The Sun Just Unleashed t in Almost Five Years

The Strongest Solar Flare

The sun unleashed a powerful side flare

The eruption came from a sunspot on the western limb of our local star, and represents the most powerful solar flare seen since 2017. 

NASA's  Observatory observed

the blast at 8:57 p.m. PT on Tuesday, causing a radio blackout for certain shortwave, aviation and other communications centered on Asia. 

The flare was classified as an X2.2

X-class flares are the strongest category measured by scientists, and higher numbers following the X represent an increase in the power of the eruption.

NASA recorded few X1 flares

 in the past year, but this is the strongest seen since the sun blasted off a pair of monster X-class flares, including an X9, in the second week of September  2017. 

Latest explosion was accompanied by

a coronal mass ejection, which is charged plasma that moves slower and can create gorgeous auroras when it collides with Earth's magnetic field.

The energy emitted by a flare,

 moves at the speed of light and propagates in all directions throughout the solar system, which caused the radio blackout the same time the flare could be seen. 

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