Watch: Active October Sun emits powerful X-class solar flare, Science News


The Sun has cast a spell in our path, brighter than a twinkling ghost and faster than a black cat’s tail swing, just in time for Halloween.

According to NASA, a large solar flare emerged from the Sun on October 28, triggering “strong geomagnetic storm monitoring.”

In one video, a rocket was identified as an X-1 rocket, the most powerful classification.

On October 28, the Sun produced a large solar flare that peaked at around 11:35 a.m. EDT.

The incident was recorded on film by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which continuously monitors the Sun.

These images captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory cover a few busy days of activity between October 25 and 28 that ended in a large solar flare. October In the middle of the morning of October 26, an active region on the left limb of the Sun “flashed with a series of small flares and petal-shaped flares of solar matter,” wrote NASA Goddard.

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“Meanwhile, the Sun had more active regions at its lower center, directly facing Earth. On October 28, the largest of these triggered a major eruption, which peaked at 11:35 a.m. EDT. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from an eruption cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however – when intense enough – it can disrupt the atmosphere in the layer. where the GPS and communication signals move, ”the video caption reads.

The storm is compared to the Carrington event of 1859, when a geomagnetic storm disrupted telegraph operations for several days.

What are solar flares?

A solar flare is a rapid and intense explosion on the surface of the Sun that occurs as a result of massive amounts of energy stored in suddenly released magnetic fields.

As the explosion occurs, radiation is released into the universe, directly affecting the planets in our solar system. These radiations include radio waves, X-rays and gamma rays.

NASA claims that the energy released by this explosion is equivalent to the simultaneous detonation of millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs. Even then, it is only a tenth of the Sun’s total energy.

Harmful radiation from an eruption cannot enter Earth’s atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, but it can disrupt the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel if they are strong enough.

(With contributions from agencies)


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