instruments.
The solar flare erupted on Saturday evening, July 3, according to NASA, the US space agency.
At 3.29pm BST, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which follows the Sun 24 hours a day, captured the bright light (10.29am EDT).
The flare was designated as an X1.5-class flare, with “X” indicating the highest powerful flare class.
Meanwhile, the next number denotes the flare’s intensity, thus an X3-class flare would be twice as powerful as Saturday’s occurrence.
“Solar flares are intense bursts of radiation,” NASA explained.
“Harmful radiation from a flare cannot physically harm humans on the ground, but they can disrupt the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals flow if the flare is powerful enough.”
Solar flares and solar storms can knock out power, interrupt satellite operations, and even generate power surges in the most extreme circumstances.
On July 3, a large solar flare occurred, peaking at 10:29 a.m. ET. The event was imaged by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which was categorized as X1.5. https://t.co/YQVtSqomEc pic.twitter.com/ivjSCPZPW9
The flare was caused by the freshly created sunspot AR2838, according to Space Weather.
Sunspots are transitory blemishes on the photosphere of the Sun that are cooler than the surrounding areas.
They appear as black patches and are the result of tangled magnetic lines.
“X-flares are the most powerful type of solar flare,” according to Space Weather.
“They’re usually in charge of the deepest.” Brinkwire Summary News