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Monster Solar Flare Marks 7th Powerful Sun Storm in 7 Days

12 Septembre 2017

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.

The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class.

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.

To see how this event may affect Earth, please visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center at http://spaceweather.gov, the USA government's official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.

Less than three hours later, at 8:02 AM EDT, a second, much more powerful X-class flare followed it. The collected information from the solar flare can be channeled in to a number of billions of pounds of the weather industry of the space to well protecting satellites from the sun's dangers. That flare was the strongest since 2015, at X2.2, but it was dwarfed just three hours later, by an X9.3 flare, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC).

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This flare is the capstone on a series of flares from Active Region 2673, which was identified on August 29 and is now rotating off the front of the sun as part of our star's normal rotation.

The largest ever recorded example of a solar flare has been recorded as striking Earth, but thankfully its effects have been pretty spectacular.

Aside from just glimpsing something spectacular, getting the solar flare on camera is important in helping to predict when they might occur, which will be vital if one is of such severity that it could affect Global Positioning System satellites and power grids on Earth.

Solar ejections are often associated with flares and sometimes occur shortly after the flare explosion. The solar burst can drive away the plasma from the surface of the sun with the speed in phenomena of upto 2000 Km per second which is called as "Coronal Mass Ejections".

Monster Solar Flare Marks 7th Powerful Sun Storm in 7 Days