Nasa unveils a dramatic moment as a powerful solar flare erupted from the Sun this week

THE awe-inspiring moment as a powerful solar flare erupted from the Sun earlier this week was captured by Nasa.

The space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted the super-hot stream of radiation as it was being ejected from our star on Wednesday.

A strong X-class solar flare as it erupted from the sun on March 30th

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A strong X-class solar flare as it erupted from the sun on March 30thPhoto credit: NASA SDO

According to a NASA blog entrythe explosion burst into the strongest flare class our Sun is capable of, an X class arriving at X1.3.

It poses no threat to Earth as it was shot in a different direction, but if it hit our planet it could have crippled power grids and satellites.

“Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy,” NASA wrote.

“Eruptions and solar flares can affect radio communications, power grids, and navigation signals, and pose a risk to spacecraft and astronauts.”

The hot material flow is the result of a Frenzy of solar storms erupted from the sun this week.

A total of 17 were caught Monday by Nasa observatories exploding from the star, and at least two were fired toward Earth.

When CMEs reach Earth, they unleash what is known as a geomagnetic storm — a largely harmless disturbance of the magnetic field.

Luckily, the flares fired in our direction were low-intensity, which posed no threat to technology on Earth.

The March 30 eruption pictured by Nasa, on the other hand, could have caused havoc if it had happened that way.

“This flare is classified as an X-class flare,” wrote Naa, specifically an X1.3.

Naa continued, “X-Class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about their strength.

“An X2 is twice as intense as an X1, an X3 is three times as intense, etc.”

Data on this week’s CMEs were collected from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

They are the result of an unusually active sunspot, dark and violent regions appearing due to a tangle of powerful magnetic forces.

The storms have resulted in Northern Lights being seen at unusually low latitudes in Europe and North America.

Solar storms are caused by CMEs and solar flares, which are giant ejections of hot material called plasma from the Sun’s outer layer.

They can cause the appearance of colorful auroras by energizing particles in our planet’s atmosphere

Each solar storm is graded by severity on a scale of one to five, with G1 denoting “minor” and G5 denoting “extreme.”

At the high end of the scale, storms wreak havoc on our planet’s magnetic field, which can disrupt power grids and communications networks.

“Harmful radiation from a flare cannot penetrate Earth’s atmosphere and physically affect people on the ground,” NASA says.

“However – if they are intense enough – they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communication signals propagate.”

In the past, major solar flares wreaked havoc on our planet.

In 1989, a powerful solar flare shot down so many electrically charged particles that the Canadian province of Quebec was without electricity for nine hours.

Not only can they cause problems for our technology, but they can also harm astronauts working on the International Space Station, either by exposing them to radiation or by interfering with mission control communications.

The Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the more extreme effects of solar flares.

The sun is currently at the beginning of a new 11-year solar cycle, during which flares and flares usually become more intense and extreme.

These events are expected to peak around 2025, and there is hope that NASA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft will observe them all as it aims to fly within 26 million miles of the Sun.

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