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Enormous solar flare caused radio blackouts 93 million miles away

Enormous solar flare caused radio blackouts 93 million miles away”

Solar storms are generally calm due to the Earth's protective magnetic field, but they could prove to be hazardous to modern living because they can cause destruction with continent-spanning electrical systems. And we might see some other effects in the coming days, mainly in the form of northern lights. The X9.3 flare was the strongest observed since an X9.0 in December 2006 and the eighth most powerful since at least June 1996, according to Smithsonian.com and SpaceWeatherLive.com. Like Earth, the sun has a magnetic field, sort of like a looped rubber band: at one end is the south pole, the other the north. During the Sun's rotation, the magnetic loops become wrapped becoming tighter as the rotation progresses.

The most powerful sun storm ever recorded blasted the Earth with enough radiation in 2003 to disable NASA's solar measurement equipment.

"This is a decade-class flare".

Extreme solar flares are also unsafe, especially for satellites in space close to the Earth, as the plasma jolts can damage then, and even mess with the electrical grid here. These jets of ionized matter are projected at high speed in and beyond the crown of the sun, to hundreds of thousands of kilometers altitude. The most recent CME is expected to hit the Earth sometime late on September 6.

In addition to attractive auroras, the geomagnetic storm could disrupt communications, as well as damage satellites and power grids.

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Also, the flares can cause throw out people's internal clocks.

Waiting for the exact answer with the help of some coronagraph imagery Rob Steenburgh, SWPC space scientist said: "It was accompanied by radio emissions that suggest there's a potential for a CME, we have to wait until we get some coronagraph imagery that would capture that event for a definitive answer".

A very large solar flare was detected overnight about midnight, and a coronal mass ejection took place the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration reported.

Compared to C- and M-class events, X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger radio blackouts around the whole world and long-lasting radiation storms in the upper atmosphere.



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