Space Station crew forced to seek shelter during massive solar flare

Now, after the hurricanes in the Atlantic, this solar flare has captured lots of public attention which has created a sense of tension among them. After the total solar eclipse and the colorful solar storm lights, the people of the Earth get yet another chance to witness some more drama happening inside the Sun. It is expected that the solar flare will have the energy level of billion hydrogen bombs. Since 1996, around eight powerful solar flares have been recorded, but this one was something new. Due to this, some awesome lighting effects were seen in northern latitudes, northern England and Scotland.

Although you can view these spots through your solar viewing glasses, you can get a clearer view of those large spots through a solar telescope. The sun produced several huge solar flares last week, one of which was the strongest observed in a decade.

A team from a consortium of United Kingdom universities, including the University of Sheffield and Queen’s University Belfast, supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, observed these historic events in extremely high detail using the Swedish Solar Telescope in La Palma. “These observations can tell us how and why these flares formed so we can better predict them in the future”. The scientists can predict more clearly how and why these solar flares happen.

Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however-when intense enough-they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where Global Positioning System and communications signals travel.

We are charging into the bed of solar minimum when there are fewer sunspots on the Sun, solar flares or coronal mass ejections, large removal of plasma, electrons and ions, and magnetic fields. The information will also help space weather companies protect their high-cost satellites and the equipment from the sun’s solar flares. When the solar flare occurs, it ejects components called coronal plasma.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reported high-frequency radio blackouts and disruptions in the low-frequency communication used for navigation as a result of the flares. Many scientists and aurora-hunting enthusiasts are carefully observing the storm’s ongoing activities and effects.

An X-class flare, the most powerful of solar storms, erupted from at 5:10 AM EDT (0910 GMT) from a huge sunspot.

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