The Swedish Solar Telescope Found the Sun's Largest Flare in 12 Years

The Swedish Solar Telescope Found the Sun's Largest Flare in 12 Years

Solar storms blast radiation in all directions from the sun, some of which hits the outer atmosphere of Earth, causing it to heat up and expand.

Solar flares occur when the sun's magnetic field - which creates the dark sunspots on the star's surface - twists up and reconnects, blasting energy outward and super-heating the solar surface.

As the researchers explained, actually capturing the birth of such a solar flare was a rather hard process as a tyical X-class flare can burst and reach its peak in as little as five minutes, meaning astronomers need to act fast to ensure they catch the crucial opening moments of the flares evolution. This largest solar burst has a great amount of an energy, which may equal to a billion numbers of hydrogen bombs.

A total of three X-class flares were observed over a 48-hour period, along with medium-intensity flares that went off earlier last week, and another, just slightly less intense X-class flare on Sunday. For example, an X2 is twice as strong as an X1 and an X3 is three times as intense.

Intense solar flares can however disrupt Global Positioning System and communications signals.

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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.

A group of researchers from the Queen's University Belfast and Sheffield University has captured the largest solar flare in around 12 years in the La Palma with the help of the Swedish Solar Telescope.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of the events. Coronal mass ejections are clouds of electrified, magnetic gas weighing billions of tons ejected from the Sun and hurled into space with speeds ranging from 12 to 1,250 miles per second.

The two eruptions occurred in an active region of the sun where an eruption of average intensity occurred on September 4. But we passed that point in the current cycle in 2014 and are now approaching the solar minimum.

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