Strongest Solar Flare Sun Solar Cycle
The strongest solar flare of the sun’s current solar cycle was detected earlier today, classified an X2.2, and it peaked at 03:57 UTC originating from sunspot region 2992. These powerful bursts of energy can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft as well as astronauts. Fortunately, this solar flare was not Earth-directed as X-class flares are the most intense.

This latest eruption was followed by a coronal mass ejection, or in other words, charged plasma that moves slower and can produce incredible auroras as it collides with Earth’s magnetic field. Since this CME was located on the side of the Sun from the perspective of Earth, those particles were not directed towards us. For those interested, this was the largest solar flare detected in years.

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NASA observes the Sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the Sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere, and to the particles and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth,” said the agency.

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