With much media attention on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose, other news stories have been pushed aside. NASA reported on 9/6/2017 that the sun released not one but two giant solar flares.
One of these flares has been noted by scientists as being the largest solar flare that’s been emitted in the past ten years and was large enough to cause widespread radio blackouts here on Earth.
Though millions of miles from Earth and really quite beautiful, a solar flare can be still be extremely dangerous because it involves a brief eruption that sends out heavy energy radiation from the sun’s surface. This can affect the earth by causing electromagnetic disturbances that can negatively affect power lines, radio frequencies and magnetic fields.
This solar flare unleashed loops of plasma from two flares that were almost ten times the size of Earth.
Such flares can be fantastic to look at from a scientific point of view but have the propensity for causing major damage to our modernized world that works heavily off of technology. This isn’t a major cause for panic just yet, but we must this is something we must be aware of when preparing for a disaster type of situation.
The following report has more info…
NASA has reported a huge solar flare was emitted by the Sun and it is the most powerful one since 2006. This solar flare has already caused some radio blackouts on Earth and it may cause aurora visible as far south as London. On the morning of September 6, scientists watched as two X-flares were unleashed by the sun.
The stronger flare was the second of the two emitted by the Sun yesterday morning and it was seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). At 5:10 AM EDT, the Sun unleashed an X2.2 flare, with X-class denoting the most intense flares. Then, at 8:02 AM EDT, a much bigger flare measuring X9.3 was unleashed. By comparison, the last time we saw a flare this big was in 2006, which measured at X9.0. The number shows the intensity, with X2 being twice as intense as X1, X3 three times as intense, and so on.
“This is a phase when such eruptions on the Sun are increasingly rare, but history has shown that they can nonetheless be intense,” said NASA. And this one had some effects on life on Earth. It knocked out the high-frequency radio, according to the NOAA, and degraded low-frequency navigation. But the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said it was expecting some radio blackouts yesterday, and the high-frequency radio was expected to drop out for an hour.
The particles from the CME (coronal mass ejection) can also cause aurora activity further south than normal as they interact with Earth’s magnetosphere.
Scientists aren’t sure yet if the CME was directed towards Earth. If it does come our way, it could cause a strong geomagnetic storm that will further hamper communications.
Check out sciencealert.com for more on this story.
An EMP Means No Food, No Water, No Electricity.
Everyone was mesmerized by the recent full solar eclipse and rightfully concerned about the heavily damaged from staring a few seconds at the sun. If the sun contains the power to blind someone in a few moments, imagine the damage that could result if one of these massive solar flares were to collide with Earth with large enough force.
This time it was only radio waves that were blacked out but next time it could be the whole power grid. While there doesn’t seem to be any reason for concern from this particular set of flares, it’s just more evidence that we are always at risk and need to be prepared at all times!
Until next time…
Take care and God bless
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