Earth’s star declared a long-duration solar flare early this sunrise while blasting high-energy radiation into space for about three hours. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which has been exploring the sun from Earth’s orbit since 2010, identified the dramatic event in numerous wavelengths.
The flare enrolled as an M3.4, leaving it in the “medium” class of solar explosion. However, it was sufficiently strong to cause momentary radio blackouts in the Asia-Pacific region here on Earth.
This morning’s flare was related to a coronal mass ejection (CME), a big cloud of superheated plasma that rockets out from the sun at enormous speeds. Both SDO and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a NASA/European Space Agency study launched in 1995, clasped imagery of today’s CME, exhibiting the plasma cloud’s enormous size and impressive speed.
The two spacecraft’s perspectives corresponded, provided their different orbits; SOHO circles the sun at the Lagrange Point 1, which is a gravitationally stable space in space about 930,000 miles from Earth in the way of our star.
“Big CMEs that hit Earth can trigger powerful geomagnetic storms, which can have effects both negative (potential satellite damage) and positive (supercharged auroral displays). But it doesn’t appear that today’s CME was aligned with Earth, “experts said.