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"Might As Well Call It An X-Flare!": Sun Burps Strong Solar Flare
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“Might As Well Call It An X-Flare!”: Sun Burps Strong Solar Flare

The space weather community on social media platform X reports a powerful solar flare around the center disk of the sun that almost registered as an X-class earlier today. 

Space weather and aurora website SolarHam reports, “A strong solar flare (M9.8) was just detected around AR 3500 near center disk. A wave of plasma appears to be leaving the flare site, a good sign for a potential Earth-directed eruption.” 

“Might as well call it an X-Flare!” one X user said. 

“The solar flare is eruptive and seems likely to produce a CME in Earth’s direction. The radiation caused by the solar flare is also affecting Earth’s ionosphere on the daylit side and may interfere with users of high-frequency radio communications,” aurora forecast website Space Weather Watch wrote in an X post. 

University of Maryland Solar physicist Keith Strong said, “In about a week (assuming it survives) it will move into a geoeffective position and high-speed solar wind from it will likely impact the Earth, causing geomagnetic storms.” 

The commonly used system for classifying solar flares categorizes them based on their intensity. The weakest are A-class flares, followed in ascending order of strength by B, C, M, and X classes.

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Powerful X-class solar flares can cause damage, particularly to satellites, communications systems, and power grids on Earth.

The frequency of solar flares increases as the sun moves towards another solar maximum

Tyler Durden
Tue, 11/28/2023 – 21:45

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