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Source link A new report has been released by ScienceDaily, detailing the most recent solar flare news. Scientists have revealed that the sun recently unleashed its most powerful solar flare of the current solar cycle.

The solar flare, which is classified as X-class by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) classification system, occurred on August 9th and is the strongest yet for the current solar cycle, which began in 2011.

The flare sent out a massive wave of charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), in the direction of Earth. Fortunately, due to the angle of the CME, it passed well to the side of Earth and is not expected to have a direct adverse effect.

However, the phenomenon can still pose a risk to sensitive operations and equipment in space, such as satellites. Scientists are closely monitoring the ripple effects this solar flare may reportedly cause.

A layer of Earth’s atmosphere called the ionosphere may also be influenced by the CME, leading to disruptions to GPS and communications signals. Moreover, the CME could potentially cause auroral displays at the poles, often referred to as the northern lights.

This solar flare is the most powerful of its kind since October 2017. A solar flare is similar to a geomagnetic storm, which is a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field caused by the solar wind.

Although the most recent solar flare is undoubtedly significant, it is far from the strongest in history. The largest flare ever recorded was an X-20 in November 2003. X-class solar flares are the most powerful type and are typically associated with strong CMEs, which have the potential to cause disturbances in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Solar flares can have a damaging effect on satellites, communications equipment and even power grids in rare cases. As such, ScienceDaily suggests that the public stay informed and keep track of solar flare watch updates to stay prepared.

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